Design & Code

Passionate about the intersection of business, design, and web development.


Success is like the tip of an iceberg: people easily notice what's on the surface but rarely see what's behind the scenes, where the actual journey to success is.

With 10 years of full-stack web development experience and a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship — I can help you build digital products while also validating the idea, market and business opportunity.

Featured Projects

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  • TwentyFifty — Contact work developing a tool to analyse risk in the fashion industry and textiles supply chain.
  • Sendtao — Designed for rollout of remote projects, providing reports that allow customer, stakeholders, supervisory and project management teams real time access to site progress information.
  • Plotty — An alternative gardening brand, with an online seed swapping platform. We created an entire brand manual for the startup with some mockups of how things might look in the future.

Open Source

Recent Articles

  • Agile methodology

    A brief overview of Agile methodology and how our team applied these principles to our startup.

  • Post modern views on Failure

    As I attempt to understand failure and its meaning, this work is a postmodern discourse on the subject, and how we approach and respond to failure in the modern world.

  • Scientific Paradigms and Disruption

    I compared the disruption of paradigms—something that embodies a conceptual framework in which we perceive the world (Chalmers, 1978) with how a start-up functions by finding anomalies and solving a problem that no one had considered before.

  • Working with emotional models in an artificial life simulation

    The aim of the project was to create a testbed for the simulation of an artificial life in which emotional models could be observed in action, as well as provide a method of monitoring and interacting with the simulation.

Code Gists

  • Configuring CloudFront for static websites

    It can be a lot more difficult than you'd expect to properly configure AWS S3 with CloudFront to serve simple static websites with sub-pages.

  • From Zero to Spock

    How to configure and set up an Amazon EC2 server with SSH keys for Statamic and Git Integration for Spock.

Services

Available for work

Code

  • Full-stack development

    Either full-stack Javascript or products a mix with PHP / Laravel backends.

  • Front-end development

    Front-end Javascript applications with React or Vue, Laravel Livewire etc.

  • Backend & Servers

    Server architecture and development. APIs and micro-services, scaling, queues, distributed servers, serverless apps.

  • APIs & CI

    API design and deployment, continuous integration or server configuration.

Design

  • Branding & Logos

    Multimedia work like branding, design, logos, presentations, business cards, posters, etc for companies and friends.

  • Website design

    Design and coding of static websites, including designing for a11y web accessibility standards for impaired users.

  • Print design

    Print design, such as posters, business cards or company documents.

Business

  • Startup Prototypes (MVP)

    I'm capable of rapidly building quick (MVP) prototypes that can be used to show investors, test and get feedback from users, before refining the idea more.

  • Business Plans

    I can shape your business plan, help you identity your target market and make sure that the prototype is a viable product that your customers will love.

  • Technical advice

    Need advice for your startup or idea? I can provide technical advice or consulting to help you avoid any technical pit-falls.

Resume

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Education

  • Falmouth University

    MA Entrepreneurship, 2018-20

  • University of Hertfordshire

    BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 2014

  • University of Pretoria

    BIS. Multimedia, 2008-12

Training

  • Authentic Self Empowerment (ASE) Facilitator
  • Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT)
  • Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
  • Traditional Jikiden Reiki (Shoden)
  • Karuna + Lightarean Reiki
  • Western Reiki I, II, Advanced
  • Astrology

Contact

daniel@karuna.co.za