Demian Turner

Demian Turner

 

CTO, Seagull Systems Ltd

Date of birth: 17 May 1970

demian@seagullsystems.com

Impressing clients with sophisticated web applications for over a decade.

 

Experienced software consultant proficient in advanced programming methodologies.


Kindo

KindoCTO, Kindo.
London. 2007 - 2008.

 

Kindo is a global, localised web application with users in 150+ countries, in 17 languages, with a multi-national team based around the world

 

I co-founded the social network with 3 colleagues in early 2007. It's a venture capital backed startup that enables families to keep in touch and provides an interface for members to discover new relatives as well as catch up with old ones.

 

In my role as CTO I recruited a tight knit team of talented developers and managed the design and build of a sophisticated social network application. Anyone who's familiar with the complex relationships expressed in genealogical graphs will know what I'm talking about.

 

Kindo allows you to build your family tree in minutes, using the intuitive graphical interface you can add relatives and invite them to join your tree by email, or import contacts from any web-based email provider. The activity stream keeps you posted of who's done what in the family, which invitations were sent, and provides updates for birthdays and anniversary and status messages. The photo album makes it easy to share photos with family. The profile tools allow users to build detailed information about themselves and their past, providing a means for family members to get to know each other better. The network is integrated with context sensitive gift suggestions, and family members are alerted when an upcoming birthday or anniversary is approaching.

 

While building Kindo my team was met with many steep challenges which we took in our stride, in many cases pushing web techniques beyond established boundaries in order to solve a problem elegantly. One such example is the Flash/Javascript/Ajax tree builder interface at the heart of Kindo, recognised by many as being the best of its kind amongst industry competitors like Verwandt, Geni and Genoom.

 

 

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BabyfyBabyfy

Consultant, Seagull Systems.
London. 2006.

 

My team built the Babyfy application - a baby reviews site for parents, in partnership with Technovated.

 

The site is built on a CMS publishing platform that has enabled a team of 10 editors and members of the public to create thousands of baby product and hospital reviews over the last 2 years.

 

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ArtflockArtflock

Consultant, Seagull Systems.
London. 2006.

 

ArtFlock is an online creative community where you can buy and sell original art and craft.

 

I built this site with Ed Lea, the founder, and established a rapid application development environment based on the Seagull framework that was later used to extend the site's functionality to what is is today.

 

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Education

Open University: MSc, Software Development

Milton Keynes, UK, (incomplete, Apr 2004)

Concordia University: MFA

Montreal, Canada, graduated June 1994

 


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