Chris Zacharias

Chris Zacharias

Hello. My name is Chris. I live in San Francisco. I grew up in Rochester, NY and spent the summers on the beach in Charleston, SC. In the summer of 2007, I accepted a position with Google to work at YouTube, and moved to California. I recently left YouTube to wander aimlessly for a bit. In my spare time, you will find me mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing, or coding.

A list of the tools that I currently use or are otherwise favorites.

Development Machine - Macbook Pro 13"
Code Editor - vim
Programming Language - Python
Cloud Platform - Amazon AWS
Reverse Proxy - nginx
Web Server - Tornado
Database Server - MongoDB
Message Queue - beanstalkd
Source Control - git
Javascript Framework - Prototype
CSS Framework - Bootstrap
Web Fonts - TypeKit
Email App - Sparrow
Calendar App - BusyCal
Web Browser - Safari
Image Editor - Adobe Photoshop
Desk - GeekDesk
Chair - Steelcase Think

Work History

Notable Accomplishments

  • Flew to Los Angeles to work with The Lonely Island guys on their new website. Built a simple video management platform as well as the public facing site. From start to finish, 5 days of development using Python and Tornado. (The Lonely Island)
  • Conceived and built YouTube Feather, an ultra-low latency video page that averages less than 100KB uncached, 30KB cached. (Mashable, ABC News)
  • Built and launched the HTML5 video player on YouTube. (Google I/O 2009 Keynote, Techcrunch)
  • Built and launched three generations of the front-end to YouTube's browser-based, multiple file uploader with progress bars. (Mashable)
  • Responsible for the "Vuvuzela Button" prank on the YouTube video players. (Techcrunch)
  • Responsible for the "Actually Good Tab" prank on the YouTube masthead. (Blogoscoped)