Julian Compagni Portis


I'm a maker, a tinkerer, a builder, a designer, a take-it-apart and put-it-back-together-er. Whether I'm building websites, coding interactive content, or perfecting my BBQ rib technique, I try to imbue all of my work with freshness --a sort of newness that makes you think (differently). I engineer content that is so bold it leaps out of the box at you. I create work that is elegant, articulate and novel, but above all else transformative.


2013 - Present

2020 -

Co-Founder, Terrascope

    Terrascope is the first AI real estate agent for finding and browsing rural properties online. Reimagining the rural real estate search process, Terrascope uses a cutting-edge machine learning algorithm and intelligent design to provide a brand-new online property search experience. Our search algorithm learns each user’s unique preferences to recommend the best listings like an expert real estate agent.

2018 - 2020

Senior Software Engineer, Swing Education

2015 - 2018

Freelance Web Developer

  • Implemented full-stack web development projects for a range of clients including eCommerce and media startups as well as small businesses
  • Designed & created custom, responsive web pages using a range of JavaScript libraries including Vue.js, React, Redux and jQuery
  • Conceptualized and implemented scalable backend solutions using SQL databases as well as PHP and Ruby on Rails in conjunction with multiple AWS services
  • Helped promote websites and their respective products using various online advertising platforms including AdWords and Facebook Ads

Web developer & Digital Marketing, Vox Coalition

  • Designed and built a fully responsive eCommerce website for an apparel startup
  • Created a web app with a PHP backend and vue.js frontend that leveraged multiple APIs to allow users to send real postcards to congresspeople
  • Increased user engagement by 35% by optimizing marketing initiatives and ad placement based on user acquisition metrics from Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel

Co-Founder, TechBucks

  • Co-founded a technology buy-back company at Wesleyan University.
  • Developed brand strategy, conducted market research, produced financial models and a full stack website.
  • Pitched the idea and was selected as a finalist during Yale Startup Weekend. Received startup funding from Wesleyan University.



App Academy

App Academy is a rigorous 1000-hour software development course with <3% acceptance rate. The Program centers around full-stack web development with a focus on Rails, SQL, JS, React/Redux, TDD, algorithms, design patterns, and programming best practices.

2011 - 2015

Bachelors Degree - Wesleyan University

Graduated with honors with a double major in Economics and Philosophy. Completed an honors thesis on Hitchhiking in America. Check out my thesis here.

2007- 2011

The College Preparatory School

Graduated with honors. Captain of XC and Track team. SAT: 2380



  • Ruby
  • PHP
  • Python
  • PostgreSQL
  • Ruby on Rails


  • Bootstrap
  • React
  • React Native
  • Redux
  • Jasmine
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • Vue.js
  • HTML5
  • CSS3

Everything In Between

  • Heroku
  • Git
  • Webpack
  • NPM
  • Amazon Web Services


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