Let's build rad stuff together!

Hi there! If you’re reading this, you’re likely considering me for a position with your team. Thank you! Here’s a little more about me.

I come to you with over 20 years of development experience, including tenures in executive and supervisory positions, project management and product ownership skills in Agile, Scrum, and other methodologies, and an extensive software architecture background. I’m also an expert marketer and writer, an experienced OEM manager, a competent salesperson, and a decent human.

I’m searching for an opportunity to make a huge impact for an organization that will value me as much as I value it. I prefer to stay with companies for the long haul, learning every role in the company that I can and pairing that knowledge with my experience to identify clever solutions and deliver a ridiculous amount of value. Pretty much every organization I’ve worked for has promoted me, often to newly-created positions crafted around my unique skill set, for one simple reason: I am constantly seeking opportunities to do more to help my team win.

I’m a master of PHP, Java, and SQL, with a fair amount of experience in C++, familiarity with several other languages, and an eagerness to ninja-quickly absorb other technologies as warranted. I’m a strong advocate of clean and LEAN code, standards compliance, security- and best-practices-first architecture, and API-driven design. Unlike most developers, “docs” is not a four-letter word to me, but "impossible" is. I thrive equally as a lone developer or part of a Scrum team, and I’m no stranger to thought leadership. To me, every feature request is an opportunity to better understand and evolve the application by resolving the “root why” of the request rather than just mindlessly doing the bare minimum to close the ticket. I do my best, in everything I do, to embody the Scrum values of respect, openness, focus, commitment and courage, whether or not I am actively working on a Scrum team.

With me on your team, you will immediately feel my impact as a vocal advocate for doing things right the first time and building things that last, and you’ll quickly see me leading by example on those fronts. Together, we’ll find new and creative solutions to the problems you’re trying to solve. I’d welcome an opportunity to interview with you at your earliest convenience, so you can tell me about the kinds of challenges you’re facing and we can formulate a strategy for combining my experience, passion, and talent with your existing team in order to crush your backlog.

As a vanguard of automation, I appreciate more than most just how precious human bandwidth is. Thank you for spending some of yours looking over my application and credentials. I look forward to making that investment pay off for you soon!

Matt Holden

recent work experience

education and certifications

side projects

programming languages & frameworks


  • PHP 5.x - 7.x
  • Zend Framework
  • Propel ORM
  • Composer
  • phpUnit


  • Java 7 & J2EE
  • Swing / AWT
  • Hibernate ORM
  • JUnit
  • Jasper Reports
  • Ant

c & c++

  • C & C++
  • DirectX
  • OpenGL
  • OpenAL

js / html

  • Javascript / jQuery
  • node.js
  • Bootstrap
  • HTML5 & CSS3

other languages

  • Python
  • Bash
  • Visual Basic
  • CoffeeScript
  • ZPL2

integrations & design patterns

data layer

  • PostgreSQL
  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL
  • XML & XSLT
  • JSON
  • Redis
  • YAML


  • Routable
  • Stripe
  • Square Connect
  • PayPal
  • USA ePay
  • Crowdfunding


  • USPS/UPS/EasyPost
  • most social networks
  • Modbus / SCADA
  • ticketing platforms
  • Mailgun

design patterns

  • OAuth2
  • REST
  • MVC
  • object-oriented
  • test-driven dev

stuff i've built

  • RESTful APIs
  • CRM & ERP
  • eCommerce/POS
  • survey modules
  • customer portals
  • media processing apps

dev tools & devops

issue tracking

  • Jira
  • GitHub/GitLab Issues
  • Bugzilla
  • Fogbugz
  • RedMine
  • Mantis


  • PHPStorm
  • Sublime Text
  • Eclipse
  • Visual Studio

version control

  • Git
  • SVN
  • CVS

sdlc pipeline

  • Jenkins
  • QuickTest Pro
  • Sentry
  • New Relic

server stack

  • cPanel & WHM
  • Apache & Tomcat
  • Linux
  • Windows Server
  • DNS
  • Cloud architecture

other skills


  • Agile
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean

project mgmt

  • Gantt charts
  • test plans
  • ERD/data diagrams
  • OKR
  • roadmaps
  • user stories

software docs

  • user manuals
  • specifications
  • data diagrams
  • Markdown & wikis
  • OpenAPI / SwaggerHub


  • Kickstarter / IndieGoGo
  • conventions
  • press releases
  • RFP / RFI
  • B2B / B2C sales
  • retail sales

industry exp

  • datacenter / ISP
  • marketing / PR
  • manufacturing
  • events and ticketing
  • point-of-sale
  • medical
  • fintech
  • tabletop & video games


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