Yours Truly

My name is Philip Yurchuk and I’m a consulting CTO. I help entrepreneurs and non-technical managers start (or turn around) software projects. I am an authority on hiring and programmer productivity. I work through my consultancy, Made Up Name (yes, that’s really the name). In addition to the stuff on the home page, I…

  • started programming at age 12 and since then have learned 18 different programming languages. I also picked up a degree in CS from RPI.
  • held just about every job in IT, most of the time as a lead or manager. I genuinely enjoy figuring out how to make software teams more efficient and projects more effective and less costly.
  • embarked on a ’round the world trip while working on an ecommerce analytics startup. Spent another 8 months abroad in 2017, living in Madrid and Cebu City.
  • run the Orange County Java User Group and the Tech Interview Study Group, both the largest of their kind in SoCal, but on hiatus due to COVID.


I am what Malcolm Gladwell calls a super connector. After my trip, I made an effort to expand my network, and have since added about 200 people a year. I  have over a thousand connections and have personally met most of them. If you think I can help you we’re in the same city (usually LA), let’s grab a meal or coffee to discuss it (contact me). More than once I’ve been able to solve a nagging business problem over lunch and I’m always happy to be of service.

You can find out more on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.