Husband. Father. Entrepreneur. Software Engineer. Traveler. CrossFitter.
Hello! My name is Ali and I live in Denver, Colorado with my lovely wife (Gabrielle), our young son (Everest), and our 2 awesome dogs (Raja and Rudy). I’ve spent the last 10 years of my career mastering web design and UI development while building online businesses. I’ve had the opportunity to work for a handful of small and large companies in varying roles, solving a wide range of problems. Now I focus on consulting, growing my own businesses, and writing tutorials to share what I’ve learned @ ThatWebDude.com.
When I’m not in front of a computer I enjoy traveling, CrossFit, hiking, Denver Broncos football, and new experiences in general! I love to learn, and I believe that we [as humans] are meant to do much more than live the mundane lifestyle that most of us fall into – work, tv, sports, etc. So get out there and create something!
“Everything is good in moderation.”
I’ve been consulting and freelancing through my digital agency – Creatency – for the last decade. We specialize in custom WordPress development and Rails app development. No, I do not sell my themes – but thanks for asking!
I work with start-ups, entrepreneurs, and other early stage businesses through MemberDev.com. We help our clients build, market and sell their products online. I love the energy and excitement of executing a new idea, especially as it relates to technology.
I studied architecture at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where I learned basic design principles and developed a passion for creating things. I then applied those learned principles to become a graphic/web designer. Through the interweb and the opportunity to work with great developers, I have been fortunate to learn [and practice] front-end development, which has been my core competency as a software engineer.
All that said, most of my learnings and growth in business are not from college. In fact, I think it’s a bad idea for 90% of people.
College is great if you want to become a physician, lawyer, mechanical engineer, or anything else that requires a governed certification. However, it is NOT great for business, and virtually anything else you can learn online. The power of the internet offers much better learning opportunity for most people, from both a financial and flexible perspective.
What I’m currently into:
- Working with Start-ups!
- Teaching my Craft
- WordPress Theme/Plugin Development
- Personal Growth & Development