Brendan Younger

CEO of Scout IoT, Inc.

Email brendan@brendanyounger.com

Phone number (512) 466-9002

From embedded systems programming to machine learning applications in the cloud, I’ve done a little bit of everything in my 19 years programming. I’m currently running Scout IoT which will drastically reduce the effort and complexity of generating actionable intelligence about manufacturing processes.


Skills

IoT

  • LoRa
  • MQTT
  • Hardware design
  • Predictive analytics
  • Bluetooth Low Energy

Frontend

  • Javascript, HTML, CSS
  • React.js
  • ClojureScript

Backend

  • Clojure
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Objective-C
  • Web application architecture

Work

CEO & Co-founder

Scout IoT, May 2016 –

Scout IoT is a maker industrial internet of things remote sensors utilizing the next generation LoRa wireless standard. This allows for faster installation of data collection, at longer ranges, than previous systems and reduces the time to actionable intelligence from weeks to hours.

  • Received pre-seed funding from the New Ventures investment club in Winston-Salem
  • Developed remote sensors for factories using LoRa wireless transceivers
  • Offering custom data analysis and configuration services to manufacturing clients

VP of Engineering

Mira, August 2015 –

At the time I joined Mira, they had no shipping product or reliable source of location data. By May 2016, I had architected and implemented a full data pipeline for collecting location data from multiple partners (including a custom iOS and Android SDK), a fully functional exploratory dashboard for the data, and several advanced predictive models of crowd demographics at malls.

  • Defined and implemented company strategy for obtaining and processing mobile location data.
  • Implemented Bluetooth beacon sensing SDKs for both iOS and Android.
  • Architected and implemented location event processing and storage using AWS Lambda, DynamoDB, and RDS Postgres.
  • Architected metrics dashboard for viewing location events with heatmap and NVD3.js charts
  • Implemented dashboard as React.js-based SPA with simple Node.js Express backend running on AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Senior Architect

Hostel Rocket, July 2014 – May 2015

As the first employee, I wrote and architected the majority of the frontend and backend of hostelrocket.com. Through judicious automation, custom libraries, and sheer effort, I shipped two separate versions of the site, complete with companion mobile app utilizing Trigger.io and an administrative backend for hostel owners.

  • Created a ClojureScript wrapper around React.js
  • Wrote a custom RPC library in ClojureScript and Clojure utilizing Transit.js as the wire format
  • Consistently shipped code on tight schedules with limited manpower
  • Wrote and maintained CSS necessary to match design comps
  • Designed and maintained the deployment to AWS utilizing Elastic Beanstalk, RDS, DynamoDB, CloudSearch, and ElastiCache

Programmer

Room Key, July 2012 – June 2013

At Room Key, I inherited a slow, buggy Ruby codebase for fetching and managing information on hotels gleaned from multiple conflicting sources. Over the course of my time there, I rewrote the entire system, adding features, reducing processing time, making data flow more explicit, and crafting a custom administrative portal for manual editing of hotel information. Users of the portal routinely praised its efficiency and comprehensiveness.

  • Primarily responsible for backend data collection and internal administrative website written in a mixture of Clojure, JavaScript, Bash scripting, and Pentaho (an ETL tool)
  • Worked closely with QA department and customers (hotel chains) to ensure the process for listing and updating hotel information was simple and transparent

Math and science

High school teacher, August 2008 – June 2014

Any time during the past 7 years when I was not working as a programmer, I was teaching high school math, science, and computer programming. Throughout my time teaching, I found ways to create custom programs to simulate and present mathematical ideas such as vector addition and the interpretation of statistical tests.


Publications

Better software through measurement

PluralSight, September 2013
In the summer of 2013, I created a short course on algorithms that a programmer might employ when working on any social or e-commerce site. It was a great learning experience; however, I prefer teaching in person. It's more motivating, easier to prepare for, and usually pays better.


Education

Masters in Mathematics

University of Texas at Austin, September 2005 – May 2007

Bachelors in Mathematics

University of Wisconsin - Madison, September 2002 – May 2004