Adam Flaxman, Software Developer in Denver, United States
Adam Flaxman

Software Developer in Denver, United States

Member since August 25, 2022
Adam is an out-of-the-box thinker, driven, and strategist. In his career, he has founded and led two technical divisions, with his last role being director of product and engineering for a SoCal-based startup. He is experienced in the full range of responsibilities within the product development lifecycle at both a management and invocation level, system architecture, DevOps, IaC and tooling, full-stack, leadership, UI/UX design, planning, time estimations, and team engineering management.
Adam is now available for hire


  • Artkive
    AWS, Amazon EKS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Terraform, Terragrunt...
  • MediaZilla
    Team Leadership, AWS, AWS RDS, AWS Elemental MediaConvert, AWS CloudFormation...
  • Artkive
    AWS, Ruby on Rails (RoR), MySQL, AWS RDS, Authorize.Net, jQuery UI, jQuery...



Denver, United States



Preferred Environment

MacOS, Linux, GitLab, GitHub, Slack, Notion, ClickUp, Asana,

The most amazing...

...thing I am proud of is the re-architecture, management, and implementation of the last company's entire technology suite and the team I created there.


  • Director of Product and Engineering

    2019 - 2022
    • Hired and managed a team of 20 engineers, designers, QA testers, and managers that were remote teams all over the globe up to 10 hours apart.
    • Managed the redesign of all customer-facing user interfaces.
    • Architected and implemented trunk-based Git management with feature-based deployments.
    • Rebuilt an entire AWS ecosystem using a multi-account strategy, adding test-driven development (TDD) and behavior-driven development (BDD) throughout.
    • Created internal CLI to manage cloud resources for developer access using Yargs.
    • Built a new Next.js account service and architected a new Ruby on Rails V2 API.
    • Reduced time to process an order in a factory by conceiving, designing, and overseeing the implementation of factory worker automation and streamlining image processing to be 20 times faster.
    • Designed and implemented complex ad tracking integrations and established best practice marketing systems for analytics and retargeting leveraging and post-Apple's ITP2 update.
    • Trained multiple product and QA team members facilitating their success, and elegantly transitioned out of the director role by elevating key team members to take over my responsibilities.
    • Had complete ownership of budgeting and fund allocation to accomplish projects.
    Technologies: AWS, Amazon EKS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Terraform, Terragrunt, Atlantis, Technical Recruiting, Project Planning, GitLab CI/CD, AWS CloudFormation, AWS RDS, MySQL, Amazon DynamoDB, Product Roadmaps, Engineering Management, IT Product Management, Node.js, Next.js, React, Ruby on Rails (RoR), React on Rails, Figma, Bash, Linux, Docker, Helm, Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Selenium, Mocha, Chai, Jest, TypeScript, Asana, ClickUp, Notion, Slack, Sentry, Authorize.Net, SaaS, Continuous Integration (CI), AWS DevOps, Full-stack Development, ESNext, Delayed Job, Agile Software Development, User Experience (UX), GitLab, GitHub, Leadership, Team Leadership, RSpec, UX, Product Design, SCSS, CSS, HTML, Pulumi, QA Leadership, Bash Script, Webpack, Ruby, ES8, JavaScript 6, Prisma, MacOS, SQL, JavaScript, Storybook, API Integration, CTO
  • Lead Engineer and UX Designer

    2017 - 2019
    • Assisted in core product re-innovation while redesigning and repackaging customer and admin UI.
    • Advised founders on the best product and resource strategy.
    • Hired and managed a team of six engineers, including ticket delegation.
    • Designed and coordinated implementation of AWS ecosystem using a multi-account strategy.
    • Architected and implemented dynamic SAAS integrations with both Braintree and Stripe.
    • Managed challenging database migration from an unconventional MySQL JSON-based approach to a relational structure.
    • Implemented AWS Elemental Cloud video processing with queued and optimized threaded multi-part upload to S3 leveraging nested permissions policy via AWS Cognito.
    • Transitioned existing mp4 video streaming to Dash encoded chunked video streaming.
    • Managed all technical staff, budgeting, and timelines.
    Technologies: Team Leadership, AWS, AWS RDS, AWS Elemental MediaConvert, AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodePipeline, Linux, Docker, Bash, GitHub, PostgreSQL, Redis, ESNext, Node.js, Next.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Sideqik, Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Puppeteer, RSpec, Mocha, Chai, Adobe Experience Design (XD), UX, Product Design, Scrum Master, Slack, Asana, Stripe, BrainTree, Confluence, SaaS, Continuous Integration (CI), AWS DevOps, Full-stack Development, Agile Software Development, User Experience (UX), Leadership, Project Planning, Amazon DynamoDB, Product Roadmaps, Engineering Management, IT Product Management, React, SCSS, CSS, HTML, Sentry, QA Leadership, Bash Script, Webpack, Ruby, ES8, JavaScript 6, MacOS, SQL, JavaScript, API Integration, Stripe API, Stripe Checkout
  • Lead Engineer and UX Designer

