Jack Mallers

Coding - Basketball - Chess - BTC

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Jack Mallers

  • Evanston, IL
  • 5' 9", 160 lbs
  • Label Insight

2013-Present (Career as coder)

Projects Own BTC? Degrees
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Scouting Report

Mallers is an extremely focused and hard-working developer and designer with strong intuition, ambition, and big-picture thinking. Quickly transitioning from college dropout to web developer, building usable apps like jackschess and even being featured in Basecamp's Signal vs Noise, he has demonstrated that he is a nimble independent learner.

Mallers loves working on teams, especially with smart and experienced people, where he can learn and grow. Currently, he is crafting consumer expierences at VC-backed startup Label Insight. Outside of Label Insight? Bitcoin. Bitcoin. Bitcoin. Mallers is fascinated by Bitcoin and has wored on projects like ZeroHouseEdge, the first online-gambling experience with no fees or limitations. With Zero House Edge you can place wagers on the internet with no fees, no house edge — and on any event with an uncertain outcome with a reliable data set. Just being a part of something that he believes will change the world and move it in the right direction is his current goal.

Mallers was also a nationally-ranked chess player throughout high school, and was the 6th man for the 8th ranked basketball team in the state of Illinois. In his free time, you will find him on the courts playing pick-up ball with his friends when he's not in the parks playing speed chess.


I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

― Thomas Carlyle


Starter School

Sept 2013 - June 2014

Web development, web design, business/entrepreneurship Starter School is a 9-month course that teaches web development, design, and entrepreneurship. I not only got to learn from the likes of Jeff Cohen, Raghu Betina, Mig Reyes and others, but I also was able to meet and hear talks from some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in Chicago, such as Amanda Lannert, Ryan Singer and Adrian Holovaty. Most important, I built mentor relationships that I still have today with Jason Fried, Troy Henikoff and Josh Braun.

Chicago, IL

Talentbuddy Mentors

Oct 2014 - Feb 2015

Back-end dev (Node.js), Front-end dev(Ember.js), Advanced JS I was part of the Talentbuddy mentorship program very early on where I got paired with a back-end mentor and a front-end mentor. For 3 months I worked with Andrei Soare on Node.js development and advanced JS, and Vlad Berteanu on Ember.js and Ember-CLI. Both former Google Engineers. An interview on my experience is here, I definitely recommend Talentbuddy.


Things I've done

Board Member

June 2015 - Present

Entrepreneurship Board, Evanston Township High School Invited by local large high school to serve as a mentor and board member for the Algebra Entrepreneurship Board.

Evanston, IL

Programming Instructor

Summer 2014 & Summer 2015

Instructor at Starter School The last two summers I have done a variety of teaching for Starter School. I helped teach a 3 month web-development course in Rails, an AJAX class, and a class where I went over front-end JS like jQuery and Ember.js/Ember-CLI.

Chicago, IL

Part of Start-Up Team

June 2014 - September 2014

Developer, Sales, and Quality Assurance at LanternHQ Lantern is a learning management platform that's easy for teachers and students to use. I was brought on when there were only ~3 employees. I assisted with some back-end development, a lot of sales and QA testing.

Chicago, IL | https://lanternhq.com/

Founded JacksChess

Feb 2015 - Nov 2015

Did Everything: Development, Design, Business JacksChess is the product I had in mind when I first got into coding 3 years ago. JacksChess is a platform for players to connect, teach, and learn online with each other. It takes the over-the-board experience that players have been doing face to face for thousands of years, and replicates that online. Within its first 2 months of public launch, the site was used for 2,141 chess sessions, and 303 chessrooms were created. Users in 72 countries. It has recently been open sourced and influenced the analysis feature on lichess.org.

Evanston, IL | http://jackschess.com

Worked with ChangeCoin

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Software Engineer (Python/Bitcoin) For a few months I worked with ChangeCoin's CEO Nick Sullivan on bringing their Bitcoin tipping service to Google Hangouts. I learned a lot and got to work with some great people. Unfortunately around that time ChangeCoin got "acqui-hired" by Airbnb and I stopped working with them.

Founded ZeroHouseEdge

Feb 2016 - Present

Do Everything: Development, Design, Business Zero House Edge is my most ambitious prject to date, as it's an attempt to disrupt the mult-trillion dollar gambling industry using revolutionary cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Zero House Edge is the first online-gambling experience with no fees or limitations. With Zero House Edge you can place wagers on the internet with no fees, no house edge — and on any event with an uncertain outcome with a reliable data set. It has garnered the attention of many investors and bitcoin industry leaders.

Evanston, IL

Engineer at Label Insight

September 2016 - Present

Front End (React.js/Redux + Angular.js) Working at Label Insight as a front end engineer. The team and I build products with the mission of helping consumers understand what’s in the products they use and consume - See more at: https://www.labelinsight.com

Chicago, IL

Things I've Built

I like to build things. I like to do things.

― Walter Chrysler

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ZeroHouseEdge The first pure and free gambling expierence developed using revolutionary cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. ZeroHouseEdge is a downloadable app that lets you gamble for free with no deposit or withdrawal fees, making it the first truly free gambling expierence. It has garnered the attention of many investors and industry leaders.
Digital Ocean
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JacksChess Conceived, designed, developed my dream product from scratch. An innovative platform for chess players to connect, teach, and learn online. Within it's first 2 months of public launch, site was used for 2,141 chess sessions and 303 chessrooms were created. Users in 72 countries.
Digital Ocean
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LanternHQ A learning management platform that's easy for teachers and students to use. It is used in many college universities. I assisted with back-end development, quality assurance, and sales for this new learning management platform. Founded and run by the awesome folks at Starter League.
Ruby on Rails
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RollWithMe Inspired by a good friend of mine Mohammad Ouyoun, RollWithMe gives handicapped accessible transit directions in Chicago. I did back-end development for the web-app. We were featured in BuiltInChicago and on Fox News Chicago.
Ruby on Rails
Google Maps API
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HelpTrainMe An app to help personal trainers at large gym corporations organize their clients' training data. The app is used by The Exercise Coach. I did back-end, front-end, design and business with my good friend Harsha Murthy.
Ruby on Rails


A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

― Larry Bird

  • CSS(3)
  • HTML(5)
  • MVC Pattern
  • OOP
  • JSON
  • Javascript
  • React/Redux
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Node.js
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • Ember.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Angular.js
  • React-Native
  • Mithril.js
  • Swift
  • Scala/Play
  • D3.js


Jack was confident, he was raw, he was rebellious, and he was clearly smart as hell.

Jason Fried

Nice things said by nice people

Cool articles about me and my work

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Basecamp's Signal vs Noise

By Basecamp's CEO, Jason Fried

My story from college dropout to entrepreneur

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BuiltIn Chicago

By Kaite Rosow Chrisman

The story of RollWithMe and it's impact

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Talentbuddy's Blog

By Octav Druta

My expierence at Talentbuddy

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I live by 'Go big or go home.' It's either commit and go for it or don't do it at all. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to sports, I apply that to everything. That's what I live by. That's how I like it.