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James Ward

Level 13 Software Engineer


I am an Engineer through and through - I solve practical problems. I get things done, ship amazing software, and create a superb user experience - all while hitting every specification and business requirement. Unit tests, end to end testing, and test driven development are my go-to tools for crafting solid code in a multitude of languages. This isn't just a day job to me, it's a passion.

Experience Points


Common Room

2020 Current
Brought together an engineering team to build an alpha product, setting the cultural and technical vision for the company.
  • Create React Native & React Native Web frontend for the alpha product.
  • Build NodeJS backend APIs and infrastructure to support rapid product iteration.

Senior Engineering Manager


2018 2019
Organized the Platform as a Service team - developing the mission, vision, capabilities, and roadmap to encourage a high performing team with a strong sense of ownership.
  • Provide technical leadership to bring reliability from 90% to 99.999%, improving the experience for over 40 million users.
  • Develop cross-functional initiatives to improve data flow between products to encourage a migration towards distributed architecture.


Forkbombus Labs

2015 2018
Understanding the human element behind threats to manage the risks they pose.
  • Built scalable product platform using Node.js, Kafka, Tensorflow, PostgreSQL, and ElasticSearch.
  • Design and implement user experience and workflows of the flagship product.
  • Produce a full marketing website - from creating wireframes, to generating copy text, to writing the Javascript and HTML.

Senior Engineering Manager


2014 2017
Lead a diverse team of engineers to develop services for scalable, customizable, and personalized interactions with customers.
  • Architect a cross-team platform that generates over 18% of company revenue by enabling open communication with millions of active customers.
  • Use Kafka, Storm, and HBase to ingest and act upon a large throughput of data through user definable rule sets.
  • Extensively utilize multiple frontend frameworks to create highly interactive user experiences.
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Tools I Use

  • Java
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Cobol
  • Pascal
  • Python
  • Infrastructure
  • Javascript
  • NoSQL
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Perl
  • C++
  • C
  • R