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Guillermo Esteves

Hello, there. I’m a Venezuelan-American web developer based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, right in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. I’ve been building websites for nearly 20 years, and I’m currently a full-stack engineer at Vox Media, Inc., where I work on the SaaS team to help bring Chorus to newsrooms across the country. Previously at Vox, I’ve led the aforementioned SaaS team as engineering manager; led Revenue Platforms team, helping build better advertising tools & products for our networks; led the Performance team, to help make our sites as fast as possible; and worked as a senior front-end engineer at The Verge, helping build a sweet, responsive, better performing site, as well as cool editorial features like Fanboys and The Verge 50.

Writing

  1. Performance Update #4: So much to do, so much to see

    A recap of the performance work my team at Vox has done in the past year.

  2. Intrinsic ratio elements with a max height

    A little CSS technique I wrote for making elements with a fixed ratio that can also be constrained to a maximum height.

  3. Building iOS-like transparency effects with CSS

    Here’s how you can use the new -webkit-backdrop-filter property, to build cool iOS-like transparency effects with CSS.

  4. Take a peek at the code that powered The Verge 50

    We’ve made the source code to The Verge 50 public so people can hopefully learn from it and use it to tell their own stories.

  5. Verge Favorites: Guillermo Esteves

    A few of my favorite things, on The Verge.

  6. Bigger, faster, leaner: The Verge 1.8 brings many improvements to its front page

    A quick summary of the improvements we made to The Verge with the release of version 1.8.

Podcasts

  1. O’Reilly Learn from the Experts: Being Performance-First

    In this interview, I talked to Ally MacDonald about how companies can make the shift to being ”performance-first” at both a technical and organizational level.

  2. Responsive Web Design Podcast Episode 92: Vox Media Performance

    My coworker Dan Chilton and I spoke to Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane about how we helped build a culture of performance at Vox Media.

Code

  1. gesteves/everglades

    Source code for this website you’re looking at right now.

  2. gesteves/denali

    A simple, fast photoblogging CMS built in Ruby on Rails which features responsive, high-resolution images.

  3. gesteves/snarkov

    A Sinatra-based Markov bot for Slack.

  4. gesteves/alexa-dark-sky

    An Alexa skill to get Dark Sky weather forecasts.

  5. gesteves/alexa-slack

    An Alexa skill to manage status and notifications in Slack.

  6. gesteves/trebekbot

    An addictive Jeopardy! bot for Slack.

  7. gesteves/slackbots

    A collection of useful Slack apps I’ve built.

  8. voxmedia/verge-50

    A Middleman-powered editorial app I helped build for The Verge.

Work Highlights

  1. 2019– · Vox Media, Inc.

    Senior Full-Stack Engineer, Chorus SaaS

  2. 2018–2019 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Chorus SaaS

  3. 2016–2018 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Ad Platforms

  4. 2016–2017 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Performance

  5. 2014–2016 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Senior Front-End Engineer, Chorus for Advertisers

  6. 2013–2014 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Senior Front-End Engineer, The Verge

  7. 2012–2013 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Front-End Engineer, DWI

  8. 2011 · Piictu, Inc.

    Front-End Engineer

  9. 2009–2011 · DailyMe, Inc.

    Developer

  10. 2000–2012 · Self-employed

    Web developer

Recent Photographs

Reading

  1. Cover of the book “The Light Brigade”, by Kameron Hurley.

    The Light Brigade

    Kameron Hurley · 2019

  2. Cover of the book “Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)”, by James S.A. Corey.

    Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)

    James S.A. Corey · 2019

  3. Cover of the book “The Raven Tower”, by Ann Leckie.

    The Raven Tower

    Ann Leckie · 2019

  4. Cover of the book “A People's Future of the United States: Thirty Visionary Stories”, by Victor LaValle.
  5. Cover of the book “Red Moon”, by Kim Stanley Robinson.

    Red Moon

    Kim Stanley Robinson · 2018

Listening

  1. Cover of the album “Into The Wild”, by Eddie Vedder.
  2. Cover of the album “Pearl Jam”, by Pearl Jam.
  3. Cover of the album “Painting Of A Panic Attack”, by Frightened Rabbit.
  4. Cover of the album “Pedestrian Verse”, by Frightened Rabbit.
  5. Cover of the album “Roadies”, by Various Artists.

Elsewhere

View my photography at All-Encompassing Trip, view it again (but smaller) on Instagram, check out my repos on Github, see some of my CSS experiments on CodePen, add me to your professional network (ugh) on LinkedIn, or email me at contact@gesteves.com.