Hi there! My name is Clint Ecker and I'm currently
living in New York City!
I'm a software developer by trade (work history) but
I went to school in West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University. While
there I majored in Computer Engineering with a focus on Electrical
I was born in Wichita, Kansas and lived there until I went to university.
After Purdue I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for a while, then spent a good
decade of my life living in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago was the place where I really blossomed into the engineer I am
today. For many of my years in Chicago I worked remotely for Ars
Technica which had just been acquired by Condé Nast—a large magazine
In 2017 I moved to New York City and transferred to Venmo as a Senior
Engineer. I eventually helped to found the Software Architecture
department and did a significant amount of work as a Senior Systems
Architect responsible for the entire API and Identity platforms. In late
2019 I resigned and continue to be purposefully and happily
As of October 2019 I am unemployed and not looking to do any kind of work
- Currently: Retired 😎
- October 2019 (Venmo/NYC): Left PayPal/Venmo!
- January 2019 (Venmo/NYC): Helped to found the
Software Architecture organization at Venmo. Started as Senior
Systems Engineer. Worked on a broad range of problems, primarily
focusing on its main API product. Topics included refactoring
inefficient sub-systems to scale with Venmo's current and future
growth, migrating flagging data stores full of product-critical data
without impact to availability, shepherding massive architecture
projects focused on several key areas of the product that helped the
organization launch a wide-array of new products.
- January 2017 (Venmo/NYC): Transferred to a position
at Venmo in New York City in a position as a Senior Software
- August 2015 (Braintree/CHI): Startup acquired by
PayPal. Took a position as a Senior Software Engineer in
the Braintree organization working on an e-commerce integration
- December 2012 (Modest/CHI): Helped found an
e-commerce startup in Chicago, IL. We built an e-commerce platform
that attempted to simplify the lives of online merchants and
facilitate their transition from the mobile web to native e-commerce
applications. I personally worked on the implementation of our API
layer and guided the development of almost all other backend
- November 2012 (Obama For America/CHI): Re-elected
President Barack Obama.
- October 2011 (Obama for America/CHI): Took a
position as a Senior Engineer on the re-election campaign for President
Barack Obama. Worked on several teams including our Narwhal
API layer and was the engineering lead for the Identity application
that facilitated accounts, logins, authentication, and authorization
for every Barack Obama application and donation platform.
- January 2010 (Ars Technica/CHI): Promoted to
Director of Technology.
- September 2008 (Ars Technica/CHI): Hired as a
Software Developer and Project Manager at the newly acquired—by Condé
In addition to the above professional positions, I have also worked in
the advertising industry as a software developer, as an RF Engineer for
a major American cell phone network, an Editor, Journalist,
Photographer, Party Planner, Dishwasher, Security Guard, Cashier, and
Garden Shop employee.