About Me

My name’s JR Heard.

I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University (2010).

I worked as a web developer for Yelp for six years.

  • My job titles were intern, contractor, full-time software engineer, and then tech lead.
  • I mostly wrote server-side Python code, some of which still powers the homepage, the /biz page, and God knows how many other corners of the website.
  • I wrote most of the original code that makes Yelp’s locale-style subdomain+tld combinations — e.g. fr.yelp.ca, de.biz.yelp.ch, etc — work. This didn’t get a lot of press, but it was a very scary change to make, and nothing bad happened when I made it.
  • I wrote a system called RequestBucketer, which is useful for conducting A/B tests and feature rollouts.

I’m currently happily unemployed. I’m not actively looking for work, but am interested in working on these problems: self-driving cars (car ownership should not be the default, and humans shouldn’t be allowed to drive); climate change (oh god); obesity (it’d be great to live in a world where it isn’t extremely difficult to not be obese).

If you know anyone who’s working on one of those problems and is looking for part-time remote employees, send them my way!