John Daniel Shutt

Writer, Coder, and Activist

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Current Work

Tau Informatics

Writing frontend and a little bit of backend code on projects for B2B and luxury brand clients.

All City News

Running a small experiment in community-supported journalism. All City News is envisioned as a group of technically advanced independent muckrakers focused on the intricacies of local politics, a dedicated investigative journalism newswire service for the Bay Area, and a force for increased transparency and reform in local government, all rolled into one.


Facilitating high-impact investigative journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area with a SecureDrop system, which encrypts and anonymizes communications from sources to journalists.

Past Work


Joining up again with the founder of Wishpop, his co-founder, and an awesome team to find top-notch developers and designers for a new startup, and evaluating elements of our software architecture.


Giving feedback and advice to Google's public policy team on new technologies, privacy issues, and hackerspaces.

Universal Income Project

Helping to coordinate events, membership, and new initiatives for a nonprofit advocating for universal basic income.

Animal Money

Running a micro-store selling books and art in secret locations throughout San Francisco.

Westward Leaning

Led development of Westward Leaning's ecommerce storefront, built using Liquid, Sass, JavaScript, and a Shopify backend. Worked with our CEO and the design and ecommerce teams to meet our online goals, and hired and trained a junior developer.


Built a prototype Ruby on Rails application to help techies find local volunteering opportunities.


Directed the design and development of mobile wishlist app for kids. Plus a bit of short story writing, coding, recruiting, interviewing, UX design, systems administration, and whatever else needed to be done at this early-stage startup.


Designed and built a web application using PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript to run free sports prediction games for bars and restaurants.


Contributed to the Facebook FanPageEngine and iFrameEngine, using PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and various external APIs. Worked with the CEO and lead developer to fix specific problems as they arose.

Planet Halo

Led the content team for Planet Halo, now part of the IGN network, while I was in middle school. Wrote and edited news and content, directed a team of writers and moderators, and administered a large forum community. Grew the site to 1,000,000+ unique monthly front-page visitors and 100,000+ monthly forum visitors at its peak.


Florida State University