The web is the most fertile ground to build on which is why I’ve dedicated my life to teaching people how to build their dreams with great user interface code and interface design.
I am CEO of Frontend Masters which publishes in-depth, modern front-end engineering courses.
Here is the (5 minute) story of starting the company:
Customers have said some amazing things about the service and so I know it’s making a big difference:
“Frontend Masters videos have helped me learn more about front-end in a couple of months than 10 years on the web.” – Leigh Mackay
“These are the best tech videos I have ever seen in terms of production and content quality.” – Steve King
In the past I’ve…
- created the open source project jQuery UI Datepicker (which is now one of the most popular UI component on the web).
- blogged to 100k+ monthly unique visitors.
- podcasted to 40k listeners.
- taught workshop for 150+ people in Israel.
- created conferences for 200+ people at Google HQ.
- spoke at 60+ conferences on UI development topics (see past examples Whirlwind Tour of SVG and jQuery Mobile).
I’ve written sporadic updates throughout the years, so here is a, “career cliff notes” if you will: 😉
- 2017 – The Year I Built a Team
- 2016 – Our 3rd child was born. A girl!
- 2014 – I turned 30! our baby boy was born in Aug ’14 (our first was born in Dec ’12). I quit consulting to work on Frontend Masters fulltime mid ’14.
- 2013 – Did a decent amount of conference talks and launched Frontend Masters video platform officially (March?ish). Got adjusted to having our first kid and life as a Father.
- 2012 – I ran the first Frontend Masters workshop series. Had our first baby girl!
- 2011 – Got married! Ran a 230+ person conference at Google HQ. I stopped blogging almost entirely but did manage to write a few personal posts on concepts of wealth answering: ‘are you rich?’ (which I most certainly am not).
- 2010 – I found out how important education is to me, did a lot of speaking and started creating conferences.
- 2009 – I did some international speaking and got engaged. I was working on building my consulting company further.
- Summer 2009 – My startup Rent Update was launched. I retired my work on jQuery UI Datepicker. I learned a diverse set of web application frameworks and languages through working on client projects. I did lots of work with Ruby on Rails (previously I was working in CakePHP / straight PHP).
- 2008 Reflection – After much debate, I decided not to work as a contractor for Mozilla and instead got some local clients…I figured Mozilla can get whomever they want. It was a good decision as it turns out the local company I helped is now set to be on the Inc 500 list and has 30+ employees up from when I helped it was just two interns and an internet marketer with a mission. I was interviewed by Google and YouTube tons of times, but then realized I wanted to be independent which turned up clear through all the interviews. It was great to find out more of what I actually wanted.
- 2008 Leaving JWT Minneapolis – I quit my only full-time job ever in order to start a consulting company. I learned tons about business structure and employee roles at that full time job…worked on teams and met many amazing people. Many of the “recommendations I received were from that job.
- 2008 Goals for MarcGrabanski.com – all of the important goals here I’ve accomplished like making my website reflect my personality and writing the articles I wanted to write.
- Goals as of 2007 – I set goals in 2007 and by now I’ve accomplished all of them! Even the 5-10 year ones. Amazing. Learning rapid web application development, speaking at conferences, creating a web conference in Minnesota, residual income and family/married/have kids. =)
- 2007 – year of developing lots of open source (created jQuery UI Datepicker), got featured on Ajaxian which was big at the time and spoke at the first jQuery camp/conf.
- 2006 – Worked at a tiny web shop which was the worst 6 months of my career. Started my first full time web development job which was an awesome job in August.
- 2005 – Graduated with a BA degree in CIS.
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