Nate Koechley is a web technologist and product experience designer with deep expertise in frontend engineering.
One of the first web developers at Yahoo!, Nate was instrumental in creating, defining and establishing the practice of Web Development and Frontend Engineering. During his four years within the User Experience & Design group Nate worked on user experience development efforts for Yahoo!’s Shopping, Search, Travel, Maps, Local and Autos products, and was an invited outside consultant to key Homepage and Mail/Calendar projects. During the subsequent four years, within the Platform Engineering organization, he helping design, build, document and deploy the successful Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) and Yahoo! Design Patterns (YDP) libraries for cutting-edge and responsive user experiences. When not pushing pixels he created and edited the Yahoo! User Interface blog, contributed to extensive page performance R&D, defined Yahoo!’s Graded Browser Support policies, collaborated closely with browser teams at Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple and Opera, and led technical and design training sessions at Yahoo! offices worldwide.
Nate is a sought after speaker, writer, trainer and consultant. Since 2008 he’s spoken about the intersection of design and technology at more than thirty events worldwide including guest lectures at the National Taiwan University, presentations at South by Southwest (Austin), @Media (London), Ajax Experience (Boston), IceWeb (Iceland), and Kings of Code (Amsterdam), and bespoke training sessions for Microsoft (MIX), Adobe (MAX), and Yahoo!.
Nate has consulted for a wide range of companies including the New York Times Digital, Netflix, PayPal, eBay, TiVo, Walmart, Ticketmaster/Live Nation, Oracle, Adobe, and Microsoft.
Recent book contributions include “High Performance Web Sites” (O’Reilly, 2008), “Modular Web Design: Creating Reusable Components for User Experience Design and Documentation” (New Riders Press, 2009), and “Developing Large Web Applications” (O’Reilly, 2010).
Nate’s first US Patent was granted in late 2009.
Nate lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a growing collection of cookbooks, passport stamps, and obsolete gadgets.