Software development is a second career for Bill Barnett. After time in the Marine Corps and Air Force Reserve, he spent 17 years at Delta. Bill worked as a baggage handler, cleaned and re-stocked cabins and ultimately became an aircraft mechanic.
At one point, Bill broke his collarbone and spent time working behind a desk at Delta. He took that opportunity to create a software database application to track the location of tools and parts. The company loved the app and flew Bill down to Atlanta headquarters. Then Delta gave the project to a young corporate employee.
Bill realized he needed an education and enrolled in the University of Cincinnati, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science while working in material services at Delta. He went on to work as a developer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and later SCRIP-SAFE, a company that created the country’s first digital transcription system for colleges and universities.
He co-founded Gaslight in 2009 because he saw an opportunity to serve the business community with agile software development. Today you’ll find him building Web apps with Ruby and Ruby on Rails and using Backbone on the client side. In addition, he’s the co-founder of Cincinnati Coworks, Southwest Ohio Give Camp and BudgetSketch.
Bill lives in Northside. He likes to ride bikes with his daughter, and one day hopes to ride his bike across the United States.
Surprising Fact About Bill
Bill once told Hulk Hogan to move out of his seat on an airplane. And the Hulkster did.