Brent Russell

I am a technology enthusiast and angle investor in the marketing, telecommunications, and cryptocurrency industries. I have over 15 years experience in information technology and am an expert software engineer with heavy experience programming in a Linux system environment. I'm also a systems and network administrator with MySQL and Microsoft SQL server experience. Currently I am the Chief Technology Officer for Coinlock and the founder of Voz Technologies LLC. Also noteworthy, I was the CTO and Co-Founder of Bleam Ventures until becoming a board member with Voip-PAL after it's acquisition, a major success early on in my IT and investment careers.

In addition to technology, I love to travel. I have been to almost every state in the USA (I have 3 left, ask me which ones), to 78 different countries and to every continent in the world. Through travel I have learned a few languages. English is my native language and I speak Spanish fluently. I have also learned a lot of Italian and Portuguese however, I have failed to use it and is very limited now. I have also perfected my self taught photography skills through all that travel.

What I Do

Software Engineer

PHP has been my strong suite as it is easy and quick. I have used TCL on Cisco as5400 switches, VB.net, JavaScript, Jquery, Node.js, ColdFusion, HTML5, CSS3, VXML, Perl AGI, awk, C++ and more. I also have some exposure to C# and Java but I am no expert. It seems I am always learning and using a new API: Twitter API, Facebook API, Proxies API, TD Ameritrade API, Cloudflare API, Solidity smart contracts and many others. There are a slue of other libraries and systems I have used and there are too many to list them all here.

Systems and Network Administration

Since 2004 I have been managing Linux systems; Redhat, Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, Centos and more. I am an expert with DHCP, DNS, Apache, Nginx, memcache, Varnish, MySQL, MariaDB, iptables and more. I have experience in cloud based systems such as AWS and managing dedicated servers. I have also performed as a Network Administrator for an all Windows network and mixed networks including Mac OSX.

Angel Investing

Over the past few years I have been an investor in a few projects. Most notably my own projects and those I have co-founded leading to acquisitions such as in the case of Bleam Ventures. Currently I have stepped out of my normal investment comfort zone and have become an angel investor in a natural resources and commodities startup in Puerto Rico.

IT Business Analyst

Through each of the startups I have been involved in, cash has been tight. I have been thrown into creating budgets, forecasts, and IT strategies that have to be aggressive and effective to survive in an industry full of sharks. I have added many business tools to my arsenal such as Google Analytics, Salesforce, Slack, Visio, Excel, Photoshop, and so much more.

Testimonials

Resume

17 Years of Experience

Experience

2017 - Current
Coinlock Mumbai, India London, England Miami, FL

Chief Technology Officer, Stakeholder

Architected the infrastructure of the CoinLock.com trading platform and created specifications for CoinLock's development structure. Spec'd and started office location in Mumbai, India. Hired, trained, and managed a team of engineers, human resources, and support staff with astronomical cost savings over their US based conterparts. I later managed the migration of development and operations to a home based enviroment due to Covid-19. Advised on blockchain best practices and cryptocurrency community culture. Forecasted and reported IT development and budget forcasts. Liased with 3rd parties such as Bitgo, Kingdom Trust, XHUB, and Bosonic to create B2B tech specification.

2008 - Current
Voz Technologies Digital Nomad

Founder / Programmer / SysAdmin / Everything else

Voz Technologies started as an automated web marketing system I created which scraped information from classified ad websites and presented it with affiliate marketing advertisements. It has grossed over 2 million dollars to date. Later, in 2016 through Voz Technologies I started investing in crypto currencies and creating stock trading algorithms. Voz Technologies has since become a catch all company for ventures I am involved in.

2009 - 2012
Bleam Ventures Las Vegas, Nevada

Co-Founder and CTO

Self-funded, developed and maintained all aspects of CallArc.com/FreeCreditPhone.com (now defunct after multiple acquisitions) including business models, marketing, phone system API’s, websites, and databases. Bleam Ventures was successfully earning a profit 6 months after its launch in 2010 with no debt and no investments. It was acquired by Voip-PAL (VPLM) in 2011 with over 60,000 subscribers.

