Erik Bielefeldt, Developer in Walnut Creek, CA, United States
Erik is available for hire
Hire Erik

Erik Bielefeldt

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

Walnut Creek, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
December 13, 2016

Erik is a software developer with fifteen years of back-end experience and a proven track record of architecting, planning, and executing large projects. In addition to being an individual contributor, he has excellent leadership and management skills, and is committed to delivering on time and to spec.


PIX System
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Chef, Java, C++, Doctrine, Zend Framework, LAMP
JpGraph, Smarty, LAMP




Preferred Environment

MacOS, CentOS, Eclipse, PhpStorm, Jenkins, Jira, Git

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is the migration of an entire production back-end from a colo to AWS.

Work Experience

Director of Platform Engineering, Platform Architect, and Software Developer

2004 - PRESENT
PIX System
  • Managed the Platform Team, which consists of more than a dozen back-end software developers, Ops engineers, and QA resources.
  • Planned and managed a complete migration out of colo to AWS Cloud. This was the largest project in company history and spanned more than a year.
  • Built a complete collaboration and media distribution platform that services the film and TV industry.
  • Architected a scalable, secure, multi­‐tenant, PHP-based server app from scratch, including the core DB schema and PHP framework.
  • Implemented back-end support for a network of hundreds of secure file mirrors and TV set-­top boxes delivering high-­definition video.
  • Architected and implemented an automated video processing system that transcodes and watermarks 10,000 client videos daily.
  • Co-­authored a patented digital rights management solution for securing video content.
  • Architected and implemented a custom integration with Adobe Media Server and Adobe Access DRM, including on-­the-­fly packaging and encryption of video content at request time.
  • Designed and implemented a portal for third-party developers, including a REST API with both XML and JSON interfaces, app registration and tracking, and documentation for developers.
  • Integrated upload APIs with Aspera UDP-based fast transfer technology.
  • Migrated the complete dev environment to Vagrant.
  • Authored core Chef recipes for building the stack in AWS and Vagrant.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Chef, Java, C++, Doctrine, Zend Framework, LAMP

Software Developer

2003 - 2004
  • Built a highly scalable hosting framework and reporting solution for the music industry.
  • Worked with designers and Flash programmers to deploy hundreds of flash mini “players” for album releases.
  • Built reporting solutions to track millions of hits across hundreds of sites for music industry executives, including custom charting and geospatial heat maps.
  • Co-authored patent pending viral music CD distribution software.
  • Built artist and fan club websites for Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Sting, and others.
Technologies: JpGraph, Smarty, LAMP

PIX System

PIX System delivers collaboration functionality and secure file storage and distribution to the film and television industries. Used widely throughout Hollywood to deliver thousands of feature films and popular series, PIX System is an industry leader trusted with the security of billions of dollars of assets.

Honey B Fly

Honey B Fly is Mariah Carrey's official fan club. This project included signups, membership packages, forums, pre-release tickets, and other exclusive content.
1995 - 2002

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science

University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA


FFmpeg, Doctrine, Doctrine 2


Chef, Jira, Vagrant, PhpStorm, Git, Jenkins, Confluence


MySQL, Datadog, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)


PHP, C++, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java


Zend Framework, Smarty, Angular, Laravel 5, PHPUnit


Amazon EC2, CentOS, Eclipse, LAMP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MacOS, Drupal 8


Agile Software Development



Collaboration That Works

How to Work with Toptal

Toptal matches you directly with global industry experts from our network in hours—not weeks or months.


Share your needs

Discuss your requirements and refine your scope in a call with a Toptal domain expert.

Choose your talent

Get a short list of expertly matched talent within 24 hours to review, interview, and choose from.

Start your risk-free talent trial

Work with your chosen talent on a trial basis for up to two weeks. Pay only if you decide to hire them.

Top talent is in high demand.

Start hiring