Jon Speek

Designer // Developer

{ About Me }

I'm a designer, developer, and owner of 2 awesome cattle dogs. I'm currently a Software Engineer at Aljex Software in Boulder, CO and a freelance Developer and Designer on the side. Lately, I have been focusing on expanding my CS knowledge by learning Python, C++, and drilling deeper into Ruby. I've also been working on a Rails app called DevCloud, a cloud-based workspace for developers, an app that stores and analyzes data from the Mars Curiosity Rover, and SpaceGrid - a responsive grid layout (which this site uses).

Early-on in my coding experience I built websites for myself and other musicians. I later decided it was time to level-up and learn Ruby on Rails. After attending DaVinci Coders in Colorado, I started making full-stack web applications.

I'm open to new technologies, and am always interested in learning new things. I love putting my head down and learning by doing (I think it's the best way to learn). Through many of my personal projects and freelance work, I've picked-up little nuggets of info by making mistakes and learning from them. As Bob Ross would say, "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents".

Outside of tech, I'm a professional tuba player (what I went to school for) and have performed with many orchestras, brass ensembles, and bands in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York City to Stefaniensaal in Graz, Austria. Although I gave up my gig as Executive Director of The Brass Roots in Pittsburgh, PA to follow my new passion, I can still be heard playing with the Denver Brass in Colorado.