Jonathan Leaders is an experienced graphics engineer based out of Dallas, TX. He is currently a Graphics engineer at ClassDojo. He was formerly a Lead Graphics Engineer for Deviation Games, where he led a team in developing next-gen graphics techniques, pushing the limits of UE5 for a Sony PlayStation 5 game. He previously was a founder and director of a business automation studio
which helped build the technology backbone to scale a business from a small man team to a leading industry player with $1MM/mo gross revenue, processing completed jobs every 20 seconds. He is a technical writer with a cumulative 5.6 million users helped via technical writings across the internet, primarily as a global top 6% writer on StackOverflow
. He was previously employed as a Global Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation SKG
where he was a teammember in 41 awards, 213 nominations including prestigious Oscars, Annies, and Golden Globes.
He served as a Research and Development Engineer for the blockbuster film Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted
(2013). He worked as a Technical Director for Annie-nominated Megamind
, the Oscar-nominated film, Puss in Boots
, and the film The Croods
Jonathan started programming at the age of 8 in BASIC on black and white text-only terminals, and now knows over fifteen programming languages. At the age of 14 he started a business selling video games he had made from scratch, and went on to complete graduate school by the age of 20. He continued his passion for building games as a senior programmer on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade game Roogoo
, as well as the retail Nintendo Wii game Roogoo: Twisted Towers
In high school, he built high security database applications with a team at a leading global linguistics research organization. Outside of working on various projects
as a freelance software developer, Jonathan has been a tech consultant for an international non-profit, an airline, and several businesses in Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles, as well as working remotely from 20 different countries.
Jonathan was featured
in Casual Connect
magazine in an article on innovation. He is a published photographer
, entrepreneur, guest teacher, and a speaker for personal growth and freedom. He has a passion for spirituality, technology, robotics, media, and education.