I'm Chris Dary, a Dad, Software Engineer and Team Lead who Likes Sci-Fi and Once Caught a Kite on a Power Line.

I'm obsessed with ideas and technology as tools for change, particularly on the web.

I like to keep my hands in all sorts of web technology and enjoy product focused engineering management. I'm a technical generalist and enjoy all aspects of the stack. I'm a pragmatist: I've used a number of technologies to get things done, but they're primarily means to great products.

I'm interested in things like software architecture, product & business strategy, design, team dynamics, scaling, accessibility, UX, web standards, typography, community building, semantic HTML, and helping people.

I want to make the world a better place. I try to be honest in all things.


I work at reddit, where I'm the Engineering Manager for the reddit.com team, a team of about 8 folks focused on the product engineering side of reddit.com. If you're interested in joining and making reddit better, we're small but always looking for great folks: contact me directly at umbrae at reddit.

Previously, I've worked at Etsy as Seller Economics Lead and API Lead, was CTO of Readability and a partner and technical lead at now-acquired consulting firm Arc90.

While at Arc90 I was the creator of an idea collaboration startup called Kindling, and founding engineer of Readability, whose original javascript Apple's Safari Reader is based upon.


  • Intranaut (coming soon) - chrome/firefox extension to make navigating company resources easier
  • Readability - Easy Reading
  • Kindling - Idea Collaboration Software
  • gifrever.se - Fully client side gif reverser
  • Serendipity - reddit bot to broaden horizons
  • JSON Lint - simple JSON validator/formatter
  • GifVine & GifInstagram - Now-defunct project to turn vines/instagrams to gifs
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