Tim Cheadle

Tim Cheadle


Full stack engineering and product leader focused on nurturing teams that help solve human problems.



A peer-reviewed journal article about Simple and our strategies for success in designing software for public health.


A summary of my story and what I'm looking for next.


What I find important in the places I work and the products I work on.



I founded and lead engineering on this open source project to support large-scale hypertension programs around the globe.



Our article about Simple won the Editor's Choice award for April 2023


The Simple.org project won "Best in Show" at the IxDA annual conference in Milan

Work Experience

2023 — Now

I lead the engineering team at Binti, working to improve child welfare using technology.

2022 — 2023

Led Shopify Shipping, empowering millions of merchants to buy shipping labels from carriers worldwide. Alongside UX and Product, I set strategy and managed a team of 50 engineers to grow the business while effectively providing tools and APIs merchants need for tracking and delivery.

2018 — 2022
New York / India

Co-founded Simple.org, a fast, open source app for public health workers to record patient blood pressures and track their care. In three years, we deployed our Android and Rails app in India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, registering over 1.5 million patients. Also helped with US COVID response.

2016 — 2018
New York

Led the fully remote Infrastructure team responsible for GA's website, inventory management, payments, accounts and authorization, APIs, and marketing automation. Our team built GA's first public API, delivering over $3 million in revenue in under six months.

2011 — 2018
Founder at Rational Means

Founded and led a boutique web engineering and design agency. We designed and built tools that helped companies grow their business, from Shopify storefronts and integrations to custom Rails apps that powered marketplaces and internal tools.

2013 — 2014
CTO at Umba
Las Vegas

Built the entire tech infrastructure for Umba to manage marketing, storefronts, and fulfillment. Funded by 500 Startups, Umba curated and sold handmade goods from around the world. Our Shopify storefronts were some of the first to support subscriptions by integrating with Chargify.

2009 — 2010
Mountain View

First internal hire at Google for the fleet management team. We were responsible for capacity planning, financial analysis, and logistics for building, deploying, and decommissioning machines in Google’s datacenters.

2005 — 2009
Mountain View

Tech lead/manager for a team of nine split across San Francisco and Ireland. We managed operations and capacity planning for Google’s primary software infrastructure, such as distributed file systems (GFS) and job scheduling (Borg).

2000 — 2005
Systems Programmer at AOL

Developed software to manage the operations of the world's largest ISP, including AOL’s web cache, backbone network, and audio/video streaming services (ShoutCast, Spinner, and more).


2017 — 2021
Mentor at Out of Office Hours

Each month I mentored folks new to the tech industry or those changing careers and needing guidance.

2015 — 2019

Coordinated and hosted speaking events and fundraising campaigns to support all of the library's community outreach efforts.