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Brian Dear

Nîmes Area, France

As the founder of online therapy startup iCouch as well as a highly experienced software engineer, I have a vast expertise in software development, project management and product development. I also have a strong background with HIPAA, digital health security as well as other areas affecting data privacy. I'm the perfect person to consult if you need help developing a product roadmap, understanding Lean or Agile product development processes or just need help with making technical decisions.

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Areas of Expertise

  • CTO/ Web Application Development

    I'm an expert in software engineering, especially with web application development as well as API design, mobile applications and other areas. I am also have extensive product and project management experience and can help with Lean and Agile process development.

    • Software
    • Web development
    • Website Development
    • security and privacy
    • product launch
    • new product development


  • AL
    Brian is a tenacious and savvy entrepreneur. He is driven by an indomitable optimism that absolutely contagious. I always look forward to collaborating with him on projects.
    Adam Lowe

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT


  • CEO & Cofounder

    iCouch, Inc. | April 2010 - Current

    Co-founder and chief executive of a mental health services technology company. Created, an online platform for online video counseling and iCouch CBT, the top-rated therapy app on the Apple App Store.

  • Lead Software Engineer

    Take the Interview | May 2013 - Current

    We've destroyed the traditional job interview. Take the Interview is a platform that saves time and makes finding the right job candidate easy. We've all wasted time interviewing candidates that we immediately knew just weren't the right fit. Take the Interview saves both candidate frustration and HR time. Instead of having to schedule multiple interviews with multiple stakeholders, Take the Interview makes it easy for a candidate to complete a video interview and then have it shared across a company or a department so every stakeholder can rate and review candidates anywhere, anytime. Job interviews were never fun -- until now.

  • Software Engineer

    Paperless Post | May 2012 - July 2012

    Mobile web development. Sammy.js, Rails, Ruby, Javascript, Objective C/iOS and all sorts of other fun stuff.

  • UX and Ruby-on-Rails Consultant

    UXme | July 2012 - May 2013

    Provides high quality consulting on UX design and Ruby-on-Rails development for both web and mobile applications. Creates amazing mobile user experiences using Lean processes and client collaboration. The process begins with client discovery, then storycarding of user flow, then wireframes for user feedback, followed by beautiful Photoshop mockups, then coding, more user feedback/analytics/A/B testing/ finally ending with a tested, beautiful and effective user experience.

  • Assistant Instructor

    General | September 2012 - April 2013

    Assistant instructor for full-time intensive front and back-end web development courses. Specifically involved with Ruby, Ruby-on-Rails, Javascript, Jquery and CSS instruction. Provides 1-on-1 and group assistances to enrolled students.

  • Lead Ruby Engineer

    Tribeca Film Festival | December 2012 - May 2013

    I built the new content management system for the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Films using MongoDB, Ruby-on-Rails and a few other fun technologies. Also, I provided support to designers and front-end engineers in integrating their beautiful work into the main application. Finally, I consult with senior executives to assist with cost-effective development, deployment and maintenance of Tribeca web properties.

  • Rails Developer

    Self-Employed Web Designer & Developer | September 2009 - January 2012

    I developed websites and design for freelance clients using Ruby-on-Rails, PostgreSQL, Heroku and other web technologies.

  • Educational Consultant - Public Speaking and Writing Programs

    Suzhou Foreign Language School | August 2009 - July 2010

    Coordinated English language programs for an Chinese foreign language school.

  • Project Manager

    Paedea Inc. | April 2009 - September 2009

    Curriculum and technology project manager for Korea's leading English education e-learning platform.

  • Instructor

    Chungdahm Learning | December 2008 - Current 2009

    Managed online learning programs

  • Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Officer

    US Army | July 2003 - December 2005

    Army Reserve Officer tasked with war gaming development, strategic and tactical threat analysis and Korean peninsular intelligence management.

  • Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Reproductive Sciences Laboratory | January 2000 - July 2002

    Assisted in and conducted original research into feline cloning technology. Specifically worked with oocyte maturation protocol development and testing.

  • Research Intern

    The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center | August 1999 - December 1999

    Created computerized patient satisfaction/treatment efficacy tracking system for anxiety treatment research. Collected and analyzed patient satisfaction data from group therapy sessions.

  • Emergency Center EMT Volunteer

    Baylor College of Medicine: Ben Taub General Hospital | August 1997 - December 1999

    Volunteered in the Level 1 Trauma center for a major county hospital. Assisted with patient care in both the surgical and psychiatric sections of the emergency center.

  • Contract Photojournalist

    Thomson Reuters | March 1996 - August 2002

    Contract photojournalist for the world's leading news wire service.

  • Contributing Photographer

    Sipa Press | March 1996 - July 2003

    I was a Houston, Texas based regular contributor to Sipa, providing photojournalism coverage of news and features for international clients and publication.


  • Texas A&M University

    BA | Journalism, Biomedical Science | 2000 - 2002

  • University of Houston

    Communications | 1995 - 1999