David Naffis

David Naffis


  • Social Applications
  • Social Media
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Web 2.0 Applications
  • Web Services
  • Scaling


Dave is a cofounder and Senior Partner at Intridea, a DC based software development firm, where he leads the company's product development efforts. 

Before Intridea, Dave spent years at both AOL and IMAKE and received a Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. In other entrepreneurial ventures, Dave built and operated CanYouConnect - a social-networking site that competed with MySpace and Facebook - and Connexon Media - a Ruby on Rails consultancy. Dave also founded the Washington DC Ruby User Group.


  • No. 09/388,792 - System and Method for an Online Network Buying Pool – Patent Pending
  • System and Method of Delivering Targeted Advertisements based on Geospatial Information – Patent Pending
  • Omega Rho Member
  • National Operations Research Honor Society
  • International Council on Systems Engineering member


  • Presently - A private microblogging platform for the enterprise. 
  • CrowdSound - Widget based Social Feedback tool
  • MediaPlug - EC2 based media transcoding appliance server
  • Scalr - Self-healing, auto-scaling hosting environment built on Amazon's EC2.
  • SocialSpring - White-label social networking platform
  • NASCAR.com Community - Social Networking for Racecar fans
  • Gyggs.com - Social Networking for Latin America
  • CanYouConnect.com - Social Networking Application



Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver

HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, Javascript, Ajax



Ruby on Rails

Work History

Work History
Nov 2006 - Present

Co-founder and Senior Partner

Intridea, Inc.
  • Developing interactive web-based applications for enterprise and startup customer.
  • Lead Intridea's product development efforts including CrowdSound, SocialSpring, Scalr, MediaPlug, and Presently. 
Jul 2006 - Jul 2007

Lead Developer

Cisco Systems, Inc. (FiveAcross)

One of the core developers of Connect, a white-label social networking platform built with Ruby on Rails. Five Across Connect was purchased by Cisco Systems.

Dec 2003 - Nov 2006

Software Engineer


Developed enterprise tools and applications used across AOL's thousands of employees and business lines. 

Aug 2000 - Dec 2003

Software Engineer

  • Developed web-based applications to support delivery of video on demand, ITV, and other broadband products end-to-end through a suite of applications.
  • Developed applications to create, maintain, and dynamically deliver streaming video advertisements based on subscriber demographic and system usage information.
Sep 1999 - Jul 2000

Software Engineer

Optum Computing Solutions
  • Worked on team developing a web-based dynamic data reporting and graphing application for the Child Welfare League of America National Data Analysis System.





Omega Rho - National Operations Reserach Honor Society