Paul Dowman

Meteor JS developer in Toronto, Canada

In 2012 I founded OK GROW!, a software development consulting company. We do Meteor JavaScript development and consulting and we build and launch great web and mobile apps using Meteor and Lean Startup Principles.

Why Meteor?

Contact us to see how we can help with your project.

A few of the interesting things I have done before that are:

  • Director of Technology at GigPark (named one of the top 10 Toronto web startups of 2009). I built the first version on my own and then expanded to a small team that I managed through to the acquisition by Canpages (which was then quickly acquired by Yellow Pages). I then completed the transition and integration with the site. GigPark was built using Ruby on Rails and Amazon Web Services.
  • Created several open-source projects including the most popular open-source Amazon EC2 image to deploy and manage Rails apps.
  • Spoke at the FutureRuby conference on Ruby web application scalability.
  • Founded a software company in 2003. Created a web-based product for improving the efficiency of on-boarding new employees and managing exiting employees. We defined a market which didn’t previously exist, and all major HR software now includes this functionality. We created a great product that our customers loved but ultimately failed because we did a poor job of selling it to enterprise customers. Many lessons learned.
  • Built the first two versions of TurboTax Online, Intuit Canada's online tax software, from 2000 to 2002. This was ground-breaking Java web development at the time and had huge scalability challenges which I enjoyed solving. We developed a stable and reliable app that our users loved.
  • Worked in Hamburg, Germany doing web development at the height of the dot-com boom.
  • Led and implemented all technical aspects of launching the web development department of an ad agency in 1995. I did this while I was still completing my comp. sci. degree at the University of Toronto. It may have been a slight distraction from my studies at times.

When I’m not developing software I can be found either with my kids, or at the gym practicing Jeet Kune Do and Filipino martial arts, or doing something active outdoors.