George Yates, Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States
George Yates

Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States

Member since June 28, 2019
George is a self-taught developer who's been building and learning in his chosen field for over 15 years. His experience includes serving as the technical founder of a startup and growing the team to 15 in five years. George has also contributed as the principal architect and developer on a project that served thousands of users and generated millions of dollars in revenue.
George is now available for hire


  • Crowdskout
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Rust, Jenkins, Apache Kafka, AWS, Linux...
  • Golden Tech
    MySQL, CodeIgniter, WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML
  • University of Chicago
    ExpressionEngine, Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML



Chicago, IL, United States



Preferred Environment

PHP, Git, JavaScript, MacOS, Linux

The most amazing... I’ve built was Crowdskout: a CRM tool that stores and provides sub-second analysis on billions of records.


  • Co-founder | CTO

    2013 - 2019
    • Built a team of engineering and product people from 1-15 people.
    • Architected and built software that stored and provided access to billions of records and ingested millions of records every day.
    • Developed and established a project process for three teams of engineers.
    • Maintained a server environment running on AWS consisting of three environments, five applications, and over 100 servers.
    • Helped build and maintain a continuous integration development environment running on Jenkins.
    • Architected and managed the development of over 30 different integrations with external APIs that processed millions of data points daily.
    • Worked directly with customers to help them architect their data ecosystem.
    • Built communication tools across many channels including email, phone calls, texting, and canvassing.
    • Spoke on technical topics at multiple conferences.
    • Helped organize and run biannual hackathons for the company.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Rust, Jenkins, Apache Kafka, AWS, Linux, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, MySQL, Laravel, PHP, AngularJS
  • Front-end Developer

    2012 - 2013
    Golden Tech
    • Developed custom functionalities and themes in WordPress.
    • Built a custom dynamic functionality in CodeIgniter and MySQL.
    • Maintained websites and server-side applications running on Linux.
    Technologies: MySQL, CodeIgniter, WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML
  • Web Developer

    2007 - 2011
    University of Chicago
    • Helped maintain and iterate on existing websites for the university.
    • Migrated older department websites from static sites into standardized Drupal implementations.
    • Rebuilt the front end of the university's email service.
    Technologies: ExpressionEngine, Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML
  • Technical Lead

    2005 - 2008
    Web Craft Team
    • Developed websites from Photoshop designs.
    • Built custom back ends in PHP.
    • Hosted websites on Linux using cPanel Reseller.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML


  • Crowdskout (Development)

    A CRM for politics that helps organizations capture, store, and use their data. Crowdskout accepts first-party data, works with data vendors, and integrates with dozens of third-party tools to capture information.

    I architected the software that provides an extensive web application in AngularJS that provides sub-second query access to billions of records and processes millions of records every day.

    In addition to data, the software also includes tools for users to send emails, make phone calls, send texts, build web forms, and canvas neighborhoods.

    Additionally, I built and led the technical and product team of the company for six years. I started as the sole technical person at the company and grew the team of engineers and product people to 15 members.

    I also worked directly with Crowdskout's customers to provide world-class customer service. I helped them design their entire data ecosystem. The data system centered around Crowdskout but also included social media connections, other CRMs (such as Salesforce), and external tools (such as Mailchimp and CallFire).


  • Languages

    PHP, PHP 7, PHP 5, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Rust, Python
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, PHPUnit, AngularJS, CodeIgniter, React Native
  • Storage

    MySQL, Elasticsearch, MongoDB
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, React, Vue.js 2
  • Tools

    PhpStorm, Git, Jenkins, JetBrains, Vim Text Editor, Ansible, Terraform, Vagrant
  • Paradigms

    Agile, Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    WordPress, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MacOS, Drupal, Linux, CentOS, Apache Kafka, Docker
  • Other

    ExpressionEngine, AWS


  • Completed credits towards a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
    2008 - 2011
    Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO, USA

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