Hello!

I'm an engineer & entrepreneur who has spent over a decade building software products. I wear a lot of hats: I've rotated between writing code, leading engineering teams, founding companies, managing product, and everything in between. I'm also passionate about design, animation, teaching, writing, and music. I started my career as the founding engineer of a social media startup (Involver), which was later acquired by Oracle. Most recently, I spent a couple of years building a healthcare startup focused on sleep (Rested).

I'm now taking some time to work on personal projects, and explore new spaces and skillsets (including the cryptocurrencies space, and learning the fundamentals of drawing/illustration). I tend to have a lot of different interests, so hit me up if you wanna chat about any of them!

You can find me on Twitter, or follow my posts on my blog.


Talks

Teaching

  • iXperience, Cape Town, South Africa

    I flew to Cape Town to build an entirely new education program -- our goal was to teach web development skills to students from colleges across America. As the company was just being launched, I played a key role in helping to found the program in its first iterations. I built the entire curriculum (Ruby, Rails, Entrepreneurship, Design, and much more) and taught the two inaugural sessions of the program in 2014, and another session in 2015 (each session lasts one month and is an all-day intensive format). I wrote a very detailed account of my incredible experience on Medium. The relationship I built with the students cannot be described in words, but as an example of how amazing this group was, the students built a tribute site for me as a going-away present: http://salman.ixperience.co.za. No form of compensation could even come close to the value of this gift. I will cherish it forever.

  • General Assembly, New York & San Francisco

    My relationship with GA started by teaching BEWD (Back-End Web Development) in New York, which was an incredibly fun experience. Some of my students are my best friends today, and it taught me how amazing the experience of teaching can be. Since then, I've had the chance to give numerous talks, sit on countless panels, and most recently started teaching a workshop on Building Startup Ideas.
  • Newsletter: Laugh & Learn
    Monthly email newsletter that curates the best articles to help you learn about development & design, increase your productivity, find inspiration, and remember to laugh.

  • Blog: Medium
    Collection of my thoughts on topics ranging from technology, productivity, inspiration, and more.

  • Comedy: Dare to Rant
    I'm not really sure how to describe Dare To Rant, other than to say it's the place I go when I want to really rant about something (admittedly, it's been a while!). These are long-form essays purely for your entertainment and my venting purposes. Read with a smile :)

Music

I'm a major audiophile, and particularly love progressive house and techno, as well as Bhangra and Bollywood (Indian music). My favorite artist is Eric Prydz, and I have seen him all over the world (London, SF, NYC, Toronto, Miami and more... Yes, I'm obsessed!). I take the music I love and use DJing as a creative outlet to share it with the world. You can listen to my sets below... I spin as DJ Dare. Enjoy!