Brandon Hsiao, Software Developer in Irvine, CA, United States
Brandon Hsiao

Software Developer in Irvine, CA, United States

Member since February 10, 2017
Brandon is a full-stack software engineer with experience in almost every mainstream technology. He specializes in using his broad-ranging skills to turn ideas into finished, deliverable products that customers love.
Brandon is now available for hire




Irvine, CA, United States



Preferred Environment

MacOS, VSCode, Git

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is an IDE for Golang. It was written in C++ and OpenGL, featured lots of custom algorithms to achieve speed, and ran at 144 FPS.


  • Senior Software Engineer

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Developed a Chrome extension that allows recruiters to source candidates using a single click.
    • Developed a dashboard for recruiters to view the candidates they sourced using Node.js, React, and GraphQL.
    • Built and maintained integrations to source data on various websites, including LinkedIn, AngelList, and Github.
    Technologies: Node.js, React
  • Founder

    2019 - 2019
    • Developed Raven, an extremely optimized IDE for Go, written in C++ and OpenGL.
    • Developed a subscription web app and software licensing system for users to pay for Raven on a monthly basis.
    • Conducted market research to determine the viability of IDE. Talked to hundreds of users and conducted several surveys.
    Technologies: C++, OpenGL
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    • Improved user interface of React Native app for home buyers.
    • Monitored and optimized key signup metrics, improving conversion by ~50%.
    • Worked on user experience for home sellers. Built dashboard using Rails and React showing sellers realtime status of sale - pending documents, escrow status, etc.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, React, Angular
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    • Built tool displaying top-down view of a company's deployment architecture, giving non-technical managers and executives visibility into the inner workings of their previously opaque software "assembly line.”.
    • Responded to realtime crises on call, tactfully reassuring irate customers.
    • Built analytics dashboard showing system vitals: time of each event, correlating crashes with deployments, etc.
    Technologies: Spinnaker, Docker, Kubernetes, Go, Java
  • Software Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    • Built dashboard to manage a fleet of vehicles, allowing customer support to handle technical issues (e.g. a vehicle is stuck) while on phone with customers without engineering assistance.
    • Led teamwide shift toward universal test coverage. Rewrote tests to test meaningful, relevant edge cases – previously our tests would “pass” but we would not gain any security that our app actually behaved as desired.
    • Developed a mock server for us to run unit tests on our code which talked to unreliable third-party servers.
    Technologies: Python, Django, React, Angular


  • Raven (Development)

    Raven is a highly optimized IDE for Golang, written in C++ and OpenGL. It features several custom algorithms and memory management techniques that make it run extremely fast. It contains all of the tools needed to develop Golang software, bundled into a batteries-included application.

  • HeadlessBeggar (Development)

    I reverse-engineered the network protocol of a video game and wrote a clientless bot that directly connected to the game servers and played the game for me. This was a large improvement over competing software, which had to run a copy of the game client itself, which had large memory and CPU requirements. My clientless bot takes up a fraction of the existing memory, and thus allows the user to run hundreds of instances simultaneously.


  • Languages

    Python, JavaScript, Go, TypeScript, Ruby
  • Frameworks

    Django, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Flask
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js, TensorFlow
  • Other

    Software Developer, AWS
  • Tools

    Vim Text Editor, JetBrains
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
    2013 - 2017
    UC San Diego - San Diego, CA

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