Marek Ventur dot com

Hi! I'm Marek

After graduating as BSc and working for IBM Germany I decided to move abroad in 2011. I arrived in London at Last.fm and have now moved on to work at Gamevy. Enjoying both Backend and Frontend work I like to work on challenging projects and products I can believe in.

I spend a lot of my time walking through London listening to Science Fiction audio books (get in touch if you have any recommendations!). You might find me in a pub or sometimes at London Hackspace.

Things I'm good at

  • Backend: Javascript, Java, PHP, SQL, Hadoop, (Python)
  • Frontend: Javascript, CSS, (Objective-C, C++)
  • Linux: Administration, Automation, Scaling, Monitoring/Graphing, HTTP, stupid BASH one-liners
  • Prototyping/Hacking I love testing game mechanics
  • Languages: English, German

Things I'm interested in

  • Machine Learning
  • Cryptography I once tried to write a public/private encryption from scatch in Delphi 3. It didn't work that well.
  • Game Design
  • Hardware Programming I wrote a lot of code for this

Things I did

  • wortopia.de

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    Multiplayer boggle clone. Compete against other players by finding the most words on the board. Over 1800 active players find over 1M words every month.

    [German]

  • rapidletter.de

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    Online letter editor, with templates, account managment and PDF export, based on standard letter formats. Serves about 1000 letters each month.

    [German]

  • u r mash

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    Award-winning retro-style HTML5 racing game with multiplayer functionality and procedural map. From idea to finished game in 24h.

    [Hackday team project]

  • clientroomradio.com

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    Collective music streaming with chat, skip-voting and adaptive playlisting. Listening is invite only, sorry.

  • YouChoose

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    A collaborative YouTube vide queue with reddit-style up- and down-voting. Made for a hackday in 2012 as an elaborate way to rickroll others.

    [Hackday team project]

  • last.fm/live

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    Charts that are never older than 10 seconds, based on what is scrobbled right now on the planet.

    [side project, last.fm]

  • last.fm/christmas

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    How many people are currently listening to Christmas songs?

    [side project, last.fm]

  • last.fm Data Exporter

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    Allows last.fm users to export their data. Uses Hadoop to collect and format the data in bulk and AWS SQS/SES/S3 to send the archives via email.

    [side project, last.fm]

  • RaphaĆ«l Icon-Font

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    Back in 2010 (before Font Awesome came around and did it much better) I've converted some icons into a font. It's still in heavy use.

  • Rohrpost

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    A websocket server that allows multiple backend applications to share connections. Supports load-balancing, staggered restarts, pub/sub and session management.

    [work project, gamevy]