Joe Burns

Building E-Commerce Marketplaces at Scale

I'm Joe, a software engineer and e-commerce professional. I'm currently the CTO of TeePublic. I also run, from another life when I was hanging around NYC's improv comedy community. I'm a nerd and have celiac disease. I have an unhealthy relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles. I'm a big fan of the Oxford comma.

I currently live in suburban Chicago with my wife, our son, our cat (Carol), and our dog (Ella).

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I'm currently transitioning out of my role at TeePublic and exploring fractional or co-founder roles across SaaS, E-Commerce and Marketplaces.

Joe Burns


  • Joe was my Founder for 10 years. He has a unique skill set where he is both an expert software and product architect, knowns how to hire and manage excellent people, and has a very sharp business mind. I've been building internet businesses for 24 years now and Joe is among the very best that I've had the pleasure of working with.

    Josh Abramson

    Josh Abramson

    CTO, Teepublic


  • Teepublic


    Chief Technology Officer

    Aug 2013 - Present

    Original incubated from within BustedTees, TeePublic has become a premiere destination for independent artists to turn their passion into profit. Acquired by RedBubble in 2018.

    • Built engineering team from 1 to 20+
    • Scaled custom Ruby on Rails marketplace platform to support over 8 million designs and billions of unique skus.
    • Collaborated with product to plan OKRs and lead in execution.
    • Implemented comprehensive agile development lifecycle to ensure platform reliability and consistency in delivery.
  • BustedTees


    Software Engineer

    Aug 2009 - May 2012

    BustedTees was the premiere funny t-shit company of the early internet. Operated within

    • Engineer for Custom E-Commerce Platform
    • Lone engineer for company through multiple holiday seasons.
  • Critical Mention

    Critical Mention

    Software Developer

    May 2007 - Aug 2009

    The most reliable PR and earned media platform featuring global media monitoring, a media contact database and analytics

    • Built out Lucene powered media search with language translation.
    • Crated XSLT based report builder and format.

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