Paul Widden

HEad of Engineering, Zuno Inc - a MONKEY INFERNO SUBSIDUARY

  • Burlingame CA

My engineering background spans from writing assembly for in-flight refueling to building web MVP's for two of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in history.

Work History
Work History
2015 - Present
Head Of Engineering
Zuno Inc

New product engineering for an Invite website.

Only engineer for Rails/Heroku based invite site to compete with Evite and Paperless Post. 

May 2009 - 2015
Head of Engineering
Monkey Inferno

An Idea Lab in San Francisco founded by Michael and Xochi Birch (Bebo,BirthdayAlarm,BatterySF).

I Introduced and initially oversaw Lean Product development at Monkey Inferno, before hiring and handing over to a new CEO.

Managed and developed numerous projects, including:

WaterForward - A collaboration with Charity:water to spread the word about the water crisis. It told the story of a young woman's daily effort to get clean water for her family. After 6 weeks of A/B trialling and minor pivots, we went viral and reached over 6M people with the story. Written in Python

Blab - The simplest way to send a quick video message. Touch and Hold to record, let go to send. After 9 months of development, went viral on iOS using SMS. Written in Objective-C for iOS.

The Battery SF ( - A Website and Hotel Management System for  a private members club. Runs the membership, invite mechanism, front desk and reservation system for the hotel. Written in Python.

2002 - 2008
Senior Software Engineer

Team Lead and Senior software engineer for a P2P meta client, connecting to eDonkey, Gnutella, Overnet, Fastrack(Kazaa) and others.

Obtained a green card as a world expert on P2P systems.

Written in Java

2006 - 2007

A side project done in collaboration with a co-founder to index the web on time.

This produced a search engine for important dates in history relating to keywords, so a search for 'America' would yield the top 10 events in american history, for example  Columbus' discovery and the American Cvil War. You could then drill down to any time span to find the events between those dates.

We got offered funding of $100k to develop this project, but were unable to take it because we didn't have permanent residency.

Written in Lisp

Jul 2000 - Aug 2002
Ascension Software Ltd

Researched, cold-called, sold, specified, and developed about 6 projects, including:

Gorillaz backend Website A Web based chat system

Testing Consultancy for a NAS

A CMS for a winery

All written in Java

1994 - 1998
University of Bath

Six month Courses included: Compilers, Cryptography, Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Operating Systems, TCP/IP and the 1st year of the undergraduate Maths Degree

Final year project was the back-end code generator for a c-compiler. Input was  a three address code and output was assembly.