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Donovan Buck, Partner, Vice President, Software Engineering

Donovan Buck

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A career in technology was never in doubt for Donovan. He was ferrying punch cards around the data center at Houston Natural Gas at age 5 and swapping out magnetic tapes while perched atop boxes of printer paper. At 12, he landed his first paid job building and repairing CP/M-based personal computers.

From there he attended University of Houston where he majored in Computer Science. In the mid-90s, Donovan co-founded Bravo Zulu Interactive with Malcolm Wolter and later merged in 2006 with BrandExtract.

Donovan has plied his digital trade for clients such as Marathon Oil, Apache, Murphy Oil, Coke Foods and Ernst & Young.

Donovan is fluent in XML/XSLT, ASP, SQL, JSON and Javascript, Javascript, Javascript. He has served on the curriculum advisory boards of the Art Institute of Houston and North Harris Community College, and firmly believes in the power of continuing education

Donovan Buck
Partner and Vice President, Software Engineering

Fluent in XML/XSLT, ASP, SQL, JSON and JavaScript, Donovan Buck is perhaps most vocal about pushing his team of developers to stay at the forefront of the field. BrandExtract’s head of software engineering believes that to develop truly innovative technologies that remove roadblocks for users, you have to constantly learn and grow your own capabilities. In turn, the firm can better help clients realize their goals and ensure the question “Can we do it?” never enters the equation.

“There is no status quo. You’re either growing or getting left behind.”

In the mid-90s, he and Malcolm Wolter co-founded Bravo Zulu! Interactive, which merged with BrandExtract in 2006. Donovan has led the development of custom applications and large-scale corporate websites for clients such as Marathon Oil, Apache, Murphy Oil and Ernst & Young.

Donovan studied computer science at the University of Houston and continues to further his programming knowledge at key industry events, including JSConf, NodeConf and TXJS. He is also a regular contributor to Johnny-Five, an open-source framework for programming robots using JavaScript.

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