Nathan  Pilkenton

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Hi, I'm Nathan. Thanks for visiting my site.

I'm currently based in Austin, TX, and I create business strategies at IA Collaborative.

Some things I like are: golf, basketball, reading, chess, web app development, choral singing, and the Oregon Ducks.



Chekkin helps teams track and improve their happiness and engagement. It's designed to be simpler and more transparent than existing employee engagement tools. I built all of the front-end and back-end myself with Django and custom HTML/CSS/JS (+ Bootstrap).


Guest/alt lets you create long-form rich text anonymously, and edit your posts with a magic link—like Craigslist for blogging. I put it together in about a week using Django and QuillJS.

Hacker Yardage

I made Hacker Yardage to generate yardage books for any golf course using publicly-available data on OpenStreetMap. All of the data cleaning, image processing, and distance measurement is done in Python.


Houdini was a Mac OS X application that allowed the user to easily manipulate "hidden files" typically reserved for system use. I created it in high school, when I needed to delete some hidden files from a USB drive. It was featured on Lifehacker in 2008 and received over 350,000 total downloads on MacUpdate. (Nowadays, you can just open a new Finder window and hit Command-Shift-Period to see hidden files.)


Bulletyn sends customized reddit digest emails—I made it for myself, so I would stop spending so much time on (It worked...for the most part.) It's made with Django and deployed on Heroku.

Personal site

I built this website myself from scratch to learn HTML and CSS. It's gone through many iterations as my skills have grown. My favorite feature from the past is the beard slider.


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