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 interested in ideas and technology as tools for change, particularly on the web, and I like to help others be happy and productive while doing so.

I 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 manage the web group, a set of five teams focused on reddit.com on the product side, both desktop and mobile web. 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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