Paul Bissex

Software Engineer of Business-Critical Web Applications

		 of Paul in a blue blazer, white shirt, pink tie Paul Bissex is a web application engineer who works primarily with Python and Javascript (though he has a soft spot for Haskell and Clojure). He co-wrote Python Web Development with Django (Prentice Hall), one of the first books on the leading Python web framework.

Paul got his first computer gig at the age of 14, teaching computer workshops at Goddard College. Later, After a career in graphic design that included work for Disney Publishing and others, he became a technology journalist and columnist, writing for publications such as Wired,, and the Chicago Tribune.

From 2005 to 2010, he drew on both his creative and technical skills as Director of Software Development at the nationally known Hallmark Institute of Photography, building both internal and public web applications.

From 2011 to 2016 he worked as a software developer for Cox Media Group, building web infrastructure used by 80+ television/radio/newspaper properties serving 40 million pages per day.

In 2016 he contributed to Lionbridge OnDemand as Senior Developer, expanding the translation service site's API and web interface.

He is currently Principal Software Engineer with MassChallenge, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Boston. The platform his team builds and maintains coordinates thousands of startups and experts in programs in the US, Mexico, Switzerland, and Israel.

He enjoys public speaking, and has given talks at NERD Summit, the Boston Django Meetup, the UMass Amherst CS department among other venues.

He lives in Greenfield, MA with his wife Kathleen and their twin boys.

Photo by Jim Ordecki, lighting assistance by Gregory Heisler

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