Thorne Melcher

Thorne N. Melcher

Coder, Writer, & Activist


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About Me

Coding is a lifelong passion of mine. I've always enjoyed creating cool things that help make the world a better place. Currently, as I am working as the Chief Technology Officer of CrowdMed, enabling me to do that more than ever.

Being a transgender woman has often presented many challenges, though I feel lucky to have written for the New York Times about my experiences. I also love creative writing, and I hope to publish novels in the future.

I created the wildly popular /r/tuckedinkitties on reddit and maintain an active presence on social media, especially Twitter.

Additionally I am obsessed with cats, corgis, LGBTQ+ & leftist activism, Zen, philosphy, video games, and, most of all, my beautiful girlfriend.


Zen 🌸 / Existentialist 🦋 / Libertarian Socialist 🌹 / Feminist ✊🏻 / Transgender ⚧

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Selected Articles

Twitter Has a Transgender Problem

New York Times (November 2nd, 2017)

OpEd about my frustrations using Twitter as a transgender person, and how moderation of social media often harms and isolates marginalized groups.

Human Rights are Just Memes

Medium (July 15th, 2018)

An examination of the concept of a "right" and how they function as a self-replicating idea that makes the world more just.

In Defense of the Farce or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Da Bomb

Medium (June 16th, 2018)

History repeats itself: first as a tragedy, then as a farce. But that isn't always a bad thing. Embrace the farce!

Curated Lists

"Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"
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Skills

Languages & Frameworks

I'm a coding polyglot that believes in constantly learning new languages. My current areas of focus are C#, JavaScript, and Ruby, though I have a lot of past experience as well with Java, C++, and PHP. I prefer building web apps in React, though I have tons of experience with Angular and jQuery.

User Experience

Many software engineers are capable of building powerful software, but they aren't able to make it inuitive and fun to use. I've spent a lot of time mastering UX and learning what kinds of small changes can make a big impact on user happiness and success.

Writing

Far too many tech industry folks fail in one simple category: communication. I'm as comfortable writing documentation as I am writing code, though my true passions lie in creative, not technical writing.

Leadership

I've lead teams of various sizes from different points in the ladder. I've been just one of many team leads in the organization focusing on one small sliver of the company, and I've run entire technology departments. No matter the scope or the size, I believe in treating everyone with respect and do what I can to enable their success.

Recent Work Experience

Chief Technology Officer

CrowdMed (2017 - present)

Leading the technology initiatives at an innovative healthcare-focused tech startup that solves difficult medical cases.

Chief Technology Officer

Batteries.com (2016 - 2017)

Spearheaded the initiative to build out new tools and explore new marketplace integrations for an e-commerce company.

Contract Senior Engineer

Clear Function (2016)

Worked on several client projects in C#, JavaScript, and Ruby to help out a dynamic and service-oriented tech startup.

Senior Software Engineer

MapLarge (2015-2016)

Built out new features for a big data mapping company that serves government and enterprise clients. Did full-stack work on both the .NET backend and the Knockout frontend.
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