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Chris Wood

Chris Wood

United Kingdom
Member since January 5, 2013
Chris is a skilled architect and developer with over five years of commercial experience working for startups and small software-based businesses at all levels, ranging from individual software engineer to CTO. He's designed systems, led teams, and managed infrastructure to meet business goals.
Chris is now available for hire
  • Python, 10 years
  • Java, 6 years
  • JavaScript, 6 years
  • PHP, 3 years
  • Django, 2 years
  • Less, 1 year
  • Chef, 1 year
  • AppEngine, 1 year
United Kingdom
Preferred Environment
Linux, Windows, Vim, Eclipse, Git, SVN
The most amazing...
...system I have designed and implemented was a global call generation platform to generate and analyze hundreds of thousands of telephone calls per year.
  • Developer
    2013 - PRESENT
    CrisisCleanup (via Toptal)
    • Wide-ranging front and backend improvements to the open source codebase, including ai complete redesign of the admin interface.
    • Added support for management of multiple disasters (hurricanes, floods, wild fires) within a single application instance.
    • Added functionality for importing existing data (by flexible CSV).
    • Added CMS features for use by non-technical administrators.
    • Implemented an auto-completing search feature functioning in parallel with data entry to reduce duplicates.
    • Migrated entire project to GitHub.
    Technologies: Python, JavaScript, Google Closure
  • Django & Back-end Developer
    2013 - 2014
    • Delivered backend and front end features for the verison 3.0 relaunch of (and, earlier, version 2.0).
    • Improved handling, messaging, and automation of the system monitoring freelancer availability.
    • Improved search facility, including by freelancer email address.
    • Implemented functionality for one-click importing of references from LinkedIn and email.
    • Rebuilt the freelancer search results view (using responsive HTML) to feature a new user scoring / static ranking metric.
    • Streamlined static asset compilation and introduced public CDNs to boost page loading times.
    • Introduced a graph-based social network layer to support teams of freelancers.
    Technologies: Python, Django, JavaScript
  • CTO
    2008 - 2011
    • Architected and delivered two major iterations of automatic telephone call generation platform, which generated hundreds of thousands of telephone calls per year from across the globe to detect international bypass/refile.
    • Developed web-based Business Intelligence add-on for enhanced client reporting.
    • Opened and headed London office. Hired and managed team of three software developers (plus interns).
    • Liaised with clients, GSMA members, and third-party companies for R&D and product white-labelling.
    • Wrote initial marketing materials and co-ran trade show presences.
    Technologies: Python, Java, ASP.NET, SIP, RTP, GSM, Linux, PHP, MySQL
  • Software Developer
    2007 - 2008 / Extate / Byteplay
    • Redeveloped and operated all web crawlers (Python, MySQL) to cover ~500k properties in the UK.
    • Held sole responsibility over crawling USA properties at time of launch, covering ~1.5m properties.
    • Designed and deployed competitor analysis.
    Technologies: Python, MySQL
  • Founder
    2006 - 2007
    • Founded experimental venture to create an environment for hosting funded, self-supported open-source and “mixed-source” software.
    • Undertook broad literature review across software, economics, and IPR.
    • Prototyped code tracking system (developed in Python) and incentive model.
    • Wrote and pitched business and marketing plans.
    Technologies: Python, MySQL
  • Cambridge Auction (Other amazing things)

    Organized a charity auction in Cambridge. Oversaw website development, print media and remote bidding. Stage-managed the evening, leading a team of twelve. The event raised over £20,000 and was continued in later years.

  • Personalised news service (in development; 2012-2013) (Development)

    Developing personalized, noise-limited consumer news service (currently in progress). Technologies used include Python and MongoDB for the back-end and Flask, AngularJS, and responsive Bootstrap for the front-end (with Django for prototyping).

  • Speech summarisation with syntactic sentence detection (2005) (Development)

    Academic project to assist text summarisation by detecting sentences probabilistic analysis of syntax, using the RASP parser.

    The resulting software was able to put sentence markers back in to Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll: "Twas bryllyg and ye slythy toves did gyre and gymble in ye wabe *STOP* All mimsy were ye borogoves and ye mome raths outgrabe"

  • Languages
    SQL, Python, CSS, Less, Bash, JavaScript, Java, PHP, HTML
  • Frameworks
    Django, Flask, webapp2, AngularJS, Selenium
  • Tools
    Git, RabbitMQ, Chef, Nginx, Apache, Subversion (SVN)
  • Platforms
    Linux, AppEngine, Windows, QlikView, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage
    MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, SQLite
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Google Maps
  • Master's degree in Computer Speech, Text, and Internet Technology
    2004 - 2005
    Cambridge University - Cambridge, UK
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2001 - 2004
    Cambridge University - Cambridge, UK
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