Hi, I'm Niall Kennedy. I live in San Francisco in what some people consider the extended "Silicon Valley" of technology change and innovation. I build large consumer Internet platforms taking advantage of the latest available technologies. I currently spend a lot of time thinking about search and content discovery, online payments, iOS and Android mobile platforms, and HTML5. I have been creating websites since 1993, convinced the freedom of information and ease of use of this new communication medium will change the way we interact with the world around us.
I work at Twitter by day as an engineer within the developer advocacy team. I am a contributor to HTML5 specification in web storage and video, Debian, OpenSearch, Firefox, WordPress, and other open-source software and specifications in my work and personal projects.
Past jobs include relaunching Facebook's platform, operating as a consultant for six years, building a web aggregation platform for Microsoft's Windows Live division, indexing the real-time web at blog search engine Technorati, crawling the eCommerce Internet and collapsing results into normalized product listings and pricing at PriceGrabber.com and Nextag, collecting and analyzing data from traditional "dark data" institutional investing markets of private real estate and venture capital, and developing search ranking and notification systems for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers.
I have dual-citizenship between the United States of America and the Republic of Ireland; both passports come in handy while traveling internationally. I enjoy photography, a hobby that pays for itself thanks to many paid licensing deals each year. I am a foodie, typically found drinking good espresso in the morning or wandering a new city in search of its unique dishes.
I attended UCLA on a soccer scholarship and later went on to assist the coaching staff of the United States men's national team, the San Jose Clash and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, and as head coach of amateur adult teams in and around San Francisco. I am a national-level coach accredited by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and United States Soccer Federation.
In I started making my own wine, a Pinot noir sourced from Doctor's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In I harvested and barreled a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III. The best way to learn is by doing.
In I started volunteering with Guide Dogs for the Blind as a puppy raiser. You might see me training a puppy in and around San Francisco.