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Alex Loddengaard, Software Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
Alex Loddengaard

Software Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States

Member since November 4, 2015
Alex started his career at Google and then as employee #3 at Cloudera. His most position was as a solutions architect at Confluent, working on Apache Kafka. He’s architected and built apps mostly on the back-end—web stacks, data analytics, data pipelines, data engineering, microservices, and streaming ETL. He’s also done some simple front-end development, full-stack development, and Android apps. He's willing to work onsite in the Bay Area.
Alex is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), 8 years
  • Apache Kafka, 3 years
  • Kafka Streams, 2 years
San Francisco, CA, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Linux, mac, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've built was an active-active multi-data center, 5 gigabytes per second, sub-200 milliseconds data pipeline.

Employment

  • Solutions Architect

    2015 - PRESENT
    Confluent
    • Supported Confluent's customers to make them successful with Apache Kafka (operations, deployment, architecture, design, and development).
    • Built an active-active, multi-data center, 5 Gbps, sub-200 ms data pipeline.
    • Worked with close to 100 companies ranging from high-tech startups to large enterprises.
    • Developed data pipelines, microservices, streaming ETL, and streaming analytics.
    Technologies: Kafka
  • Founder and CEO

    2013 - 2015
    Deep Signal
    • Acted as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Innovation Endeavors where I founded and developed the Deep Signal opportunity. Deep Signal was a VC-backed preventative maintenance startup in the oil and gas pipeline space.
    • Discovered and developed the business opportunity and product roadmap.
    • Led the product and engineering team to deliver the initial product.
    Technologies: None
  • Founder and CEO

    2012 - 2013
    MemCachier
    • Worked on MemCachier, a Heroku add-on that offers Memcached as a service.
    • Built the entire infrastructure excluding the cache itself.
    • Implemented Ruby on Rails and Stripe for payments.
    • Developed and monitored APIs and dashboards.
    • Product managed the cache which was a custom implementation of the Memcached protocol, written in Go, and designed for multi-tenancy.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Couchbase, AWS
  • Solutions Architect

    2008 - 2010
    Cloudera
    • Worked as a product engineer—building tooling and infrastructure in the early days of Apache Hadoop.
    • Helped make Cloudera's customers successful with Hadoop (operations, development, training, architecture, and design).
    • Was hired as the third employee; joining before "big data" was a term.
    Technologies: Hadoop

Experience

  • Apache Kafka Client Examples (Development)
    https://github.com/alexlod/apache-kafka-client-examples

    When I'm working with Confluent customers, often I walk them through Apache Kafka client examples. This repository contains some example Java clients.

  • Active-active Multi-data Center, 5 Gigabytes per Second, Sub-200 Millisecond Latency Data Pipeline (Development)

    I architected, implemented, deployed, and operated an active-active multi-data center, 5 gigabytes per second, sub-200 millisecond latency data pipeline for a large technology company. The proof-of-concept was a success.

Skills

  • Languages

    Java, Ruby, Python
  • Tools

    Kafka Streams, Git, GitHub
  • Platforms

    Apache Kafka, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Heroku
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Bootstrap
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery
  • Paradigms

    Agile
  • Storage

    Google Cloud, PostgreSQL

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering
    2004 - 2008
    University of Washington - Seattle, WA, USA
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