#intro I like building things.

I've spent the last few years writing code for startups in the Silicon Cape, namely Personera, Motribe, Obox Themes, Mxit, Superbalist & Bikehub. All of which have been amazing experiences.

In their own ways they've granted me the opportunity to learn and build with a great number of different technologies, notably but not limited to:

  • JavaScript (jQuery / Angular / Node.js), PHP (Laravel, CodeIgniter, Zend), Python (Django), Vagrant, Apache, Nginx, Memcached, MySQL, MongoDB, Neo4j, Redis, Git, etc.
  • Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Heroku. A bunch of Linux (Ubuntu) server management.
  • Third party API integration such as the Mxit platform, print service providers CafePress / MerchMo and payment providers PayPal / iVeri / 2Checkout.com. Dynamic PDF / PNG creation & manipulation.


Who am I is a touch existential so here are the basics: my full name is Nicholas de Merindol Malan, a mouthful I know. Nic will do. Born and bred South African I come bundled with the ability to communicate proficiently in English, conversational Afrikaans, drivers license & good sense of humour.

A few things I enjoy: making photos, a little bit of writing, music, analytics, data, the internet, side projects, working with smart & passionate people, solving problems, results.

My recent kindle history looks something like this along with a ton of random internet articles:

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol S. Dweck
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Cal Newport
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary Edition: Essays On Software Engineering Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Ben Horowitz
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Dreams Robin Sharma
  • Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz Ron Jeremy
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon By Brad Stone
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking By Susan Cain
  • Invisible Monsters: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Simplify by Joshua Becker
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston
  • Masters of Doom by David Kushner
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson


>2016, Contracting
Clients including Superbalist.com, NEXT & Bike Hub.
±2015, Superbalist.com
Senior Developer. Contact: Brad.
±2014, Contracting
Largely working on the stolen bikes feature for Bike Hub and R&D for Mxit.
±2013, Obox Themes
Skunkworks department: developed the SalesGenius & Obox Themes sites. Contact Marc, David.
±2012, Motribe.
Developer. Contact: Vincent, Nic.
±2011, Personera.
Developer. Contact: Sheraan, Nils.
±2010, White Wall Web.
Product Support Manager. Contact: Ayesha, 076-235 6226.
2007-2009, CellSmart Technologies.
2007-2008: Project Co-ordinator. Contact: Ayesha, 076-235 6226.

#projects misc code available at github.com/n1c

ZA Tech Slack
I created / admin a Slack community for people in the ZA Tech scene.
Reflex Warmers
Created a brand of disposable hand warmers for esports pros.
Website for sharing the hardware and software setups for esports pros.
Simple tool to automate Slack group invites. Discontinued in favour of using slackin.
MFAWAYWT.com [Laravel, Angular]
Polls Reddit for new WAYWT posts to the /r/malefashionadvice community, archives and displays them in a more useful way.
Wrangle Objective-C & C#
App to track what game you're currently playing and report to your friends. Essentially cross-platform-steam.
Popularinstagram.com [Laravel, Angular]
Poll Instagram every 10 minutes and create a mosaic of the popular images.
Hashtagdomains.org [Laravel, React]
Poll Instagram for popular hashtags and see if the corresponding .com is available.
Panovid Objective-C
Simple iOS app built to learn and get experience on the platform.
Glitchr Objective-C
Simple iOS app built to learn and get experience on the platform.
dressed.so [PHP+CodeIgniter, Memcache, MySQL, S3, CloudFront]
Built to scratch an itch for the /r/mfa community, >5000 users and >9000 posts (sold and no longer maintained by me).
Wireworld [Dart]
Built to experiment with Dart. It's possible this only works in Chrome.
bitcoinaddressbalance.com [PHP+CodeIgniter, Memcache]
Built to experiment with Bitcoin and how to build a simple embed.
sizegui.de [PHP+CodeIgniter, Memcache MySQL, S3]
Log user's body measurements so as to recommend clothing other, similar users like.
tagggr.com [Django, Redis]
Primarily built as a place for me to experiment with the Imgur API and Redis for storage.
boxx.es [JS/Node.js]
Some time spent experimenting with socket.io and 2d game development on Node.js & HTML5's canvas. Learning the very basics of how games work was new to me and a really fun learning experience.

#fun facts

At the core I really like building things and progress.

I can type >100 words per minute on a good day.

I like to have strong, informed opinions. Along with wanting to try and understand everything. This means I sometimes ask a lot of questions.

♫♪♩ I tend to sing a lot about completely random things ♬♫♪♩♬

I've managed to get my domain-name-buying-addiction under control.

Q3 is my favourite game of all time, I played a fair emount of TF2 pickups when it was first starting out along with flying helicopters in BF3/BF4. Currently playing CS:GO & PUBG.

As much as I appreciate good design, and like to think I have good taste. This site shows I'm no designer. I owe a lot to Bootstrap and it's amazingness .