Josh Clayton


Josh is an empathetic technical leader and software consultant almost twenty years of professional software development experience and eight years of experience managing business financials, leading teammate hiring and retention, closing software consulting sales, and ensuring customer success while upholding high standards of work.


Managing Director, Boost / thoughtbot

– Present

  • Grew Boost from a forecasted $6MM annual revenue to a projected $8.4MM annual revenue since team inception
  • Exceeded target profit margins by 50%
  • Redesigned Director interview process to assess for high-level strategy and tactics necessary for two open Director roles within Boost
  • Partnered with Boost team leads to redesign our final-stage Rails interview to reduce bias and increase confidence in hiring decisions
  • Refined remote culture with Boost leadership to increase team cohesion and build camaraderie
  • Led the sales process closing more than $2.5MM in sales during the first six months of Boost
  • Consulted on full-stack software development, technical process, and product and project management on multiple engagements

Premier Accounts

  • Cisco Meraki
  • Code for America
  • Epic Games
  • New England Journal of Medicine

Work Experience

Managing Director, Boston / thoughtbot

  • Led the sales process in Boston, closing between $2.5MM and $5MM annually
  • Partnered with technical leadership to redesign our Rails technical interview to reduce bias and increase confidence in hiring decisions
  • Introduced lunch-and-learn events to build client relationships and level up engineers' skill sets
  • Developed and led software consulting workshops to increase software consulting capacity within and beyond the Boston team
  • Consulted across a broad set of services, including full-stack software development, technical leadership, technical process and SDLC, product management, project management, and project advisorship for more than sixty clients
  • Mentored at both MassChallenge and TechStars Boston to engage with company founders of Boston's start-up scene

Premier Accounts

  • Autodesk
  • ezCater
  • Google
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Indigo Ag
  • MBTA
  • MIT
  • Travelers Insurance

Developer / thoughtbot

  • Consulted with clients across a number of different industries, including e-commerce, edtech, and martech platforms
  • Managed the FactoryBot and FactoryBotRails Rubygems from the 2.0 release through the 4.8 release, including feature development, issue triage, and community engagement
  • Developed and led a two-day in-person workshop, Test-Driven Rails, over multiple years, before moving the content online
  • Co-authored a 60-page e-book, Geocoding on Rails, with Laila Winner
  • Authored one of thoughtbot's most-viewed blog posts, A Tmux Crash Course

Software Consultant / Fusionary Media

  • Developed web applications using Ruby on Rails for a number of clients, including General Motors and RT London

Web Applications Developer / Rapidparts

  • Developed internal and customer-facing web applications using ASP,, C#

Rifleman (0311) / United States Marine Corps