Selfie2 My name is Samuel Mullen, and I live in the greater Kansas City area with my beautiful wife, our two great kids, and our dog. I currently work as a freelancer specializing in Ruby on Rails and iOS (iPhone and iPad) development, and I am for hire.

I have programmed professionally since 1997 using a host of open source technologies and languages. My employers have ranged from fortune 500 companies such as Sprint and Eli Lilly, to smaller organizations like Andrews McMeel Universal and ITT Technical Institute, as well as startups.

I began freelancing in 2009 when my manager asked me to build a web-based tool “on the side” for her uncle’s company. Shortly thereafter, the company I worked for began a series of layoffs. Although I was not let go, I recognized that no company was looking out for my best interests and the only way to assure my security was to take control of my employment. I began looking for more clients to add to my portfolio, and within two years I was fully independent.

Since entering the workforce, the Internet has blossomed and grown, and I have grown with it. I remember what it was like to build everything from scratch, which may be why I get so excited about new technology; it promises to simplify that which was previously difficult. My eye is always on the future and as such, I am very aware of new technologies as they arise, even if I don’t immediately adopt them.

Projects

This is just a sampling of projects I’ve been a part of over the past few years.

dailyspecial-logo DailySpecial.com is a project I’m currently working on. The site allows people to find restaurants to invite friends to by way of the specials they offer. The site has two aspects to it: one which the customer sees and one for the restaurant owner to administer their restaurants and specials offered.

SQSS (a.k.a. Strategic Quality Support System) is a tool used by more than a hundred hospitals nationwide which enables them to track schedules, ensure compliancy, and evaluate the progress of quality. This is not a forward-facing application.

usatoday-sudoku-logo While at Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) I had the opportunity to create two tools to generate puzzles. My word search generator was created to produce puzzles for publication in books. The sudoku generator produced puzzles which are used in both books and newspapers including USA Today, The Kansas City Star, and many others.

igoogle In early 2008, Google requested a partnership with AMU to produce the GoComics application for iGoogle. I was asked to work with Google and create the initial application. In early 2009 when Google added “social” capabilities to the site, I was again asked to lead up the project for that refresh. I’m still waiting on my t-shirt.

  • a Digital Asset Management system to process and distribute content such as articles, comics, puzzles, and videos)
  • A mobile site for GoComics designed for pre-smartphone handsets.
  • numerous internal tools for gathering, tracking, and charting numbers (sales, web traffic, cell tower usage, etc.)
  • and much more

Education

Everything Else

When I’m not working, you will likely find me watching or coaching my children’s soccer games, running (barefoot), reading, attending church, or just spending time with my family.

The easiest way to contact me is through Twitter (@samullen) or by email (samuel at samuelmullen.com). I’d love to talk to you about projects you need help with or those you want built.