Jon Culverthat's me! — is a technology enthusiast living in Seattle, WA.

Learn more about me, what I'm working on now, selected projects I've worked on in the past, my speaking engagements or recent press coverage. But feel free to skip all of that and get in touch!

About Me #

Big picture: I believe that better tools drive better information, which drives better decisions and better outcomes. Humans make a lot of bad decisions in the face of confusing information, and I'm here to build tools to help clear that up.

Hack of all trades, master of none, I've done just about everything under the sun related to web development, but I've got a soft spot for tools that enlighten and educate users.

Outside of code slinging I enjoy the finer things in life: craft beer, fresh espresso, and karaoke.

What I'm Working On Now #

Fitcode makes buying jeans online easier for women. We set you up with jeans made to fit your body type. Just fill out a short quiz and we'll take the hassle out of shopping online. Check us out!

Bern Advisory is an interactive guide to explaining how the caucus process works. We decide presidents using the caucus system and nobody knows how these things work. Bern Advisory is out to fix that.

Selected Projects #

Debate With Bernie is a little app that will retweet @BernieSanders on autopilot during the Democratic debates, for any tweets with the hashtags #DemDebate or #DebateWithBernie. How easy is that? Set it & forget it!

Call for Bernie is a phone-banking tool built to mobilize Bernie's enthusiastic volunteer base. It's been put to use, to great successes, for organizing volunteer events, drive voter registration, and recruiting new volunteers to help lead the charge.

Bernie Sanders Events Map is a pretty, interactive map built to show the vast number of volunteer-run events happening nationwide, and helps supporters find local events to get involved with. I helped optimize and scale the site for the furious traffic of visitors.

Jefferson National is a financial services company aiming to shake up the industry by offering retirement products without bloated, expensive rider fees. We've partnered together on a variety of interactive calculators and comparison tools for illustrating the monumental savings to their customers.

Light and Motion produces the best lights in the world for the outdoors — skiing, scuba diving, hiking, running, etc. Teaming up with my pals at BKWLD, we built this gorgeous site to show outdoor enthusiasts, using real data from the field, why these lights offer the best performance.

Simply Measured is about the hottest thing going in Seattle's startup scene these days. I wore a number of hats polishing and hacking both Simply's corporate web site and their namesake web application. To date they've garnered $28MM in funding and numerous awards.

(Granted, the list goes on. I've also done great work for a bunch of other projects, with great folks like Seattle Public Library, SmartWool, Illumina, Microsoft, Budweiser, and T-Mobile.)

Speaking #

Bern Advisory
CUGOS on November 18, 2015

I'm a seasoned developer but still fairly new to GIS, so I'll be talking about my new project, Bern Advisory, and sharing what I've learned so far and a few challenges I've run into.

Bern Advisory
Open Seattle on November 17, 2015

I'll be talking to this civic hacking / open government group about the caucus guide I'm building, Bern Advisory, and how to get voters more involved in their elections.

How to Caucus!!
InfoCamp 2015 on October 17, 2015

I gave an enthusiastic talk about how to caucus in Washington, as well as the tools I'm building to educate voters on how to caucus, called Bern Advisory.

HTML5 & CSS3 Animations
Seattle Interactive Dev on August 15, 2015

I talked about the tribulations of using fancy animations on Simply's new corporate site, comparing JavaScript & CSS3 options, and making it all (mostly) work in IE8. Featuring lots of cameos from a nagging Sarah Palin!

Seattle Creative Mornings on October 17, 2012

The format is random deck PowerPoint slides you've never seen before, and five minutes in front of a room full of strangers who are evaluating how well you're navigating them. I try not to let it go to my head, but that was the day I beat the guy who wrote the book on public speaking. NBD.

Happy Cog'aoke 2
SXSW Interactive 2010 on March 17, 2010

A bunch of web design nerds + karaoke × Austin, TX is the kind of environment I was built rock. Needless to say, my pal Scott and I brought home People's Choice Award that night, in addition to a (widely contested / highly controversial) 2nd place finish.

Press #

On Debate Night, Sanders' Online Army Is Ready for Battle

from Wired on October 13, 2015

Wired did a blurb on Debate With Bernie in advance of the first Democratic Debate. Bernie has consistently out-performed other candidates on social media during and after the debates.

Legion of Tech Volunteers Lead a Charge for Bernie Sanders

from New York Times on September 04, 2015

The work of the extended Coders for Sanders was on proud display in the NY Times. My projects Call for Bernie and the Bernie Sanders Events Map were both discussed, as well as several other influential and successful projects from my Coders comrades.

Bernie Sanders Hosts Biggest Organizing Event of 2016 So Far

from Time Magazine on July 29, 2015

Shortly after pushing out the Bernie Sanders Events Map, in advance of the July 29th nationwide organizing kickoff, I got a quote in Time Magazine, touting my enthusiastic (read: tipsy) support for Bernie.

Get in Touch #

Email gets a bad rap sometimes, but I love hearing from friends, old and new. I'm not looking for work right now but I'm always curious to hear what people are up to and how I can help.

Also available for public speaking, as well as more informal beers, coffees, high-fives, etc. Seattle folks, and parts nearby, gimme a holler.

Rules for contacting Jon:

  1. I am happily employed from now until the apocalypse. Recruiters, I will have a distinctly grouchy tenor if you ignore this and call me during the work day. Please don't do that.
  2. I can try and help locate somebody like me though — drop me an email and I'll see what I can do!
  3. Almost no other rules at all. I love talking shop and also just shooting the shit in general. Let me know how I can help!