brianracer.com

Hi! I’m Brian and I craft web applications and work with startups in Denver, Colorado. I founded Deny Boredom and Denvertainment, and previously spent the past 6 years managing DevOps and Infrastructure for Bay-area startups Tilt & Zaarly.

Recently I launched the Deny Boredom Playbook (iTunes, Google Play), a great way to experience Denver and receive great deals on food, drinks, and other experiences.

I’m a well rounded full stack software engineer with experience across a spectrum of technologies including web development, infrastructure operations, security, and computer graphics.

Do you need help? Perhaps you're project is behind or you're on a tight schedule and need someone who can jump in and hit the ground running — then I might be your guy!

Send an email to bracer@gmail.com and let's talk!

Don't know what you don't know? Don't be shy! Reach out and let's chat about what your needs might look like.

Recent Projects


Deny Boredom Playbook

The Playbook is Denver’s best membership program that encourages customers to save money while experiencing the best that the city has to offer. Playbook subscribers receive BOGO’s (buy one, get one) from a mix of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout Denver’s most popular neighborhoods.

I designed and developed the mobile app for both Android and iOS, and also developed the backend API and Subscription service.

Mobile App Backend / API / Billing / Subscriptions
  • Android and iOS
  • Cordova, Angular 2, Ionic Framework
  • Typescript
  • Facebook & Twitter Auth
  • Geolocation
  • Rails 5
  • Payment Processing via Stripe
  • Postgresql 9.6
  • Elasticsearch

Denvertainment.com

Denvertainment.com is your guide on what to do right now in Denver. I designed and developed both the frontend and backend. A sample of technology used:

  • Rails 5
  • Rails asset pipeline + webpack + react/redux
  • Postgresql
  • Elasticsearch
  • Wordpress with modern containerized development workflow - PHP7, SCSS, Webpack
  • Provisioning via Ansible

Amazon Web Services for Tilt & Zaarly

For over 5 years I managed DevOps and infrastructure for Tilt & Zaarly.

  • Managed fleets of 50-150 EC2 instances
  • Logging pipeline with Logstash, Elasticsearch, Kibana
  • Metrics pipline with InfluxDB, Sensu, and custom tooling
  • Monitoring pipeline with Sensu, Nagios, PagerDuty and custom tooling
  • Synchronized multiple datacenters across the globe
  • Performance tuning PostgreSQL
  • Numerous AWS Services: EC2, S3, Lambda, VPC, ELB, CloudFront, RDS, CloudFormation, Beanstalk, IAM Roles, KMS, SQS, SNS, ElastiCache, AutoScaling
  • Automation with Cloudformation, Chef, Ansible
  • Vagrant, Docker for development and testing
  • Dynamic CI environments with Jenkins

On Your Money

On Your Money is a website to provide you with up-to-date financial information and advice.

I developed the frontend & backend which includes a custom built online store for digital eBook purchases and management.

  • Rails 5
  • Payment processing via Stripe
  • Postgresql
  • Elasticsearch