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Jeff Reifman

Seattle, Washington | +1-206-706-7770 | ​​ | ​

I’m an eight year Microsoft veteran and technology entrepreneur with strong communication
and management skills. I’m seeking a senior technical program management role in product
and software development. I am open to relocation.

Leadership Experience
❏ Built and managed 45-person multi-discipline team at Microsoft for the launch of’s news service, a year after building and launching MSN News in six weeks.
❏ Raised $2 million in funding as CEO of startup GiftSpot. Built 35-person company in three
months and set strategic direction. Acquired by within one year.
❏ Awarded $689,500 in three grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to
develop Facebook applications for education research and journalism partnerships.
❏ Awarded $580,000 in two grants from the Omidyar Foundation and AspirationTech to
expand development of a suite of technology services for nonprofits.

Work Experience
Lookahead Consulting, Seattle, Washington
Founder, 06/2012 — Present
Managed development projects and advised for profit and nonprofit technology clients
including Wine Country, Mailgun and Bot Sentinel.

Collaborated with communities developing two pro-bono community efforts: Portland Wild for
the city of Portland and a web-based black women candidate database for the 2018 elections.

Produced more than 200 programming tutorials and technology guides for Programmable Web,
Envato TutsPlus, WP Engine and apilayer.

Developed concepts and coded prototypes for potential startup businesses.

Meeting Planner, Seattle, Washington

Founder and CEO, 01/2015 - 06/2018
Founder of startup to make planning meetings simple. Evolved from my “Build Your Own
Startup” series at Envato TutsPlus. Developed the code for the entire project.
NewsCloud, Seattle, Washington
Founder, 09/2005 - 04/2012
Awarded three Knight Foundation grants totaling $689,500 for metrics-driven research
partnership on youth engagement in news on Facebook. Developed Facebook apps, recruited
and managed relationships with news organizations.
Co-taught University of Washington journalism publishing class with Facebook application.
Won Wired’s Vanish contest for discovery of “missing” journalist Evan Ratliff using NewsCloud

ActionStudio, Seattle, Washington

Founder, 09/2000 - 02/2005
Awarded $580,000 in two grants from Omidyar Foundation and AspirationTech to expand
development of a suite of technology services for nonprofits. Acquired by Groundspring.

GiftSpot, Seattle, Washington

CEO and Co-Founder, 04/1999 - 01/2000
Raised $2 million from investors as CEO of startup GiftSpot, built 35-person team in three
months for holiday launch. Acquired by

Microsoft, Redmond, Washington

Group Program Manager, 06/1991 - 04/1999
Group Program Manager of 45-person engineering and content team. Built publishing systems
for MSN News and Co-led strategy group for MSN Personalization reporting to
executive team.

Began in Microsoft Research on “At Work” embedded systems, wrote functional specifications,
prototyped UX design, led usability testing. Worked closely with development team. Awarded
four patents.​ ​#6,496,182, #5,438,433, #5,917,615, #5,539,530
Worked on future-oriented Microsoft “Redshark” Windows team and Microsoft Store, its early
e-commerce presence.

General Electric, Research & Development, Schenectady, New York

Intern, 05/1990 - 03/1991
GE Research & Development Intern, quadratic programming and optimization with Lingo.

❏ B.S. Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1991
Technology Skills
❏ Experienced full stack web developer: Yii Framework, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, et al.
❏ Experience developing AI and Machine Learning classification systems.
❏ Extensive API programming experience with Twitter, Google Maps, Mailgun, IMAP, et al.
❏ Experience with AWS, Linux server administration, SMTP servers and WordPress hosting.
❏ Experienced technical writer, published 200 creative programming tutorials for Envato
TutsPlus, as well as business plans and design and functional specifications.

During development of Microsoft At Work embedded systems, I received the following patents:
❏ Method and system for providing touch-sensitive screens for the visually impaired, United
States #6,496,182
❏ System and method for facsimile cover page storage and use, United States #5,438,433
❏ System and method for facsimile load balancing, United States #5,917,615
❏ Facsimile machine with custom operational parameters, United States #5,539,530

Community Programs and Leadership

❏ Lead plaintiff in consumer class action case Reifman et al v. Canary Connect, Inc. 2018
❏ Volunteered to develop web-based database of Black Women running for office 2018
❏ Volunteer yoga teacher (RYT500) for at-risk teenagers with Street Yoga, 2013 - 2015
❏ Founding investor in, now nonprofit Northwest news leader, 2007
❏ Co-op investor in Fair Trade Equal Exchange, visited farmers in Peru, 2005 - Present
❏ Founded NGO coffeehouse with local community focus and impacts, 1997 - 2000
❏ Freelance writer contributing on technology, city life, Amazon, et al. Published in
GeekWire, BoingBoing, Seattle Weekly, Seattle PI, Crosscut, Grist, Observer, et al.