Jesse Adelman
Senior Linux/UNIX Systems Administrator (DevOps/SRE)

Pittsburgh, PA 15224
phone: 415-634-0810 (voice/SMS)


To find fun, interesting, enriching engagements as a Senior Linux/UNIX Systems Administrator

General Overview/Special Skills

Technology Experience Highlights

Career Centered Experience

Bold and Busted Consulting, aka ilikelinux Consulting
Senior Systems Shepherd
May '10-present

My very own consultancy, providing all manner of IT help to non-profits, and Senior Linux Systems Administration assistance and advice to everyone else. Most prominent clients: Giant Rabbit, LLC (see below), and RACO Manufacturing, Inc. of Emeryville.

Ripple, Inc. Senior Technical Operations Engineer
June '15-February '16

For a blockchain-enhanced, cryptocurrency-based financial services startup, I worked as lead on projects to automate rapid, reliable deployment. Productivity and Systems Engineer
August '14-May '15

Stealth social startup in SF and Palo Alto, venture-backed by Google. I was the first non-Google engineer hired in the Palo Alto office.

Collab.Net, Inc.
Senior Linux Systems Engineer
August '11-August '14

Oversaw legacy site "" aka "CVSDude" transition after acquisition, to become "".

Giant Rabbit, LLC, Berkeley, CA (via my company Bold and Busted, LLC)
Systems Architect/Systems Administrator/Computer Duster
April '09-September '11

For a IT consulting company dedicated to supporting non-profits with size-appropriate technology, work with over a dozen Bay Area non-profit clients (and one international client) to put out fires, architect solid solutions, and provide excellent documentation and personable service. Prominent clients included Youth Employment Partnership of Oakland, Inc., ACCESS Women's Health Justice, and over a dozen others on an as-needed basis.

Kiva Microfunds, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Systems Administrator/IT Manager
March '08-October '08

For a prominent non-profit micro-finance lending web site, supported and improved internal and production systems.

Weather Underground, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Systems Administrator
September '07-March '08

For one of the oldest weather sites on the Web, support existing systems and network devices, assist software developers and assist the Director of Technology in maintaining three data centers. (née Yahoo, Inc.), San Francisco, CA
Systems and Network Engineer
July '06-April '07

For a "Web 2.0" video editing, sharing, and community startup, supported systems and network devices, and assisted software development.

Verizon Business (née Totality, Inc), San Francisco, CA
Senior Systems Engineer
December '05-July '06 (consultant via Taos Mountain, Inc.)

Supported Verizon Business Managed Service Provider clients, such as the Gap, Best Buy, American Airlines, and many others, in a Service Level Agreement model:

Riverbed, Inc, San Francisco, CA
Systems Administration Consultant
March '05-June '05 (Independent Consultant)

Advised on and implemented the following services:

Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
Senior Systems Administrator/Software Deployment Engineer (Consultant)
July '03-June '04 (part-time/full-time mix)

Contracted by former full-time supervisor:

Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy, University of California, San Francisco
Systems Administrator (Independent Consultant)
October '02-November '03 (project driven)

Contracted to provide the following services for PhD-level researchers and staff:

Denalii, Inc. (defunct), Burlingame, CA
Senior Systems Engineer (Full-time)
March '01-March '02

Responsible for the following systems and services for heterogeneous Production network:

Supervised the following projects:

Special Note:Helped guide developers on architecture of logging and alerting systems to integrate with existing Open Source tools, made use of Open Source solutions for all appropriate areas, kept costs to a minimum, created generally stronger and more closely held policies and procedures for administration and maintenance of production systems.

Zing Networks, Inc. (defunct), San Francisco, CA
Director of Network Operations (Production Network & Systems) (Full-time, promotion)
July '00-December '00

Responsible for the following systems and services:

Supervised the following projects:

Zing Networks, Inc. (defunct), San Francisco, CA
Systems Administrator (Corporate & Production Networks & Systems) (Full-time)
October '99-July '00

Implemented the following from the ground up:

Supported the following:

Special Note: Supervised office Cat 5 Ethernet re-configuration & deployment, negotiated cost-effective vendor relationships, stopped company virus problems COLD, smooth transition from Netscape Messaging Server 3.62 to Exchange 5.5 SP3. Promoted from Systems Administrator (internal) to UNIX Systems Administrator for Production (public web site). Y2K updates. Supported 3 US offices, 1 Israeli office.

Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, LLP, San Francisco, CA
Systems Management Server Administrator (Contract)
November '98-June '99

Supported the following:

Employed the following:

Special Notes: Packaged over 80 applications and patches for distribution to over 1300 NT Workstations

The Internet Industry Standard Magazine, San Francisco, CA
MIS Manager/Network Administrator (Contract)
October '98-November '98

Supported the following:

Employed the following:

Special Notes: handled budget and ordering, shepherded transition from Act sales database to SalesLogix, documented network and software distribution method, supervised and mentored helpdesk, 60 users in SF, 8 in New York

Genentech, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Windows NT/SMS Systems Administrator (Full-time)
February '97-October '98

Supported the following for 1,200 end-users:

Employed the following:

Special notes: validated, controlled environment, 3 recognition awards, promoted after 10 months, "Exceeds Expectations" on annual review (defunct), San Francisco, CA
Systems/Network Administrator (Contract)
October '96-January '97

Supported the following:

Employed the following:

Special notes : Fast-paced startup environment prepared COMDEX demo machines, helped QA debut product, showed great time-management

Volunteer/Small Non-Profit Work

ACCESS/Women's Health Rights Coalition
June '03-January '07 (Volunteer Network/Systems Administrator)

Office desktop and networking improvements, computing environment cleanup, hardware and peripheral recommendations and installation

Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California, Oakland, CA
September '03-July '04 (Reduced Rate)

Office network re-architecture and upgrades, computing environment cleanup, virus infection clearing, hardware and peripheral recommendations and installation

Selected Historical Experience (pre-technical career)

Clean Water Action Phone Canvass, San Francisco, CA (major non-profit environmental group)
Office Administrator/Phone Manager/PC Troubleshooter/Internet Liaison
1990-1991; 1994-1996

Technical Duties:

Special notes: Raised over $100,000 for organization, one membership call at a time. Quickly promoted to leadership based on canvassing, fund-raising and training skills.

Bouquet Computing Lab Annex, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Macintosh User Consultant
1988-1989 (during college attendance, part-time)

Supervised student laboratory:

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Macintosh System Administrator/Troubleshooter

For top administration officials:

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Teaching Assistant
Summers of 1986-1988 (while in High School)

Assisted VP for Academic Affairs in:

Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
"Resident Hacker/Apprentice Programmer"
1980-1986 (began while in Junior High School)



Current Studies

Certification & Courses

GNU/Linux certification & courses:

Microsoft certification courses: