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Mario Starks is a creative design technologist, senior web developer, and digital media consultant based in New York City. He has over eight years work experience supporting development, prototyping, product engineering, technical writing, and digital strategy. Mario is currently Design Technologist for Doberman New York, an experience design firm based in Stockholm.
A developer who understands the creative process—"Specializing in strategic interaction design, Mario Starks is a solutions-oriented creative technologist focused on prototyping exquisite user experiences using advanced web application technologies including AngularJS, ExpressJS/Node.js, CakePHP/PHP, and Sass/CSS. His diverse experience contributes to the delivery of online interactions that engage their target audiences effectively."
My passion for technology was ignited one Christmas morning a long, memorable time ago. I was 9 years old, and my parents had bought me my first computer (pictured left)—a Packard Bell 886 Desktop PC loaded with DOS Prompt (and later Windows 3.0...).
It was during these early years that my nerd-dom cemented, my curiosity blossomed, and my use of technology to tackle new challenges and solve problems began.
Many years later, and after a short hiatus from technology while being a "normal teenager," I went on to graduate college in Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. I took additional graduate course work in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management with a focus on Project Management.
Since then, I have attained over 8 years of professional work experience in the online media industry and in the markets of Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, and Washington DC supporting truly rewarding projects for exceptional companies, including Lockheed Martin, Tribune Company (Orlando Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel, Baltimore Sun), Carousel30 Interactive (TV ONE, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations), and Washingtonian Magazine.
I am currently the Lead Product Developer for Aquafiyah Labs.
Additionally, I've created a few entrepreneurial ventures along the way—most notably, Skillology LLC, a professional development and consulting firm for aspiring entrepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, and writers.
Technology and creative ambitions aside, I am a huge fan of reggae/world music, travel, banana bread/beer, and the oft-intriguing metaphysical realm of this world . When I'm not working, day dreaming, or executing a new idea, I enjoy connecting with my family, friends, and nature. It is, after all, nice to unplug from time to time.
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to speak more.
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- Mario Starks
Here's a small sampling of recent digital media projects I've managed and/or developed. If you're interested in seeing specific types of online projects I've worked on, code samples and/or writing samples, contact me.
"Mario is an excellent worker that is detailed oriented and always goes above and beyond to get the job accomplished. I've known and worked with Mario for over 5 years and he exhibits excellent professionalism. Mario works effectively in a team environment and gets along well with everyone. I can always depend on Mario to perform with excellence and accomplish tasks on time and within budget. Mario is very creative and is a subject matter expert in many areas. Mario exhibits excellent customer service in ensuring that the customer expectations are met and/or exceeded. Mario has passion for the work that he does and has the experience and knowledge to ensure success."
"In addition to being a highly skilled front end developer, Mario has a deep interest and aptitude in the business behind each project. He seeks to understand how the client measures success on the project. This leads him to both make much more strategic choices in his direct work and to offer a wealth of cross departmental suggestions and ideas that improve the success of the overall project. He's a valuable member of any team, development or not, and I expect great success in his future."
"Mario approaches projects in a methodical and professional manner. He always thinks long-term, and finds ways on how to better develop the project in terms of audience growth and promotion. Mario is a multi-talented, hard working person, whose skills branch out beyond the usual coding."
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