"I'm probably going to take it apart or break it"
Francis Shanahan
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VP of Engineering @ Audible.com

"...a player-coach, building teams and shipping software."

Audible.com

I lead the Core Engineering group at Audible, an Amazon company. My group owns the technical direction for the company. That includes our service platform (http://api.audible.com) and frameworks like our multi-tenant globalized web stack and our Android and iOS frameworks. As an example I designed the streaming platform for Audible that's used everywhere, including the Amazon Echo. I also oversee the architecture group, our hiring process, our engineer mentoring programs, developer onboarding and the occasional Hackathon.

Amazon

Audible was acquired in 2008 and we've fully integrated into the Amazon eco-system. We're on a mission to bring the spoken word to everyone in the world. We provide the largest catalog of audiobooks (100TB of data) across multiple marketplaces and surfaces including Fire, Kindle and the Alexa platform (via Amazon Echo). It's an awesome team and you should come check us out.

Extra Curricular

You can't restrict curiosity to 9-5 so there's always some side project going on. In 2007 I wrote a book on Web Services and I've had a bunch of patents issued over the years (e.g. http://bit.ly/lPraUm). I also sit on the advisory board of The NYC Media Lab. Right now I'm focused on a public Hackathon event for Audible at Civic Hall happening on April 15th-16th. Mark your calendars and c'mon by and say hi.

Play

There's no theme here, just stuff I've had fun with over the years.

Leadville 2016

The Race Across The Sky

My Great Listens

Lists of Great Audiobooks

Wooden Burr Puzzles

Engineering is Building is Crafting is...

Cre8athon

Audible's Yearly hackathon

Quadcopter

Here's a quad I built. It flies but needs a better pilot

101 Miles in a Day

Ultra-running is a sickness

MPEG-DASH w/HTML5

A Simple Video Streaming Client in JS

Drawing Bad

Sketching for brain plasticity

Web Workers

Solving the TSA with Hill Climbing and Web Workers

LED Matrix

PWM w/Shift Registers

Writing is hard!

Amazon.com Mashups (ISBN:0470097779)

Say Hello

Reach out on LinkedIn or Twitter, I'd love to hear from you.

Francis Shanahan

VP of Engineering