Lion in a what?

Digital Media, Organizational, and Personal Development

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Hello. My name is Neil Thawani. My name spelled backwards is lieN inawahT.

I'm a software developer and I enjoy computers, teaching, and yoga. Sometimes I freelance. Right now I am taking clients. I build mobile-responsive websites, write a lot, create videos, and consult on how to build software engineering teams.

For a list of my skills you can look at this website, which is built using Ruby on Rails (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), or you can view my résumé.


I want to be a VC

I want to be a VC is a retired news aggregator that I built in 2014 in order to learn Ruby on Rails. It uses sferik's Twitter gem to fetch tweets from a list of users using Twitter's API. On the back-end is an e-mail client built using vanilla JS that loads messages received from the site's Contact page. I managed to get a handful of subscribers before I shut down the cron jobs that scraped raw HTML (titles, authors, and a brief preview) from the articles linked to in each tweet. URLs were shortened using Bitly's API.

Sigma Delta

Sigma Delta is a blog that I created to showcase the sum of changes that occur over data-driven stories.

AIESEC US 60th Anniversary Gala Website

In college I worked for a global non-profit called AIESEC. AIESECers work together across international borders to facilitate work-abroad exchange for university students who want to go on management, technology, marketing, and volunteer internships in over 120 countries. AIESEC Life, the AIESEC United States alumni organization, was looking for volunteers to work on the organizing committee for the gala. I designed and built the website and maintained communication with other volunteers in order to put content on the site.

No Shave November 2016 Fundraiser

I decided to raise money for cancer awareness by taking a selfie of myself every day, updating my No Shave November campaign page, and sharing the daily updated photo on Facebook. I also spoke to my employer and he agreed that the company would match the funds I raised. After 30 days, I raised $630 for cancer awareness with what I would consider minimal effort.

Empathy Cards

After some life experiences involving much reflection and personal growth, a friend shared with me Empathy Cards created by the Academy for Peace Costa Rica. I borrowed her deck of one instruction card, 47 feeling cards, and 48 need cards to better understand my emotions and inner life and turned it into an online tool for others to use. The application was built using Ember CLI and its build tools.


Panhandle is a simple web microframework that allows developers to build websites using Github Pages and handlebars templates using an automatically refreshing local dev server.

Dabble Flashcards

Dabble is a simple flashcards app I created for myself after working with AnkiApp, a Mac desktop-based app that allows a user to upload CSV files. Dabble is built using Ember CLI and its build tools.



Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott Murray
Exploring ES6 by Dr. Axel Rauschmayer
Designing Data Visualizations by Julie Steele
Design Like Apple by John Edson


Swarmwise by Rick Falkvinge


The Internet is My Religion by Jim Gilliam and Lea Endres
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg
A Guide to Rational Living by Dr. Albert Ellis & Dr. Robert A. Harper


American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard


Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza


Stuck in the Shallow End by Jane Margolis


Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance


Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio & Aaron Courville



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