Daniel Nakhla, Software Developer in Philadelphia, PA, United States
Daniel Nakhla

Software Developer in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Member since July 17, 2014
Daniel is a full-stack JavaScript web developer with over a decade of professional experience. He holds a BS in computer science with a minor in business, which provides him with the context necessary to understand the nexus between business and technology needs.
Daniel is now available for hire




Philadelphia, PA, United States



Preferred Environment

JavaScript, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, React, Svelte

The most amazing...

...and noteworthy project I've developed is the website for Jerry Seinfeld's creative endeavor, Comedians in cars getting coffee.


  • Consultant

    2018 - 2018
    The Action Network
    • Extended the back-end API on Hapi.js.
    • Created a dynamic image processor for use in targeted ads built on AWS Lambda.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, Hapi.js, React
  • Lead Developer

    2017 - 2018
    Mindful Education
    • Led the development of website projects for Mindful Education.
    • Updated VLE using React and Express.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Vue, React, Node.js
  • Principal Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    • Built an education and testing platform in the financial sector.
    Technologies: PostgreSQL, Redux, React
  • Senior Front-end Developer

    2014 - 2017
    Hearst Corporation
    • Worked on the international technology team, leading a team of five offshore developers in the migration, implementation, and development of a universal technology stack.
    • Launched products in six countries that have helped expand our brand reach (Cosmopolitan, Sugarscape, and Elle) and increase advertising options.
    • Handled architecture, training, hiring, code reviews, sprint planning, and PHP/JavaScript development.
    • Developed a non-blocking distributed system data migration tool in Node.js and AWS.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), eZ Publish, WordPress, Grunt, Sass, JavaScript, PHP
  • Senior Developer

    2013 - 2014
    Ammirati Creative Agency (acquired by IBM)
    • Developed Jerry Seinfeld’s responsive comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com in collaboration with Sony’s Crackle.
    • Developed prolofinder.com on AngularJS with a Laravel RESTful API back end and OAuth2.0 as a standalone SaaS application.
    • Completed a delivery.com/Yelp integration system, which allowed users to place orders directly on Yelp through delivery.com on mobile and desktop. The system was built using CakePHP, Backbone.js, Underscore, and Handlebars.
    • Completed various projects for clients like Sweet’N Low and Forex in WordPress and PHP.
    Technologies: REST APIs, RESTful Development, AngularJS, Underscore.js, Laravel, CakePHP
  • Front-end Lead

    2012 - 2013
    Thrillist Media Group (Thrillist/JackThreads)
    • Coded a new content delivery site for Thrillist.com running on CakePHP and using SOLR as its data source for high speed reads, while still allowing admin users to use Drupal as the back office CMS for content creation and management.
    Technologies: CakePHP, JavaScript, Solr, Git
  • Consultant, Developer

    2010 - 2012
    NorthPoint Solutions (acquired by Ernst & Young)
    • Developed on-site at Hearst, Inc. for the Car & Driver and Elle brands.
    • Succeeded in more than tripling the site speed for ~80% of visits and increasing the Google PageSpeed by ~20 points.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, CruiseControl, Memcached, APC, Akamai, jQuery, JavaScript, Solr, MySQL, WordPress, PHP, Zend Framework, Scrum
  • Founder, Developer

    2009 - 2012
    • Founded and developed closetbank.com on top of a LAMP stack.
    • Used Ajax and jQuery UI elements to create a virtual closet application with special consideration towards interaction design using Google Web Optimizers and Analytics.
    • Worked alone on all aspects of design, development, marketing, and maintenance of the website.
    • Featured in the New York Times and the Art Institute as well as on various blogs.
    • Attracted thousands of daily users before being eventually decommissioned.
    Technologies: LAMP, Ajax, PEAR, ImageMagick, MySQL, jQuery UI, JavaScript, PHP
  • Web Producer

    2007 - 2010
    The Council on Foreign Relations
    • Handled Cfr.org and Foreignaffairs.com as well as associated production tasks and projects.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, CSS
  • Analyst

    2007 - 2007
    • Contributed to a rotational in-house consulting and analyst program.
    • Worked primarily on web design, Java development, and test support for UAT/JST environments on a central database project.
    Technologies: MySQL, Java


  • Prolofinder

    Prolofinder.com, developed on AngularJS and a Laravel RESTful API back-end with OAuth2.0 as a standalone SaaS.

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

    Worked with the Crackle.com team to build Jerry Seinfeld's personal web series website.

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld's personal website.

  • Bcorporation.net

    One of my clients at Ammirati

  • Car & Driver

    My team and I developed a Zend-based C&D site and hosted it in the cloud using Amazon’s EC2 service with autoscaling and load balancing. The project utilized Zend, WordPress, MySQL, various APIs, jQuery, Solr, Memcached, APC, Akamai, CruiseControl, and SVN/Git. We more than tripled the site speed for ~80% of visits and increased the Google PageSpeed by ~20 points.

  • Elle Magazine

    Another example of one of the Hearst products I've worked on.

  • Cosmopolitan UK

    Example of one of the Hearst products I've worked on.

  • Thrillist

    Led the development and architecture of a front-end layer for Thrillist.com. The project involved a migration from Drupal to CakePHP, with an API on Solr. Through the change in architecture, we made the site scaleable, decreased the site load time by orders of magnitude, redesigned and updated the UI/UX, established better separation of concerns, and modularized the site for faster development. I also worked on the sister site Jackthreads.com in a similar capacity.

  • New Worlder

    A food blog and website built on Angular

  • Bitcoin Run Super Bowl Pool

    Created an online "superbowl boxes" game that used bitcoin for payment and was built on Vue.js.

  • GrowTogether.app

    I build a community events PWA using Gatsby/React and Firebase for a co-living brand based out of France.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, PHP, Java, Sass, HTML5, CSS
  • Frameworks

    Express.js, CodeIgniter, Laravel, CakePHP, Next.js, PEAR, Zend Framework, AngularJS, Hapi.js, Svelte, React Native, Redux, Foundation CSS
  • Libraries/APIs

    Amazon EC2 API, Node.js, jQuery, ImageMagick, React, jQuery UI, Underscore.js, REST APIs, Vue, React Redux, Socket.IO
  • Tools

    Git, AWS SDK, Solr, Grunt, VS Code, Vim Text Editor, GitHub, Jira, Trello, Slack, Webpack 2, NPM, Atom, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Apache Solr, Sublime Text
  • Platforms

    AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2, LAMP, WordPress, MacOS, Messenger Bots, Linux, Visual Studio Code
  • Storage

    Amazon S3 (AWS S3), JSON, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB, Memcached
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, RESTful Development, MEAN Stack, Kanban, Scrum
  • Other

    Application State Management, Data Structures, Ajax, Akamai, APC, CruiseControl, eZ Publish, GitFlow, Slackbot


  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Computer Science
    2003 - 2007
    Siena College - New York

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