2007 - 2008
Tollfreeforwarding.com Los Angeles, California

Senior Applications Engineer

Maintained the existing Coldfusion software and oversaw the development and architecture of new software supporting the mission of TollFreeForwarding.com. Managed all telecom and IP systems. I developed the backbone software which makes up the core systems for the Tollfreeforwarding business model using Cisco AS5400 switches, TCL, php and VB.NET.

2006 - 2007
Mobile Messenger Sydney, Australia Los Angeles, California

Lead Application Developer

Started the IT department in the US by liaising with the Sydney office. Developed IVR systems needed for telecom operations in the US. Provided guidance for other programmers and IT staff. Administered high traffic Linux Apache servers and Windows IIS servers. Domain Controllers, Exchange, DNS, DHCP etc.

2004 - 2005
Science Center of Iowa Des Moines, Iowa

Network Administrator

Served as the only person in IT tasked with administering domain controllers, exchange servers, DNS, DHCP, IIS, veritas backup systems, voip phone system, Cisco Pix firewall, printers, and desktop support for a 150+ workstation network. Developed Digistar dome theater software that became a major exhibit and was featured at many science centers around the world.

Education

Books and Online Courses, Self Learning

2020
Cryptozombies Online

Solidity Path: Beginner to Intermediate Ethereum Smart Contracts

Cryptozombies brings you through a fun game like course that teaches smart contracts allowing you to have your own crypto zombie on the blockchain, mimicking the controversial cryptokitties ERC20 token.

2020
Udemy Online

Business Analysis Fundamentals

Creating business cases that align with business objectives. Modeling diagrams for project documentation. Project requirement specifications. Waterfall and Agile frameworks

2020
Udemy Online

The Macroeconomics Course 2020

Aggregate Output and Economic Growth. Business Cycles. Monetary and Fiscal Policy. International Trade and Capital Flows.

2019
Brady Raanes Book

In Light of Yesterday: The Backstory of the Global Economy

The events that have shaped the global economy, by exploring pivotal events in the US, Europe, Japan, China and Latin America.

2019
Udemy Online

The Python Mega Course: Build 10 Real World Applications

Teaches everything to get a developer up and running then giving instruction while taking you through 10 applications from web scrapping, a bookstore application interfacing a database, a mobile app, a motion detector, a portfolio website like this one here and more.

2015
Fred McAllen Book

Charting and Technical Analysis

Understanding price and market movments through the technical analysis of trading charts. Core trading concepts of indicators such as moving averages, RSI, and bollinger bands. How to identify shifts in market direction with resistance, support, and how to find other indicators such as head and shoulders, bull flags, wedges, cup and handle and more.

2013
David Amerland Book

Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Techniques used by companies to obtain higher search engine rankings in turn boosting trafick and revenue.

2009
Kevin Mitnick Book

The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind Exploits

Understanding price and market movments through the technical analysis of trading charts. Core trading concepts of indicators such as moving averages, RSI, and bollinger bands. How to identify shifts in market direction with resistance, support, and how to find other indicators such as head and shoulders, bull flags, wedges, cup and handle and more.

2007
Chetan Sharma Book

VoiceXML: Professional Developer's Guide

Bridges the gap for developers wanting to get started building voice application with VXML.

2007
Tony Bautts Book

Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 3rd Edition

An overview of Linux networking, common services such as DHCP, Bind DNS, openSSH, Sendmail, IPTables, Samba, LDAP, and more. Instruction on basic hardware installation, wireless networking and troubleshooting in a Linux environment.

2004
Julie C. Meloni Book

Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache

This book teaching the groundwork for someone to get started with the Apache webserver on Linux. It then teaches how to use php and Mysql to build web applications.

Formal Education, Professional Training

2004
Kaplan University Des Moines, Iowa

Networking and Systems Administration AAS

Course work consisted of typical computer science classes with an emphasis in Linux administration and Windows networks. Database and VB.net were also a part of the curriculum.

2004
New Horizons Des Moines, Iowa

Macromedia Flash MX Professional I and II

Creating and manipulating flash objects, advanced animation techniques, ActionScript, planning and creating Flash projects.

2000
United States Air Force Sheppard AFB, Texas

Aerospace Ground Equipment

This 6 month intensive training program given to enlisted military is a set of classes teaching electrical schematics and theory, HVAC, and hydraulics. Many certifications are obtained during this course such as EPA section 608 and 609. It's purpose is to get Airmen ready to perform their job in the field after boot camp. Classes are 8 hours a day while under the eye of strict military training leaders.

