Snooty Monkey is a collective of software developers started in 2007 by Sean Johnson in the town of Chapel Hill, NC. We enjoy creating the software we wish existed in the world, so we can use it ourselves.
Software can be be either a drain on human potential (Zynga, we’re looking at you) or a force for good. One potential source of good is software that helps people with their goals for self-learning and self-improvement. This is where we’ve chosen to focus our efforts.
I’m a father, husband, autodidact, software engineer, product manager, entrepreneur, ferret keeper, lacrosse goalie, bibliophile, Buccaneer fan, Falklandsophile, and the founder of Snooty Monkey.
How did I get this way? I got a Commodore VIC-20 computer for Christmas when I was 6 (a very long time ago) and ever since I've spent a portion of everyday designing and writing software.
These days I use Clojure, Erlang, and Ruby, not Assembly, BASIC and C, but my passion for good user experience and simplicity in software has only grown stronger over the years.
I am a dynamic figure, often seen building software, disrupting incumbent industries, and practicing rocket surgery. I have been known to feed hungry children on my lunch breaks (OK...just my own).
I studied materials science and engineering formally, software engineering informally, and habit-building subconsciously. When I am bored, I solve: global warming using startups, financial independence using frugality, and health problems using the pseudo-vegan diet and body-weight exercise. During my copious free time, I design automated micro-farms, coming soon to a backyard near you.
As you can also see, I have an extraordinary talent for both brutal honesty and selfless humility.
I have the distinction of being the only Snooty Monkey apprentice. Being an apprentice at Snooty Monkey entails hours of being leapt upon by crazed ferrets while reading and writing code.