David Smith, Full-stack Web Developer in New York, NY, United States
David Smith

Full-stack Web Developer in New York, NY, United States

Member since August 31, 2020
At first, David loved math. That turned into building cool stuff with software, mainly websites. Among the cool things David has created are the entire operational website for a successful laboratory, the whole operational website for a distributed hotel startup, the online radio player for the largest NPR radio station, content management systems for a bunch of magazines and TV shows such as Rachael Ray, Car and Driver, and Elle, and other personal projects including TrackTime.TECH.
David is now available for hire




New York, NY, United States



Preferred Environment

Vim Text Editor, Sublime Text, Linux

The most amazing...

...widget I've ever built was the first online radio player for WNYC, the largest NPR radio station. Our users listened to it for about 100,000 hours a week.


  • Director of Technology

    2018 - 2020
    Stayd, Inc. (A Distributed Hotel Startup)
    • Built a type of software that allowed a team of three to oversee hundreds of rooms, thousands of reservations, and dozens of employees.
    • Developed a secure online ID verification system that virtually eliminated fraud.
    • Constructed an online cleaning management system used by the cleaners and their managers that eliminated cleaning errors by providing photographic oversight and eliminating schedule confusion.
    • Created an online maintenance system that integrated with the cleaning system to ensure all maintenance issues were reported and fixed.
    • Built a guest messaging system that fully automated communication with guests in most cases, but also facilitated further communication for the guests that required a lot of communication.
    • Maintained stability with E2E tests, unit tests, a Python linter, global error reporting, and continuous integration.
    • Integrated with Front, Guesty, Mailchimp, Aircall, NetSuite, Xero, Bento, Strip, PayPal, and Typeform.
    Technologies: CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PostgreSQL, Django, Heroku
  • Software Developer

    2013 - 2017
    • Maintained a charity app that once raised $7 million for Ebola relief in a weekend.
    • Performed maintenance on production services that, e.g., that Google Maps and YouTube depend on.
    • Built an internal data monitoring tool that spanned the globe.
    Technologies: Google App Engine, Java
  • Software Developer

    2009 - 2013
    WNYC (The Largest NPR Radio Station)
    • Built their first online radio player which our users listened to for about 100,000 hours per week.
    • Translated designs into working websites for Radiolab.org, Wnyc.org, Wqxr.org, and Thegreenespace.org.
    • Streamlined content entries for show producers, which was a real pain point.
    Technologies: CSS, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, Django
  • Software Developer

    2006 - 2009
    • Maintained performance on RachaelRay.com through a promotion that netted over 900,000 users.
    • Increased software health substantially for CarAndDriver.com by importing all code into source control and developing an automated deployment system.
    • Helped build the text campaign management system that Obama used in his 2008 presidential campaign.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), Grails, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, Django
  • Software Developer

    2003 - 2006
    Acumium, LLC
    • Built the entire operational website that allowed a lab to process 800 samples per day.
    • Developed a client extranet that fully automated and safely digitized test result delivery.
    • Created the sample processing workflow from accessioning to results entry.
    Technologies: JavaScript, CSS, VB.NET, C#, ASP.NET


  • TrackTime.TECH

    I developed an app for punching the clock on projects, to-do lists, and invoices. I use it for my day-to-day productivity. The robotic demo video you can see on the homepage is the first I made with my new E2E test and demo creation library. The demo is the E2E test.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, Python, CSS, Java, PHP, C#, VB.NET
  • Frameworks

    Django, Grails, Ruby on Rails (RoR), ASP.NET
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, Backbone.js
  • Platforms

    Heroku, Linux, Google App Engine
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • Tools

    Sublime Text, Vim Text Editor


  • Master's Degree in Computer Science
    2007 - 2008
    Columbia University - New York, NY, United States
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Math, Computer Science
    1999 - 2003
    University of Wisconsin, Madison - Madison, WI, United States

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