Mikey Williams


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Hi, I'm Mikey! :wave:

I'm a senior developer, technical coach, community organizer, facilitator, and artist.

I host group spaces to empower others, not only in a technical or strategic sense, but also a cultural or caring sense. I prioritize the well-being of my community (and myself), which feeds into the strength of my projects.

I've undergone a wide arc of experiments in reinventing wheels, from playing with new technology stacks to playing with social business structures to playing with cultural memes, I have a deep understanding of how things work, I've made enough mistakes to learn how to choose my battles.

I now want to use my skills to lead teams in delivering value to meet clear outcomes.




I'm writing to recommend Mikey as a human for you to work with. Mikey is hands down my top pick of people I would hire to work with if I could (I'm really critical, and this is not hyperbole)

Here's my experience of working with Mikey.

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Mischa Saunders

I feel very lucky to have worked with Mikey on the Minded Web App. His enthusiasm for code is infectious. His ability and willingness to tackle hard problems amazed me. Mikey was a very supportive and patient mentor. He pushed me to solve problems at the edges of my comfort zone with kindness and was enthusiastic about walking me through problems I struggled with. He is also a wonderful human to work with, who will always prioritize people care before solving technical problems, creating a productive and enjoyable work environment.

Gregory Kan

Mikey has been my teammate for the past two years, and he's played a big part in shaping the team's culture, technical capabilities, and strategic direction. He works with a great degree of care and consideration to match his impressive technical expertise. So not only is he a fantastic developer, he's an active community member and facilitator. His ties and contributions to the Enspiral, SSB and open-source communities speak to this point. I strongly endorse Mikey as a coworker and all-round human being.

Richard D. Bartlett

I know Mikey has excellent technical skills, but what first comes to mind for me is his character. He is attentive, caring, patient, creative, and self-aware. He moves from a place of deep integrity and curiosity. I trust him absolutely, and can recommend him without reservation. He will deliver exceptional work while elevating the performance of his team. Mikey is one of those rare birds that combines technical excellence with emotional intelligence. And he is a great dancer :dancer:

Current Work

Founder @ Village Kit

May 2020 to present

Founder & Host @ Art~Hack Wellington

Art~Hack gathering

July 2014 to present

Prior Work

Core Contributor @ Scuttlebutt

Scuttlebutt coloring session at the Decentralized Web Summit

August 2014 to ???

CTO @ Choice To Pay

May 2019 to May 2021

Co-Founder & CTO @ Root Systems

Root Systems retreat

May 2016 to December 2018

Open Source Mad Science

July 2013 to May 2016

Network Manager @ Berkeley Student Cooperative

July 2012 to June 2014

Student @ University of California, Berkeley

August 2010 to June 2013

Network Engineering Assistant @ UC Berkeley Network Operations and Services

January 2012 to April 2013

Founder @ Cal Security Enthusiasts Club

September 2011 to June 2012

Staff @ Open Computing Facility

January 2011 to ~ 2013

Engineering Intern @ Northrop Grumman - Aerospace Systems

June 2010 to January 2012