SysAdmin Skills

Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, Suse, Lubuntu)

15yrs

Windows Server (AD, Exchange)

8yrs

AWS

4yrs

BIND DNS, DHCP, Sendmail

10yrs

Apache, Tomcat, Nginx

15yrs

Coding Skills

PHP

16yrs

JavaScript, jQuery

16yrs

Node.js (Currently Learning)

0yrs

Python

2yrs

TCL

2yrs

VB.net

2yrs

ColdFusion

1yr

ActionScript

1yr

HTML5, CSS3, Boostrap

17yrs

Database Skills

MySQL / Maria DB

16yrs

Microsoft SQL Server

5yrs

Postgres

1yr

Mongo DB

1yr

Memcached

6yrs

Spoken Language Skills

English

Native

Spanish

Fluent, 10 yrs

Italian

Intermediate, 6 months

Portfolio

My Works
Cloudflare DDNS

Cloudflare DDNS

Project
Matchengine.io

CoinLock.com

Business
Interview with Brent Russell from Coinlock

Alpha Growth interview for Coinlock

Tech Crunch 2018
Voz technologies

Voz Technologies LLC

Business
Auto OptionSniper

Auto OptionSniper

Project
gorillatech.app

Gorillatech.app

Project
Bleam Technology Ventures

Bleam Technology Ventures

Business
Cosmic Jukebox

Cosmic Jukebox

Project
Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa Network

Business
Zepey

Zepey File Storage (2005)

Project
tailJS

tailJS

Project
LastIP

LastIP

Project

Photography

Travel Photography
Colon, Panama

Colon, Panama

Cu Chi, Vietnam

Cu Chi, Vietnam

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Zell Am See, Austria

Zell Am See, Austria

Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice, Croatia

Krka, Croatia

Krka, Croatia

Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Annapurna, Nepal

Annapurna, Nepal

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Porto Covo, Portugal

Porto Covo, Portugal

Hebron, Palestine

Hebron, Palestine

Luang Prabang , Laos

Luang Prabang , Laos

Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jardin, Colombia

Jardin, Colombia

Pushkar, India

Pushkar, India

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Oman

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Meeru , Maldives

Meeru , Maldives

Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand

Crator Lake, Oregon

Crator Lake, Oregon

Jardin, Colombia

Jardin, Colombia

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Al Quneitra, Syria

Al Quneitra, Syria

Luang Praban, Laos

Luang Praban, Laos

Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy

Iguazu, Brazil

Iguazu, Brazil

Zebra Canyon, Utah

Zebra Canyon, Utah

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Santo Amaro Do Maranhao , Brazil

Santo Amaro Do Maranhao , Brazil

Udairpur, India

Udairpur, India

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Buckskin Gulch, Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Utah

Meeru , Maldives

Meeru , Maldives

Semuc Champey , Guatemala

Semuc Champey , Guatemala

Merzouga, Morrocco

Merzouga, Morrocco

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Zakynthos , Greece

Zakynthos , Greece

Coron , Philippines

Coron , Philippines

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Bled, Slovenia

Bled, Slovenia

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Lake Mono , California

Lake Mono , California

Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Montanita , Ecuador

Montanita , Ecuador

Masaya, Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 Km Desert, Oman

Km Desert, Oman

Lake Mono , California

Lake Mono , California

Alhambra, Spain

Alhambra, Spain

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Davis-monthan AFB, Arizona

Davis-monthan AFB, Arizona

Pushkar, India

Pushkar, India

Copan, Honduras

Copan, Honduras

Everglades, Florida

Everglades, Florida

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice, Croatia

Wadi Bani Khalid , Oman

Wadi Bani Khalid , Oman

Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur, India

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Fort Peck Lake, Montana

Fort Peck Lake, Montana

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Himalayas, Nepal

Himalayas, Nepal

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Koh Tao , Thailand

Koh Tao , Thailand

Wendover, Utah

Wendover, Utah

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Annapurna, Nepal

Annapurna, Nepal

Ticino, Italy

Ticino, Italy

Death Valley, California

Death Valley, California

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

Wolfgangsee, Austria

Wolfgangsee, Austria

Yala, Sri Lanka

Yala, Sri Lanka

Cancun , Mexico

Cancun , Mexico

Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon, Vietnam

Khao Phing Kan , Thailand

Khao Phing Kan , Thailand

Paris, France

Paris, France

Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur, India

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon, Vietnam

Bethlehem, Palestine

Bethlehem, Palestine

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Willemstad, Images/portfolio/travel Photography/SA Willemstad Sm.jpg

