Chap Ambrose

I build useful and generous things.

I'm a developer, designer, and entrepreneur. I've worked on dozens of web apps over the last ten years. I've also built mobile apps, interactive installations, and a hardware product.

I'm productive in a variety of programming languages, but Ruby and Javascript are my first loves. I sweat technical details, yet my degrees in design have taught me to work backwards from user needs.

I don't believe in the strict silos of sales / support / design / engineering. I prefer small, remote teams where titles and egos take a back seat to nimble collaboration, candid critique, and quality work.

I've helped build and launch products for national nonprofits, VC funded startups, and businesses of all sizes.

American Craft

Lead Developer 2009–2017

I helped transition the 43 year old craft show process from paper to the web. I designed and built everything from contracts, to parking pass printing, to show check-in.

I’ve continued to upgrade and support the system as it’s chugged along and processed over $4 million in sales.

Ruby, Rails, S3, Sidekiq, Sage Payments, PDF generation

Make Time Clock

Creator 2014–2016

I designed, user-tested, kickstarted, and delivered a physical product to encourage creative side projects. Originally developed as part of the Fractured Atlas R&D pipeline, this project stretched the organization in its first physical product and first crowdfunded project.

I walked the fury road of Kickstarter fulfillment and came out stronger on the other side.

C++, iOS, Android, circuit board design, supply chain management, quality control, packaging design, customer support

Fractured Atlas

Senior Developer 2010–2016

I built fundraising, ticketing, CRM and support systems specifically for this national nonprofit serving artists. In addition to supporting and evolving the exisiting suite of web applications, I helped developed strategy for new products.

I introduced human-centered design techniques to the team and led contextual research and user testing.

I coached junior developers and managed contractors.

Ruby, Rails, PHP, Chrome extension, Braintree

Pocket Hotline

Founder 2011–2014

My thesis project at Austin Center for Design that spun into a startup. Originally inspired by the overwhelmed front-desk attendant at our local homeless shelter, we created a platform for any community to create toll-free hotline with volunteers answering calls from their cell phones.

Our most successful was the Rails Hotline where over 50 professional developers signed up and spent hundreds of hours dispensing free help to other programers.

Code was open sourced and continues to power hotlines, like the TransLifeline.

Rails, Stripe, Twilio/VOIP


Engineering, Design, Strategy

I've worked with a variety of startups, businesses, and nonprofits. I've done everything from one-day prototypes to years-long partnerships.

I'm drawn to projects that challenge me to learn something new; a programming language, marketing channel, business model, etc.

Austin Center for Design

Interaction Design & Social Entrepreneurship, Certificate 2011

Savannah College of Art & Design

Industrial Design, Interaction Design Minor, BFA 2006

We Are Healers

Board Member and Secretary, 2016–Current