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2016/10 - 2021/08. Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE)

by Hawke Robinson published Dec 04, 2021 12:15 PM, last modified Nov 21, 2023 11:30 PM
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Architect, & Developer. Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) and Dead Gentlemen Productions.

October 2016 – August 2021

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Architect, Systems Administrator, Information Security Specialist, Developer, R&D

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment Bellevue, WA. -

2822 Valencia St, Bellingham, WA 982263750

MARKET: Entertainment Media, Live Events, Online Events, Streaming, OTT, SVOD, Communication.

Supervisor: Ben Dobyns, President/CEO.

Beginning with scoping in November, and then R&D in December through February. Working with CEO, using entirely open source and contracted custom-code, implemented enterprise-class platform, complex applications servers, combined together to build a robust and feature rich community interactive multimedia platform supporting many movie and video series partners, and their fan base. Primary focus was providing rich community infrastructure for on-demand streaming video services with hierarchical access control to content and services based on Patreon payment levels.



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Statistics, Roles, & Responsibilities


  • Prototype was up and running December 2016, 1.0 alpha and beta january 2017.
  • Platform full 1.0 public launch announcement live June 6th, 2017.
  • As of September 3rd, 2017, still ZERO bugs!

Note, worked mostly part time. As fractional CTO, architect, systems administrator, and technology consultant, most of the custom coding was handled as needed through a number of task-specific coding contracts. In consulting with business staff, created scope documents, R&D with various technologies, until found the ideal match to the business needs. Company was going to spend over $250,000 trying to custom build platform, but using an array of open source existing technologies, was able to implement for less than $10,000. Nearest market competitor had already spent 2 years and over 9 Million USD, and was going for as second round of 20 Million, and stated they were only half-way to launch.

Technologies used:

Project scoping. Project management. Developer management. Change control. Security audits. Performance audits. R&D. Apache, Tomcat, Asimba, SAML, CAS, LDAP, SASL, Plone 5, MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, NodeBB, Discourse, Kaltura CE, Red5 Server, Gluu, Shibboleth, OAuth, oxAuth, oxAuth RP, Auth0, oxTrust, pas.plugins.ldap, Luma (LDAP Browser), CentOS 7.2, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, OpenSuse 13.2, Python, Ruby, PHP. Java, NodeBB and many authentication associated plugins, MediaWiki and authentication associated plugins, Gluu authentication server, Wordpress and many authentication associated plugins.

See The Fantasy Network listing for more details on some aspects of this particular project.