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James Ward

Level 13 Software Engineer

Experience Points

Co-Founder

Common Room

January 2020 August 2020
Brought together an engineering team to build a novel community engagement product, setting the cultural and technical vision for the company.
  • Create React Native & React Native Web frontend for the user and end-user portions of the flagship community product utilizing React Hooks and CSS-in-JS.
  • Built NodeJS backend APIs and infrastructure to support rapid product feature iteration, rolling atomic deployments, as well as the ability to scale from 100 members to 100,000.

Senior Engineering Manager

Venmo

October 2018 December 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.
  • Develop cross-functional initiatives migrating Venmo to a distributed architecture.
  • Provide technical leadership to bring service reliability from 90% to 99.999% - from 73 hours to less than 30 seconds of downtime per month.
  • Coordinate multiple D&I recruiting initiatives to improve representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the Venmo hiring pipelines.

Co-Founder

Forkbombus Labs

November 2015 September 2018
Understanding the human element behind threats to manage the risks they pose.
  • Built the Hivemind deception and threat intelligence platform using Node, Kafka, Tensorflow, Postgres, and ElasticSearch to support real-time personalization encouraging intruders to engage so they could be fingerprinted and tracked.
  • Assisted both domestic and international law enforcement agencies on cybercrime cases, leading to the discontinuation of malicious activity against 10,000+ of victims.

Senior Engineering Manager

Wayfair

February 2014 February 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.
  • Utilized Kafka, Storm, and HBase to apply user defined rules to billions of events per day enabling marketing teams to create real-time personalized experiences for customers.

Tools I Enjoy

  • Java
    Spring, Hibernate, Dropwizard, Storm, Spark
  • PHP
    Laravel, Symfony
  • SQL
    MySQL, T-SQL, PostgreSQL, CockroachDB
  • Cobol
    COBOL-85
  • Pascal
    Delphi
  • Python
    Django, AsyncIO, Twisted, Pandas, Flask, Keras, Tornado, Celery, Heron
  • Infrastructure
    Linux, Terraform, Pulumi, Kubernetes, Docker, Helm, Puppet, Chef, AWS, Cloudformation
  • Javascript
    Typescript, ES.Next, nodeJS, Webpack, Koa, Express, Tensorflow.js, React, Expo, React Native
  • NoSQL
    HBase, MongoDB, DynamoDB, Redis, DynamoDB, Cassandra
  • CSS
    CSS3, SASS, LESS
  • Perl
    Mojolicious, CGI
  • C++
    Boost
  • C
    C11, C99, CMake
Experience points truncated for optimal viewing. Points prior to February 2014 available upon request.