Career

With nearly 20 years of software engineering and operations experience, Arthur Kay offers an extraordinary set of leadership skills and technical expertise to develop meaningful products and high-performing teams. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, VC-funded startups and companies across a wide variety of industries to build cutting-edge software solutions.

Arthur is a successful entrepreneur, technology professional, and mentor. He is a full-time family man, part-time consultant and spare-time musician. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago and currently lives in greater Chicago-land.

I’m currently working full time as Senior Software Engineer forĀ IronNet Cybersecurity.

When I’m outside the 9-5 I actively enjoy the thrill of learning, solving problems and overcoming challenges — here’s a bit more about me.

Skills

I started writing code (BASIC) on my Apple IIc when I was 8 years old because I was fascinated with games like The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. A few years later I was building websites with scrolling marquees on Yahoo! GeoCities — and I’ve been addicted to programming ever since.

Since graduating from Loyola University Chicago in 2005, I have spent my professional career specializing in web technology. I’ve worked with everything from PHP to .NET, C++ to Python, Windows to Linux… and just about everything in between. I can’t be an expert in all things, but if it’s related to the Web I probably know what I’m doing.

These days I spend most of my time coding JavaScript and blogging about business and technology.

I’m also a certified CompTIA Security+ professional.

Startups & Freelance

I love startups, and I engage with a few startups in my spare time. There’s nothing quite like the energy behind building an idea from the ground up, and startups often need a seasoned technical leader to help guide their success — I enjoy filling this role and do it with several companies:

  • SwayBrand, Inc. where I work as Director of Engineering
  • InCheq where I am a shareholder and senior developer

Community

Giving back is very important to me. This means spending time with various causes I care about, mostly related to JavaScript and web technology.

  • I’m fairly active in the local Chicago/Milwaukee developer communities, periodically speaking and always learning.
  • I serve on the Content Advisory Board for ThatConference
  • I also mentor junior software engineers through Thinkful.

More about me…

I take work and my career very seriously, but I’m also pretty laid back.

Read about my core values and personal leadership philosophy.