Paul Dowman

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I build technical products and teams.

I am enabling trustworthy AI through cryptographically verifiable computing at EQTY Lab. Previously I led Blockchain engineering at Shopify, and I led engineering for user-facing apps at Polygon.

I like adventures and I like solving problems. I have built many products, led software development teams and organizations, led technology at a startup with a successful exit, founded and operated a successful company for 8 years, and helped lead and scale one of the fastest-growing large engineering organizations in the world at Shopify. I have created popular open source projects, organized conferences with hundreds of people, built a successful training program, and built trust with all whom I have worked with.

I love to talk about software engineering and building great products, the business of technology, and anything related to decentralized infrastructure and blockchain tech. If you're working on similar things, or have an interesting technology, process, or culture problem/opportunity send me a message and let's talk.

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MARCH 10, 2024

Platforms, features and experiments

How to think about investments in software architecture.

DECEMBER 13, 2022

Permissionless public infrastructure

Permissionless public infrastructure - why we need open state, open execution, and open programmability.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

What a high performing team looks like

High performing software development teams ship quickly with no blockers.

MARCH 26, 2022

Working across time zones

A truly effective distributed team leans into asynchronous communication.

JUNE 26, 2020

Scaling yourself: meeting or async?

Here's a guide to scaling your calendar and your company!

MAY 09, 2020

Effective remote pair programming

Pair programming is an old idea that’s counter-intuitive but refuses to go away because it actually works. And it can work just as well remotely so here are some tips.

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