Lee Hambley

Founder, Consultant, Software Engineer

Hamburg, Germany

I’m the founder of a successful consultancy company personally offering extensive experience with Ruby, PHP, Lua, and SQL (MySQL and PostgreSQL). Sometimes I work with JavaScript, C or Objective-C. I contribute heavily to open source.

I’ve maintained Capistrano for the last few years; it’s the de-facto standard for deploying Ruby or Rails applications. I’m working hard with a couple of awesome people at making it work well for other projects too, you can watch us work.

You can hear it in my accent when I talk, I’m an Englishman in New York Hamburg.

I like working with Rails, Sinatra, JSON, Javascript, Backbone.js, MiniTest, Chef, Sinon.js, Elastic Search Chrome, Pragmata Pro, Vim, iTerm2, Pinboard.in on my Mac.

You can hire me to work with you if you think I’d be a valuable addition or lead for your project.

You may also be interested in the work of some good friends of mine, Ralph von der Hayden, or the inexorable Hendrik Mans.

Colón Language Center

Deutsch als Femdsprache (German as a foreign language) (Current Level: B1)

Burnley College, England

A-Level Psychology, Business, Computer-Sciences & (Short Course) Mathematics

Mansfield Technology College

GCSEs: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, Religious Education

Speach Media GmbH Hamburg, Germany 2010 - Present

Speach Media’s main project is Freiminuten.de; Acting as CTO, I ensure that we make the correct technical decisions, and keep the platform moving in the right direction. I am also their only developer. (that part isn’t so great!)

I took over the project after the initial 8 week inception phase, after 12 months of feature development and paying-back of technical debt we were able to focus on a variety of improvements to the backend APIs which enable the platform to be autonomous, and run with almost no human interaction.

The stack is Ruby on Rails, Resque, Elastic Search, Sinatra, Middleman, SASS and HAML. Running on top of a Chef managed Linode cluster running Ubuntu.

Watched.it Limited 2009 - Present

I founded Watched.it in 2009 and have been working slowly but steadily on it since then.

Acting as founder, developer, product owner, accountant, marketeer, customer, debugger, QA and designer has been tougher than I ever imagined it would be.

Watched.it works a lot like last.fm, scrobbling the TV Shows that people watch on their computers, or allowing them to manually scrobble using the web application, or via their smartphone.

Watched.it provides an at-a-glance overview of which content is available, and which contend has already been watched, allowing people to forget about ever-changing TV schedules, release delays, mid-season breaks, and more.

The side-effect of providing a useful service to TV fans, is a a valuable insight into realtime viewing patterns across all mediums, especially those often overlooked by cable rating companies.

The stack is Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Resque, C, ZeroMQ, Backbone.js. Running in a Linode supported by CloudFront managed with Chef and Capistrano.

Watched.it is actively seeking investment, mentors and assistance to make my dream become a reality, if you are interested in working with me, investing and believing in me, and helping to make my project enter the mainstream, please contact me.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Licences for my individual projects, and mini-code snippets can be found within each.