Jayen Ashar, Shell Scripting Developer in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jayen Ashar

Shell Scripting Developer in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Member since May 30, 2019
Jayen is a JavaScript expert and a technical executive (typically acting as the CTO) of multiple Australian startups with 20+ years of development experience so he can handle almost any project's needs—from creating your cloud servers to building a pixel-perfect UI. With vast experience in Linux, AWS, Python, Django, React, MySQL, and much more, Jayen will get the job done in minimal time with the best results.
Jayen is now available for hire




Sydney, New South Wales, Australia



Preferred Environment

VCS, Git, Linux, Debian, JetBrains

The most amazing...

...website I've built has been for my startup Finderful.com which was designed to help people find a property when they move to a new city.


  • Django/Python Web Developer | AWS Architect

    2020 - PRESENT
    Sunlytix (via Toptal)
    • Created a new Django back end for a white-label product.
    • Architected the deployment to AWS at a fraction of the current AWS bill.
    • Assisted with React development.
    • Represented the company's technical team in meetings with external stakeholders.
    • Designed and implemented an API for clients and clients' clients (end users).
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS, Django, React
  • Plugin Developer

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Created a plugin for speech pathologists to more easily evaluate a child's language fundamentals.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Mercury
  • Research Director

    2018 - PRESENT
    Datascout International
    • Built the architecture for the initial hackathon entry and wrote most of the applications in JavaScript and React.
    • Developed the back-end platform, which has been in production use since our first client and provides a REST API for the front-end developers.
    Technologies: Django, React
  • Technical Co-founder

    2017 - PRESENT
    • Migrated the server to a cheaper host to save 95% of hosting costs.
    • Added features such as connecting to Facebook.
    • Hosted the software as a service (SaaS) such that users can access the application over the web.
    • Revised the Stripe integration for dynamic pricing.
    • Developed the marketplace for renting rooms and flats.
    Technologies: PHP, Backbone.js
  • DevOps | Product Manager | Sales | Algorithms

    2012 - 2020
    • Led the IT team to acquire PCI and GDPR compliance.
    • Migrated the infrastructure twice to save 55% + 40% in hosting costs.
    • Led the submissions for the company's first two government clients.
    • Sped up end-to-end response times by 25% by updating algorithms.
    • Worked with the SkedGo and client teams to convert interactive mockups to a React front end.
    • Scraped public transport timetables using Java and JavaScript.
    Technologies: Data Scraping, Web Scraping, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Pipedrive API, Java, AWS, Ansible
  • IT Contractor

    2019 - 2019
    NSW Department of Finance, Services, and Innovation
    • Synchronized data sets from other portals to the site Data.nsw.gov.au.
    • Fixed issues with the new data.nsw.gov.au interface specific to IE11 and legacy browsers.
    Technologies: AWS Lambda, Node.js
  • Senior Web Developer

    2018 - 2019
    Alliance Software
    • Improved internal tools used by the project management team.
    • Created a proof of concept for a progressive web app for a client and implemented back-end functions, website security, and AWS integration for the final deliverable.
    • Developed a web app and implemented the theme for the end-users' interface while matching the client's style guide and current website.
    • Constructed an asset tracking and project management system with support for multiple types of stakeholders.
    Technologies: Django, React
  • Web Developer

    2016 - 2019
    UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Developed a web portal for managing lab machines.
    Technologies: Bootstrap, MongoDB, Flask
  • Founder | CIO | CTO

    2013 - 2019
    • Wrote algorithms to identify the best property for the user across a city.
    • Created a web interface for users to use the algorithm.
    • Used machine learning to predict rental yield for individual properties.
    • Marketed the product primarily through SEO best practices.
    • Added price trend charts, allowing users to specify the features of properties more accurately than competitors.
    • Hosted types of software as a service (SaaS) such that users can access the applications over the web.
    • Created visualizations (charts and maps) to debug the algorithms.
    • Worked on web and data scraping. Scraped real estate listings using Java and JavaScript.
    Technologies: Java, React
  • Volunteer Web Developer

    2017 - 2018
    • Deployed an Azure function to convert HTML to PDF.
    • Squashed bugs on the new organizer interface.
    Technologies: wkhtmltopdf, Azure, Node.js, React
  • Technical Co-founder

    2017 - 2017
    HD Tutor
    • Developed an MVP for a student-tutor matching platform.
    • Scraped course results using python to find the best tutors for a course.
    • Developed technical skills: Python3, Django, Django-rest-framework, React, ES6.
    Technologies: Data Scraping, Web Scraping, ECMAScript (ES6), Python 3, React, Django
  • Web Developer