White Pocket, Arizona

White Pocket, Arizona

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Cano Cristales, Colombia

Cano Cristales, Colombia

Fort Peck Lake , Montana

Fort Peck Lake , Montana

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Manatee State Park, Florida

Manatee State Park, Florida

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Chaing Mai, Thailand

Chaing Mai, Thailand

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, Peru

White Pocket, Arizona

White Pocket, Arizona

Luang Praban, Laos

Luang Praban, Laos

Bonaire, Caribbean

Bonaire, Caribbean

Sugar Dunes , Oman

Sugar Dunes , Oman

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Puerto Vallarta , Mexico

Puerto Vallarta , Mexico

Meteora, Greece

Meteora, Greece

Obidos, Portugal

Obidos, Portugal

Jaisalmer, India

Jaisalmer, India

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

London, England

London, England

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Phi Phi , Thailand

Phi Phi , Thailand

Sicily, Italy

Sicily, Italy

Pushkar, India

Pushkar, India

Yosemite, California

Yosemite, California

Monaco, Monaco

Monaco, Monaco

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Jamestown, South Carolina

Jamestown, South Carolina

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Monopoli, Italy

Monopoli, Italy

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Perito Moreno, Argentina

Perito Moreno, Argentina

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Cinque Terre , Italy

Cinque Terre , Italy

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

Isabela , Puerto Rico

Isabela , Puerto Rico

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Annapurna, Nepal

Annapurna, Nepal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Bonaire, Bonaire

Bonaire, Bonaire

A Coruna, Spain

A Coruna, Spain

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Ratchaburi, Thailand

Ratchaburi, Thailand

San Blas , Panama

San Blas , Panama

Bonaire, Caribbean

Bonaire, Caribbean

El Nido , Philippines

El Nido , Philippines

El Nido , Philippines

El Nido , Philippines

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Kyrenia , Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia , Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy

Cancun , Mexico

Cancun , Mexico

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Puerto Viejo , Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo , Costa Rica

Owens Valley, California

Owens Valley, California

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

San Blas , Panama

San Blas , Panama

Paris, France

Paris, France

Taba, Egypt

Taba, Egypt

Donsol, Philippines

Donsol, Philippines

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Walt Disney, Florida

Walt Disney, Florida

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Ayai Napa , Cyprus

Zakynthos , Greece

Zakynthos , Greece

Ha Long , Vietnam

Ha Long , Vietnam

Annapurna, Nepal

Annapurna, Nepal

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

New York, New York

New York, New York

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Death Valley, California

Death Valley, California

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Grand Teton, Wyoming

Grand Teton, Wyoming

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Guatape, Colombia

Guatape, Colombia

Jardin, Colombia

Jardin, Colombia

Ning Bing, Vietnam

Ning Bing, Vietnam

Samana , Dominican Republic

Samana , Dominican Republic

Cano Piedras, Colombia

Cano Piedras, Colombia

Parque Guell, Spain

Parque Guell, Spain

Bethlehem, Palestine

Bethlehem, Palestine

Garfield, Montana

Garfield, Montana

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella, Sri Lanka

Mue Ne , Vietnam

Mue Ne , Vietnam

Caye Caulker , Belize

Caye Caulker , Belize

Ceiba , Puerto Rico

Ceiba , Puerto Rico

Perito Moreno, Argentina

Perito Moreno, Argentina

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, Peru

Polis , Cyprus

Polis , Cyprus

Railay , Thailand

Railay , Thailand

Boracay , Philippines

Boracay , Philippines

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Washington, District Of Columbia

Washington, District Of Columbia

Coron , Philippines

Coron , Philippines

Koh Lipe , Thailand

Koh Lipe , Thailand

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India

Luang Praban , Laos

Luang Praban , Laos

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Apulia, Italy

Apulia, Italy

Wendover, Utah

Wendover, Utah

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Koh Lipe , Thailand

Koh Lipe , Thailand

New York, New York

New York, New York

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