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Donovan Buck
Partner and Vice President, Software Engineering

Fluent in many programming languages, Donovan Buck is vocal about pushing his team of developers to stay at the forefront of the field. As BrandExtract’s head of software engineering, he 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.

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. He is a regular contributor to Johnny-Five, an open-source framework for programming robots using JavaScript. He is an invited expert on ECMA TC-53 standards body and part of the OpenJS Foundation Standards working group. He has also made a written contribution to the first edition of JavaScript Robotics: Building NodeBots with Johnny-Five, a book featuring innovative programmers’ tips on the processes for programming and robotics.