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Alan Christopher Thomas

I'm Alan Christopher Thomas, your stand-in technical cofounder. Bootstrap your product idea with a simple, monthly subscription.

Full stack development

I'm Alan from Windsor, Colorado, USA, and I work with startups and small businesses to help them build new things and scale their applications.

Wearing some extra hats

I help your company establish its technology while also holding a deep interest in the brand, product, business, and people.

Billing just like any other SaaS

Rent my time month-to-month. No billing overhead or 1099s, just a simple monthly subscription with well-defined budgets of my time.

Primary Tech Stacks

Python Python
Javascript Javascript
React React
Django Django
Flask Flask
Pyramid Pyramid
Node.js Node.js
AngularJS AngularJS

Current Learner Languages: Elm, Rust, and Erlang
(plus Ruby and Go proficiency)


  • Individually founded, built, and scaled Define Me — one of the earliest Facebook applications — to over 6 million users.
  • Worked on a two-person innovation team designing emerging technology projects for brands like Sprint, Blue Bunny, New Era, Dairy Queen, Krispy Kreme, and Marmot.
  • Co-Founded and engineered Hitched Up, a wedding website startup, acquired by Minted one year after launch.
  • Refactored the Sauce Labs web stack, moving the company from a legacy Pylons stack to an independently-deployable Django app, and from Backbone.js to a componentized AngularJS style guide.
  • Managed a small, cross-functional team to grow Minted wedding websites into a top performer in the space and a highly successful wedding customer acquisition channel for the company.
  • Created Minted's core home decor image compositing technology, used to generate photorealistic lifestyle images in real-time with dynamic art and fabric designs.


Alan is a born leader and one of the best, if not the best, product and engineering communicators I know. He has an incredible amount of customer empathy, a knack for simplifying engineering problems and schedules, and an envious record of delivering on time and with high quality. He is curious, a welcoming teacher and a learner, a phenomenal teammate, and above all, probably one of the best human beings I know. I have the utmost admiration for him and can't wait to see what he launches next.

–Doug Aley, CRO at Ever
Formerly Shuddle CEO, Zulily VP of Product, Minted GM New Business, and Amazon Sr. Product

Alan is a mature, thoughtful, and productive software developer. When we worked together he showed deep architectural insight and set up our web application with a structure that has been easy to maintain and extend for well over a year. Alan is familiar with all modern development tools, frameworks, and practices including effective team collaboration habits and team communication abilities. Add to that his honest and hard-working nature, and I have no hesitation in recommending Alan for any task he is willing to take on, whether it is a short-term project or an ongoing engagement.

–Jonathan Lipps, Director of Engineering at Sauce Labs

Alan knows his stuff. And you know that's true after talking to him for about 30 seconds. What I appreciate most about Alan is his ability to quickly analyze a situation and make a recommendation in the form of multiple solutions (listing pros and cons for both). And not only that, but he can quickly and articulately take the concept of a highly technical solution and explain it to a non-technical person like myself. He also has a savvy business sense and understands the value of creative in the product development process. I highly value Alan's opinion and guidance. If you have the chance to work with Alan, your project and your team will be better for it.

–Lacey Ellis, Founder and CEO at LittleHoots

I've worked with Alan on and off since 2009. We even started a little company together a few years back. Having worked with him closely, I can tell you that the quality of his work is phenomenal, and his work ethic can't be topped. Alan always puts all of his effort into each project he's involed with. Here's the thing, though: he has a knack for understanding what will utlimately make a product successful. He can efficiently manage project timelines while keeping an eye on the core strategy. It's very rare to find an engineer that understands customer motivations, contributes to product strategy, and masterfully builds the final product. You will find that Alan is a great communicator, collaborator, and will deliver what he promises.

–Travis Beckham, Senior UX Manager at Minted
Formerly Hitched Up Co-Founder/Designer and MMGY Global Associate Creative Director

Let's get down to business.

Shoot me an email at alan@tentmaker.co.
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