Hi, I'm Garrett.

I create web applications. These days, I spend most of my time consulting with Ruby on Rails and specialize in helping teams improve their development, testing, and release processes. That’s to say that I help teams who don’t have any tests written improve their test coverage and code quality in an ongoing and sustainable manner.

I started FTP’ing my first HTML files in 1998. Then I tried Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver and realized that font tags and WYSIWYG markup weren’t going to cut it. I became interested in CSS and JavaScript and headed down the path of front-end develpment.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer Science. From there, I spent the next eight years in consulting focusing primarily on front-end development and information architecture while dabbling in .Net and Ruby on Rails.

From 2005 to 2007, I wrote a column about front-end design and development for Digital Web Magazine. Looking back, a lot has changed, and much of my writing there is rather dated now.

Over the years, I’ve worked in a variety of roles on sites and applications of all sizes. I currently work as an independent consultant helping SaaS applications with design, information architecture, strategy, email, front-end development, and back-end development using Ruby on Rails. I’m also working on creating a non-profit organization to help amputees be more active.

Sifter

In 2008, I created Sifter, a hosted bug and issue tracking application built with Ruby on Rails. In July of 2010, I began working on Sifter full-time. In March of 2016, I sold Sifter to focus on recovering from medical issues that ultimately led to a left below-knee amputation.

During my time as a bootstrapped solo founder, I learned a lot. So I wrote a book about building, launching, and supporting a hosted web application. I just finished the second edition, and it’s free to read on the web.

Starting & Sustaining

In 2013, I wrote the first edition of Starting & Sustaining, a book that addresses the logistics and lessons learned of starting and successfully running a hosted web application as a solo founder bootstrapping.

After running Sifter through several years of health issues and ultimately selling it, there was a bit more to add. In 2018, I released the second edition that turned out to be a huge update. I also did a series of interviews with others around the SaaS industry focused on their struggles and overcoming those struggles.

Around the Web

Writing Elsewhere

Smashing Magazine

A List Apart

Postmark

Interviews

Speaking

  • Peers Conf - Seattle 2017
  • Refresh Dallas - Dallas 2017
  • MicroConf - Las Vegas 2018
  • Ruby FTW - Ft. Worth 2014
  • SchnitzelConf - Austria 2010
  • Webmaster Jam Session - Dallas 2008
  • Webmaster Jam Session - Dallas 2007
  • Web Visions - Portland 2007
  • Web Visions - Portland 2006
  • SXSW - Austin 2006
  • Refresh Dallas - Dallas 2005