Derrick Koo

Front-End Developer, JavaScript Engineer

Intro

Hello! I’m a front-end developer based just outside sunny Denver, Colorado. I’m currently working full-time as a JavaScript Engineer at Automattic.

I strive for accessibility, performance, clean code, smooth user experiences, and elegant application architecture. If you’d like to talk about code or potential projects, please get in touch.

Areas of Expertise

HTML, CSS


I’ve been building websites for fun, education, and career since the days of GeoCities and MySpace. I discovered HTML and CSS while noodling with custom blogs in college, and have been hooked ever since.

JavaScript


JavaScript is my bread, butter, and jam. I’ve worked on large-scale projects using both vanilla JS and frameworks like React, React Native, Ionic, Angular, Meteor and Backbone, and am always hungry to learn more.

WordPress


WordPress is one of the most powerful and extensible open-source content management systems on the planet. I’ve been building WordPress sites of all shapes and sizes for well over a decade.

Lore

I was born and raised in New York, and bounced around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens for most of my adult life.

Prior to joining Automattic, I was a Lead Front-End Engineer at 10up for four years, where I specialized in JavaScript and mobile application development, helping to build products for clients both small and large.

Before that, I was a member of the Editorial Production team for seven years at The New Yorker, where I was part of the team who migrated newyorker.com to WordPress from a proprietary CMS.

In a previous life, I majored in history at Columbia and earned a master’s degree in journalism at NYU. I strongly considered pursuing a career writing and reporting in the city before answering my true calling to write code in the mountains.

Get in touch

Want to learn more? You can reach me via the following channels: