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

Encryption 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


  • 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...


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


Austin, TX, United States



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.


  • VP of Engineering

    2017 - PRESENT
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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


  • (Development)

    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.


  • 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

    Software Development, Encryption, APNs, IPsec


  • 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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