My name’s Brian “Bri” Manning and I’ve been working as a developer since 2006.
I also travel as much as I can, lived in a van for while, play rugby with the North Shore Rugby Football Club, was saved from a fire in my New York City apartment by my heroic dog, have a talented sister, an extremely tough mother, a dad I’m more like every day that goes by, and an amazing fiancee. I’ve lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, on Long Island, in Manhattan, in Santa Monica, back in Massachusetts in the Boston area, and now back in the van on the road.
During and after college I tried to create a small, bootstrapped startup with one other friend. The startup made software to help sports coaches. When he dropped out due to having an actual paying job (the horror!), I tried to go it on my own. That was one of the worst and best decisions of my life. It was an incredible learning experience that shortened my lifespan and hardened a few arteries.
After some time of working on that and freelancing to get by, I decided to get a job at an agency in July of 2009. I worked at Bootsoft, a development agency in New York for two years, as a .NET developer and moving up to tech lead. I changed jobs in July 2011 and went to VEVO. There I led the release of a brand new version of the VEVO website that the current website still takes a lot from.
In May of 2012, I took a big leap across the country and moved to Santa Monica to work at Viddy. Viddy was the hottest startup around when I started. I was able to see the ups, downs, and ups again of a startup from the inside, including our acquisition by Fullscreen! At Fullscreen, I was working to update their internal web and Android tools, improve the Rooster Teeth Android app, and launch both the web and Android portions of their subscription video service.