Steve Harshbarger

Entrepreneurial "zero to one" CTO

I drive software products into being

From vision to roadmap to UX design to architecture to team building to rapid delivery.


Product Vision

Collaborating with executives & stakeholders on product vision.

Team Building

Building teams that deliver nimbly, with a sense of craft & pride.

Tech + UX

Dual focus on user experience & technical architecture.


Across disciplines & levels, both internal & external.


Taking ownership and driving results in a startup environment.

Recent Experience

I'm the co-founder, CTO and designer of this consumer service to help people find their best place to live. It matches personal wishlists against objective data in a fun and easy to use interface.

3 Facts

  • 200+ datasets for each of the 3,143 U.S. counties

  • Includes activities, arts, crime, food, economics, education, environment, housing, politics, rights, taxes, weather & more

  • To provide a fast & interactive feel, the matching logic is performed 100% on the browser side to prevent latency

Process & Team

  • Collaborated with CEO on product concept

  • Produced the product roadmap

  • Designed the user interface

  • Created the technical architecture

  • Delivered MVP with a small team on a bootstrap budget

Tech Stack

  • Front End: Vue.js, Tailwind CSS, Google Maps Platform

  • Back End: Google Cloud Platform, Firebase, Firestore (NoSQL database), Node.js

  • Data Warehouse: BigQuery, Cluvio, Python ETL

  • Payments: Stripe

Consumer Health Tech / Behavior Change Startup

I'm the founding CTO of this startup that helps people improve their health through a better nutrition. Based in behavior change science, the programs range from interactive cooking lessons to medical weight loss and diabetes management.

3 Facts

  • Used by corporate wellness programs (Ford, Bristol-Myers, Virgin Pulse) and health systems (Blue Shield of California) in a HIPAA-compliant environment

  • Includes consumer mobile & web apps, coach dashboards, curriculum management, a data warehouse, digital scale integration and multiple partner integrations

  • Hands-on cooking lessons incorporate video, photography, gamification, interactivity and skill building elements

Process & Team

  • Crystallized the product vision in collaboration with the CEO

  • Created the product roadmap

  • Designed the system architecture

  • Recruited, managed, and mentored the development team including engineering, UX design, analytics & DevOps

  • Managed product development using Agile sprints

  • Managed integration projects with partners and customers

  • Collaborated with executive team to evolve strategy

  • Authored pitch decks and delivered demos to prospective customers, partners and investors

Tech Stack

  • Mobile Apps: React Native

  • Web Apps: React, AngularJS, ASP.NET MVC

  • Middle Tier: Microservices/REST API/Webhooks in C#.NET

  • Back End: Azure, SQL Server, Redis, Contentful, Vimeo

  • Integrations: Withings (digital scales), SAML & OAuth SSO, Sendbird (chat API), Postmark (transactional email)

Patented Interactive Video Platform

I'm the founding CTO of this platform for brands to produce, distribute and monetize interactive video.

3 Facts

  • Levis, Discovery & Home Shopping Network used Multipop to add synchronized & shoppable content to branded video

  • Content could be added to any video hosted anywhere through an independent remote content management system and "wrappers" for all common video players

  • Two patents were granted for the architecture, and have since been acquired by Google

Process & Team

  • Refined the product concept with founders

  • Recruited and managed UX and engineering teams

  • Designed the system architecture

  • Managed integration projects with brand partners

  • Authored source material for patent applications

  • Delivered demos to prospective customers and investors

Tech Stack

  • Front End: Javascript, HTML, CSS

  • Video Players: Video.js, YouTube, Vimeo, Brightcove & more

  • Back End: Azure, C#.NET, SQL Server, Redis, Imgix,

Plural (acquired by Dell)

As Director & General Manager at Plural, built consulting practices from the ground up in Washington, DC and San Francisco, managing a team of 35 developers, designers, strategists and project managers delivering projects worth over $6M in annual revenue for clients like Charles Schwab, Microsoft, NASDAQ, HP and Silicon Valley startups.

KPMG Consulting

As a Senior Consultant at KPMG Consulting in Washington, DC, created a practice area specializing in Microsoft Excel based reporting and analytics systems, leading to the creation of a new product for the firm and the opportunity to join the tech speaker circuit and author a book on Excel for Microsoft Press.



BS, Accounting Information Systems, cum laude, Virginia Tech


Microsoft Excel Developer's Handbook, Microsoft Press


  • Rule based content modification and interaction platform (US20140337259A1)

  • Logic model for media customization with item association (US9183500B2)


  • Music & Guitar (write/produce/perform)

  • Trail Running & Cycling

  • Cooking

  • Photography

  • Mountaineering


San Francisco Bay Area, USA

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