Hey there, my names Jon Kolman, I’m a freelance programmer and a full stack developer who enjoys working with interesting people on cool projects. My background is immense as I’ve worked in the corporate world at American Law Institute and Ritas as a full stack developer.
In addition to my corporate career, i’ve also worked in the startup world. I’ve had my own entrepreneurial projects and have worked with other smart people on their own ideas. Some of my entrepreneurial projects include glidewithus, flockwithme and fetchmate.
In addition to programming I enjoy traveling to different places. I moved to Norway to work and travel. While there, I started up a company with a few Norwegian friends of mine called Trademate sports. We find value bets on over 40 different bookmakers. You can find trademate here https://www.twine.fm/signin
Fetchmate finds emails off of instagram. Our target market is instagram influencers and it’s used as a marketing tool to take the conversation off of instagram onto email instead. You can find a video of fetchmate in action attached.
Glidewithus is a platform similar to airbnb but for experiences. We believe that introducing the right two people together can change the world, or at least on a smaller scale, those two people’s lives. Speaking technically, I used Django to build out the backend and Jade/CSS/Bootstrap to build out the frontend. I Conducted customer interviews to get feedback on the platform and assess customer needs. I Networked a lot. Attended Philly Tech Meetups to expand team and try to raise money.I realized coding was my passion so decided to focus on becoming a better Developer.
Built Flockwith.me to help automate the process of finding beta users for my projects.
Used Python and the Twitter API to stream tweets based on hashtags and saved them in a postgres database.
Everyday, my bot checks my follower to following ratio, if I am following to many people, it will iterate through the list of people I am following to see who is not following me back. For each Twitter User who is not following me back, the bot sends a request to unfollow that user. However, if my following to follower ratio is good, it will fetch some tweets from my postgres database, favorite the tweet, then parse the tweet for the twitter screen name of the user who initially tweeted the tweet. It then sends a follow request to that Twitter User. Now, whenever I need feedback on a product I am building, I can send out a direct message to my followers and ask them to check the product out. Saves me countless hours searching for potential customers. I currently have 22.9K followers on Twitter and 3839K followers on instagram.