Vahid Dejwakh

Vahid Dejwakh

Senior Engineer at Briefcat, LLC


Analytical, Creative, and Enterprising, Vahid loves to learn, write about, discuss, share, teach, innovate, and generally do any and all things related to software development, government policy, mindfulness, business development, cognitive psychology, and data analytics – though not necessarily in that order.

When he is not writing posts or reviews for his blog, Vahid is working on one of his several projects or further developing his coding skillset. He enjoys good food, tennis, poetry, board games, hiking, coffee, and any time spent with friends and family.


  • Software Engineering
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Philosophy and Psychology
  • Business Development
  • Public Policy and Economics


  • Juris Doctor (JD)

    College of William & Mary

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)

    College of William & Mary

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Barrett Honors

    Arizona State University



Javascript ecosystem for full-stack web development


Elegant component-based JS library for front-end rendering

Ruby on Rails

Rapid application development using the Rails framework

Advanced Excel

Advanced Excel analysis including pivot tables, vlookups, macro creation in VBA, slicers, and more to create stunning and interactive, user-friendly spreadsheets


Version control, branching, merging, and team collaboration

System design and prototyping

Conceptualization and rapid development of an MVP


Technical and academic writing with the use of Markdown syntax (used in this site)


Implementation and interactivity with SQL-based databases like PostgreSQL, and NoSQL databases like MongoDB



Founder and Senior Engineer


Aug 2020 – Present Hampton, Virginia

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing an MVP of a tool to help students rapidly conceptualize and learn new information
  • User testing and feedback
  • Participant in Y-Combinator’s Startup School

Human Resources Information Systems Administrator

City of Hampton

Jan 2020 – Present Hampton, Virginia

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing several creative solutions to facilitate data reporting and analysis on HR personnel data, including: 1) a “Github-for-Excel” application that allows a team to work on the same Excel document on the shared drive together, and 2) a combination of SQL queries and Excel macros to extract more useful and pivot-able data from our HRIS legacy application
  • Updated the city’s compensation classification structure as compared to other cities in the region
  • Assisting the Director of Human Resources with data analysis and forecasting of various salary-related scenarios

Senior Management and Systems Analyst

City of Hampton

Nov 2015 – Jan 2019 Hampton, Virginia

Experiences included:

  • Served as lead developer of a brand new budget application to streamline the budget development process, incorporating multiple APIs to pull financial data from our finance software and HR data from our HRIS software, converting the data to budget-specific categories, and outputting to redesigned Excel templates and PDFs. Partnered with our IT and marketing departments to successfully create and deliver ahead of schedule an application that made the budget process 10x faster, more accurate, and producing a budget document that looked better than ever, with a complete, modern redesign.

    See the FY19 Budget Document for the product of this new application, in comparison to the FY18 Budget Document for the previous and older version that had been produced by manually updating many spreadsheets, year after year.

  • Produced a yearly budget document for the city of Hampton, with over $420 million in the general fund, helping to manage the budgets of multiple departments.
  • In partnership with the Director of Budget and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Finance, built yearly expenditure and revenue forecasts for the general fund

Graduate Student in Law and Public Policy (JD/MPP)

College of William and Mary

Aug 2011 – May 2015 Williamsburg, Virginia

Experiences included:


Industry Analyst

In-Stat, a division of NPD

Mar 2008 – Aug 2011 Scottsdale, Arizona

Experiences included:

  • Published the company’s highest grossing report two years in a row: an in-depth breakdown of the virtual goods industry, encapsulating both social networking platforms and online games. The report included a breakdown of all the main competitors (their unique advantages, revenue models, subscription sizes, and revenues), a five-year forecast of the subscription and total revenues of the industry, and some qualitative insights on what the key challenges will be for participants in this industry.
  • Maintained and produced the quarterly broadband report, which included satisfying major customers and industry players like Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks, and Netgear.

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