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Jason Urton, Software Developer in Boston, MA, United States
Jason Urton

Software Developer in Boston, MA, United States

Member since September 3, 2013
Jason is a full-stack Ruby on Rails developer with years of startup experience. He has dealt with a broad range of business and technical challenges and loves working on fast-moving, highly communicative teams.
Jason is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • LevelUp
    Ruby on Rails, Coffeescript
  • Wisr
    Ruby on Rails, JavaScript
  • StudyEgg
    Ruby on Rails, JavaScript

Experience

  • JavaScript, 4 years
  • Heroku, 4 years
  • jQuery, 4 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 4 years
  • Ruby, 4 years
  • CoffeeScript, 3 years
  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 2 years
  • PostgreSQL, 2 years
Boston, MA, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

OSX, SublimeText, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a Twitter-based learning platform that is used by thousands of students.

Employment

  • Software Engineer

    2013 - PRESENT
    LevelUp
    • WIP.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Coffeescript
  • Co-founder, CTO

    2012 - 2013
    Wisr
    • Designed, implemented, scaled, and maintained a high traffic Rails/jQuery application.
    • Developed an interface for the app to interact with the Twitter API.
    • Maintained high performance through caching, background processing (DJ), and database tuning.
    • Completed over 50 A/B tests to improve user experience.
    • Maintained a fully responsive site using Bootstrap.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript
  • Co-founder, CTO

    2011 - 2012
    StudyEgg
    • Designed, implemented, and maintained a Rails/jQuery application.
    • Built a video quiz interface using the embedded YouTube player.
    • Built a cross-browser test suite using SauceLabs.
    • Created and managed a team of 10+ content development interns.
    • Developed an internal content creation tool for intern use.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript
  • Co-founder, CTO

    2010 - 2011
    Zendo
    • Supported development of a Rails/jQuery web application.
    • Built and deployed iOS and Android apps using Titanium Appcelerator.
    • Configured APIs for mobile app and web app interaction.
    • Integrated push notification services for iOS apps.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript
  • Market Research & Technical Analyst

    2009 - 2010
    SalesQuest
    • Managed a team of two contract developers to build an internal research web app.
    • Automated analyst tasks that involved web scraping and report formatting.
    Technologies: Python

Experience

  • Wisr (Development)

    Wisr teaches subjects like Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry through messaging platforms such as Twitter, email, and text message.

  • StudyEgg (Development)

    StudyEgg allows educators to create and share video quizzes.

Skills

  • Languages

    Ruby, JavaScript, CSS, Haml, CoffeeScript, Python, Java, SQL
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Capybara
  • Libraries/APIs

    Twitter API, jQuery
  • Platforms

    Twitter, Heroku
  • Tools

    Git, Adobe Photoshop, Pivotal Tracker
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD)

Education

  • Master's Candidate degree in Computer Science and IT Entrepreneurship
    2010 - 2011
    Brandeis University - Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's degree in Anthropology & Sociology
    2004 - 2008
    Lafayette College - Pennsylvania
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