Ryan R. Smith

In 2014 I co-founded Chain and serve as CTO. In 2010 I joined the Heroku engineering team to help build the world’s greatest PAAS. Before joining Heroku I earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Favorite Quotes

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

–Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

–African Proverb



General Thoughts

Technical Articles

Notes From My Career