    2015 - 2017
    • Collaborated on product vision for web platform reshaping core business.
    • Designed and implemented the first customer-facing web eCommerce application.
    • Created and implemented an account application, including a multi-step checkout with a dynamic book preview section.
    • Maintained and modified dynamic PDF generation for print.
    • Built and implemented SAAS integration with
    • Maintained and added features to the legacy Ruby on Rails service and MySQL database.
    • Generated new API endpoints with corresponding data persistence.
    • Managed tasks for agency DevOps and full-stack engineers.
    • Created Dropbox and integrations for end user use cases.
    • Worked with ownership to establish timelines and cost analysis before project launch.
    Technologies: AWS, Ruby on Rails (RoR), MySQL, AWS RDS, Authorize.Net, jQuery UI, jQuery, ES5, SCSS, CSS, HTML, Bitbucket, Jira, Slack, Full-stack Development, Delayed Job, Agile Software Development, User Experience (UX), GitHub, Project Planning, Node.js, Bash, UX, Product Design, SaaS, Ruby, MacOS, SQL, JavaScript, API Integration
  • IT Consultant

    2013 - 2015
    Freelance Clients
    • Worked with multiple clients designing and building portfolios and eCommerce sites.
    • Guided and generated content and copy for public-facing pages.
    • Managed marketing campaigns advising best platform and spend.
    • Created marketing design and content, including photos and video.
    • Generated numerous print designs for multiple use cases.
    Technologies: ES5, jQuery UI, jQuery, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, API Integration


  • Feature Based Test Deployment Pattern

    I optimized the development workflow at Artkive so that multiple, stable daily releases were a common occurrence.

    Leveraged hosted GitLab runners and templating, EKS and Helm, and established a fluid QA test pattern.

  • Factory Automations

    To expedite physical order processing, I collaborated with senior staff in the Los Angeles-based factory I conceived, led, and implemented key components of a more optimal processing system. This involved interfacing with stakeholders, factory worker team restructuring and mentorship, photoshop scripting, printer and scanner RnD, project planning and management, software architecture, and implementation.

    A key element that led to our collective success was my understanding of the larger picture while conversely addressing individual components in a logical sequence. This unlocked the most critical elements while affording validation and iteration without stopping the day-to-day work that had to facilitate ongoing order fulfillment.

    The outcome of this effort was a 60% reduction of processing time per order, significantly decreasing the fulfillment cost making for a more profitable business.


  • Languages

    ES5, JavaScript 6, JavaScript, Bash, TypeScript, SCSS, CSS, HTML, Bash Script, Ruby, SQL
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, ESNext, Node.js, Chai, Authorize.Net, Stripe, Delayed Job, Stripe API, Terragrunt, Puppeteer, jQuery UI, jQuery
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Continuous Integration (CI), Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Management, Agile Project Management
  • Other

    AWS, Leadership, Project Planning, Product Roadmaps, Engineering Management, IT Product Management, Team Leadership, Scrum Master, Full-stack Development, AWS DevOps, API Integration, ClickUp, User Experience (UX), Technical Recruiting, AWS RDS, React on Rails, AWS CodePipeline, UX, Product Design, Pulumi, SaaS, BrainTree, QA Leadership, Storybook, CTO,, Motion Graphics, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Atlantis, AWS Elemental MediaConvert, Strategy, Photoshop Scripting
  • Frameworks

    Next.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Jest, Selenium
  • Tools

    GitLab, GitHub, Slack, Notion, Asana, Terraform, GitLab CI/CD, Figma, RSpec, Mocha, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Sentry, Webpack, Prisma, Stripe Checkout, Amazon EKS, AWS CloudFormation, Helm, Bitbucket, Jira, Confluence, Babel, Photoshop CC, Canvas
  • Platforms

    MacOS, Linux, Docker, Sideqik, AWS Lambda
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon DynamoDB, Redis, MongoDB


  • Computer Programming Certification
    General Assembly Full Stack Intensive (2015)
  • Digital Media
    Otis College of Art and Design
  • UI/UX General Studies
    Santa Monica Community College

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