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Ben Mishkin, Software Developer in Austin, TX, United States
Ben Mishkin

Software Developer in Austin, TX, United States

Member since March 13, 2014
An experienced RoR engineer, DevOps/cloud architect, and AWS guru, Ben has 15 years of experience building and scaling cloud-based web apps. He's earned three AWS certifications (SysOps, Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer-Professional) and is well-versed in managing multi-tenant SaaS applications in the cloud. Ben has a background in fundamental computer science, machine learning, and finance; also has HIPAA, PCI, SOC2 compliance experience.
Ben is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Dropcountr
    Ruby, Sinatra, Backbone.js, Sidekiq, React Native, AWS
  • MFT
    Ruby, Rails, AWS, HTML5
  • Scout RFP
    Rails, Ruby, PostgreSQL, AWS, Elasticsearch, Redis, Sidekiq, React.js...

Experience

  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 10 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 10 years
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), 10 years
  • Agile Software Development, 10 years
  • Ruby on Rails Optimization, 10 years
  • REST APIs, 8 years
  • Chef, 6 years
  • Encryption, 4 years
Austin, TX, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

OS X, Git, TextMate, RSpec

The most amazing...

...thing I've done was to lead the design and execution of the rebuild and migration of a PHP-based social networking web app to Ruby on Rails; I led a team of 6.

Employment

  • VP of Engineering

    2017 - PRESENT
    Dropcountr
    • Worked with CEO to build scalability strategy and revamp client onboarding roadmap.
    • Converted data ingestion ETL to queue-based Sidekiq architecture.
    • Added test suite and continuous integration.
    • Rebuilt native mobile apps in React Native.
    • Recruited and hired lead front- and back-end developers.
    Technologies: Ruby, Sinatra, Backbone.js, Sidekiq, React Native, AWS
  • Principal Consultant

    2007 - PRESENT
    MFT
    • Built an in-house custom accounting and ERP platform.
    • Developed a streaming video application and marketplace.
    • Improved and managed an employee perks delivery application.
    • Refactored a social networking application.
    • Supported a nonprofit home equity insurance program.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rails, AWS, HTML5
  • Technology Operations

    2016 - 2017
    Scout RFP
    • Managed the AWS infrastructure, DevOps, security, and compliance for a 13-person US and Latvia team.
    • Partnered with the VP of engineering to refactor agile work, CI, and planning tools.
    • Migrated the legacy architecture to AWS RDS, Elastic Beanstalk, ElastiCache, Elasticsearch, and CloudFront.
    • Envisioned, communicated, and executed strategic security and scalability plans.
    Technologies: Rails, Ruby, PostgreSQL, AWS, Elasticsearch, Redis, Sidekiq, React.js, AngularJS, Auth0
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2014 - 2016
    Diagnotes
    • Extended the API to support client-driven events.
    • Integrated with clients' electronic medical records systems.
    • Deployed and managed the VPN connectivity to our clients' systems.
    • Managed the development pipeline and overall product strategy.
    • Delivered HIPAA-compliant secure messaging, medical records, and on-call scheduling.
    • Recruited and hired developers, systems administrators, and mobile team.
    • Extended an application to multiple new revenue opportunities (mobile apps).
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Resque, Mirth, AWS, OpsWorks, iOS, Android, PostgreSQL, pgcrypto
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2011 - 2014
    TheRegistrationSystem.com
    • Architected and built live e-ticket sales application (Rails 3) in four weeks.
    • Built a bidirectional API to support a multi-platform mobile application.
    • Upgraded and extended the architecture to support high peak volume event sales.
    • Recruited and managed the overseas development team.
    Technologies: Rails, Ruby, jQuery, MySQL, Redis, Resque, AWS
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2011 - 2014
    WhatNext.com
    • Extended and maintained a healthcare-focused social networking application.
    • Optimized Sphinx searching, the Redis cache functionality, and a new feature pipeline.
    • Managed a remote team for incremental improvements.
    Technologies: Rails, Ruby, Sphinx, jQuery, MySQL, Redis
  • Chief Technology Officer | Co-founder

    2004 - 2009
    Sagebit LLC
    • Designed the business plan and raised capital for a tech consultancy.
    • Hired and trained a team of six developers.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rails, Java, AWS, PostgreSQL, MySQL

Experience

  • ASmallWorld.net (Development)
    https://www.asmallworld.com/

    Designed and executed the rebuild and migration of a PHP-based social networking web application to Ruby on Rails. Led a team of 6 developers in re-architecting the data model.

Skills

  • Languages

    Ruby, Haml, JavaScript, HTML5, XML
  • Frameworks

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

    REST APIs, jQuery, Auth0 API, Resque
  • Tools

    AWS OpsWorks, Chef, Cucumber, Cluster, AWS ElastiCache, RSpec, AWS SES
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, HIPAA Compliance, Test-driven Development (TDD), Scrum
  • Platforms

    AWS EC2, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    AWS RDS, AWS S3, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, Sphinx Search Engine, Redis
  • Other

    Ruby on Rails Optimization, Encryption, APNS Integration, IPsec

Education

  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer (Professional) in DevOps Engineering
    2017 - 2017
    Amazon Web Services - USA
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect in Solution Architecture
    2016 - 2016
    Amazon Web Services - N/A
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator in SysOps Administration
    2015 - 2015
    Amazon Web Services - N/A
  • Master of Science degree in Computer Science
    2003 - 2005
    Brown University - Providence, RI, USA
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
    1996 - 2000
    Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH, USA
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