I’m Daniel Ziegler and I grew up mostly in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania where spent my early years exploring the 900 acres of forests and mountains behind our house. In 2000, I picked up a book on HTML & Web Design and started my journey into web development.

By 2001 I had my first paying job essentially apprenticing an engineer who maintained a few websites as a side job. I started picking up CSS and Javascript in that role. That summer, I also started working alongside a network admin friend of mine learning the ropes of managing and maintaining a Windows-based network.

By 2004, I was providing consultation and custom web development services to a variety of small business as I worked my way through college. PHP was my most frequently-used tool but I’d also gained experience with server administration in a variety of Linux-based web hosting environments.

In 2007, I started my first full-time job in technology as an IT/network admin and web developer for a small business in Ohio. Over the next 6 years, I came to the realization that I was not a true software engineer but rather someone who used my programming skills to solve for business needs.

During that time, I transitioned to a management role in that company where I led fulfillment, ecommerce, marketing, IT, and retail operations. When a role opened up at an ecommerce shipping company nearby, I jumped at the opportunity to take the skills and experience I’d gained and apply that to the advantage of thousands of retailers instead of just one.

Now, I live in Austin, Texas where I work with the same, now much larger, company focused on business development but with a hand in product, operations, and business administration.

I don’t get the chance to get my hands in the code much anymore (our customers should be thankful for that fact) but still see my role as using technology to achieve the business goals of my company and our clients.

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