    2017 - 2017
    • Migrated the system from placing calls with Asterisk to Twilio.
    • Rebuilt staging and production environments to be separate-but-equal.
    Technologies: MongoDB, Node.js, React
  • Embedded Systems Administrator

    2012 - 2016
    Marathon Robotics
    • Built a wireless deployment system for robots, base stations, and laptops.
    • Developed low-level drivers to interface with various hardware, including ANT+ devices.
    Technologies: Bash, Python, C++, Debian
  • Interim CTO

    2015 - 2015
    • Converted a Chrome extension to a script that can be added to any website.
    • Developed a back-office interface for website administrators to configure SoundNinja for their site.
    • Developed and built a REST API for the back-office interface.
    • Scraped artists, discography, and audio using JavaScript.
    Technologies: Data Scraping, Web Scraping, Heroku, Django, jQuery, Chrome Extensions
  • Hardware Verification Engineer

    2002 - 2007
    • Wrote C++ code to perform tests on hardware logic designs at the bit level.
    • Composed C++ code to perform tests on hardware logic designs and microcode at the architecture level.
    • Managed hardware assets for a team of about 100 people.
    Technologies: CVS, SCCS, C++, z/Architecture


  • Finderful.com | Location-centered Real Estate Search (Development)

    Finderful.com is designed to help you to find the best place to live based on your personalized preferences.

    The purpose of this website is to figure out which suburbs or homes are best for you while saving you time and money.

  • rUNSWift | Robot Soccer Team (Development)

    rUNSWift is UNSW's robot soccer team and five-time world champion. I joined the team in 2008 working with device drivers and am currently in charge of software architecture.

    I rewrote the interface for monitoring the robot and debugging the software in 2009, and again in 2019. Both types of software include real-time and offline visualizations of the robot's video and charts.

  • Stella by Demand IQ (Development)

    Use AI to deliver rooftop-level personalization and streamline your customer acquisition. I started as a back-end developer but was quickly promoted to technical director, overseeing all software developers, and working closely with the product team to suggest changes to simplify development without sacrificing user experience.


  • Languages

    Python, Java, Java 7, Java 8, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python 2, Python 3, C++, C, JavaScript 5, JavaScript 6, ECMAScript (ES6), ES7, ES5, Bash, Bash Script, Bourne Shell, HTML5, CSS3, PHP 7, PHP 5, PHP, SQL, Perl, Go, GraphQL, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    Redux, Django, Django REST Framework, JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Bootstrap, Material-UI, Ant Design, Flask, Zend Framework, Unity, Unity3D, Cordova, Next.js, Express.js
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js, React Redux, REST APIs, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Fast.ai, Backbone.js, Pipedrive API, Flexbox, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Firebase Web SDK, Pthreads, Stripe, Stripe API, Twilio API, Chart.js, D3.js, Three.js
  • Tools

    Shell, Ansible, Git, Subversion (SVN), CVS, TeamCity, CMake, GNU Make, GitHub, GitLab, Now, Create React App, wkhtmltopdf, Firebase Authentication, AWS ELB, AWS SDK, AWS EBS, AWS IAM, Slack, JetBrains, IntelliJ, IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm, PhpStorm, CLion, Jupyter, IPython, IPython Notebook, Emacs, Bitbucket, Webpack
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, REST, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Promise, Mobile Development
  • Platforms

    Drupal, Linux, Debian, Debian Linux, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Linux, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu16.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Firebase, Docker, AWS EC2, Amazon Lightsail, AWS Lambda, Jupyter Notebook, Azure, Heroku, Twilio
  • Storage

    JSON, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, SQLite, Memcached, Elasticsearch, Cloud Firestore, AWS S3, AWS RDS
  • Other

    Freelance Developer, Data Scraping, Web Scraping, Ubuntu Server, Data Structures, Full-stack, APIs, RESTful APIs, Serverless, System Administration, Linux System Administration, Server Management, Back-end, AWS, Bash Scripting, Shell Scripting, Shell Commands, Unix Shell Scripting, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Startups, Startup Consultation, Early-stage Startups, Investing, Integration Testing, VCS, Mercury, z/Architecture, SCCS, Chrome Extensions, ES6 Promises, CSS Grid, Django-rest-auth, Firebase Cloud Functions, SaaS, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), WebSockets, Deep Learning
  • Industry Expertise

    Robotics, Marketing


  • PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence
    2009 - 2012
    University of New South Wales - Kensington, Australia
  • Master's degree in Information Technology
    2007 - 2008
    University of New South Wales - Kensington, Australia
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    1998 - 2002
    Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    1998 - 2002
    Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA, USA


  • Training and Assessment
    APRIL 2013 - PRESENT
    Fortress Learning

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