Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz

Software / Hardware Engineer

In German, you might call me an "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau". It means, literally, "Egg-laying wooly milk pig" — the whole farm in one animal.

Why? I like working on difficult problems, and I often find myself having a hand in many different things at once. I've been known to tackle: Industrial design, mechanical and electrical engineering, electronic hardware development, firmware, communications protocols, software, web, mobile... I have a vast and varied experience, and I like getting my hands dirty.

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Professional History

  • KIWI.KI GmbH

    VP Engineering
    April 2012-

    KIWI.KI is an exciting consumer products/hardware startup out of Berlin, Germany. Initially tasked with transforming their ideas into a prototype, I have since been establishing an engineering department as well as the processes and products involved with the final products.

  • ClaritySpring INC

    Technical Co-Founder
    April 2011 - June 2013

    ClaritySpring's mission is to remove the pain and ease the hedge fund due diligence process. As technical co-founder, I implemented the first version of the site, then architected and formed a team to further develop the concept and vision.

  • Soulstrewn Studios LLC

    Founder

    Soulstrewn Studios was formed as legal protection for my various projects. Through Soulstrewn I have worked on many varied mobile and entertainment projects.

  • Brivo Systems, LLC

    Embedded Engineer
    May 2009 - April 2012

    Brivo Systems is a physical security vendor. My work at Brivo primarily focused on embedded products that were not connected to the internet, but were configured via a browser. In addition, I spearheaded an effort to develop the company’s first new hardware product in more than five years, and wrote modern back-office support infrastructure.

  • gWHIZ LLC

    Software Architect - Mobile
    2008 - 2009

    gWHIZ is a mobile educational software provider. I was hired to port their BlackBerry software to iOS, and in the process I was able to instill best practices and lay down the architecture for a host of successful apps.

  • Advanced Acoustic Concepts

    Software Developer - With Secret Clearance
    2006 - 2007

    AAC is a defense contractor for the US Navy. I wrote documentation, test cases, and developed an automated API testing suite.

Education

  • Frostburg State University

    2006-2009
    Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
    Minor, Business Administration
  • NYU Polytechnic University

    Pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering when life got in the way.
    2004-2006

My Address

Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin, Germany

Mobile Number

US +1 (240) 423-0144
EU +49 (0)157 377 279 89

Contact Advice

I am always interested in talking shop whether it's via email or over the phone, but I much prefer in-person, whether over coffee or beers.