Jorge Gonzalez, Developer in Monterrey, Mexico
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Jorge Gonzalez

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Software Developer

Monterrey, Mexico
Toptal Member Since
November 26, 2021

Jorge is a software engineer with 20+ years of experience. His primary focus has been working on projects with media companies, gathering vast expertise on highly scalable solutions, CMS platforms, and cloud-based applications. He can contribute as a sole programmer or take part in a team with great success as a team lead, software architect, and developer. Jorge is willing to excel on web development projects with high-scalability architecture.


PHP, MySQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), JavaScript, Web Development, DevOps...
PHP, JavaScript, Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppSync, Amazon EC2...
Dalet (former Oayala)
JavaScript, PHP, Drupal, Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Silex, Elasticsearch, Redis...




Preferred Environment

Linux, MacOS, Apache2, NGINX, PHP, Drupal, Node.js, JavaScript, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The most amazing...

...project I've contributed to is the restructuring of the world wide National Geographic's internet presence prior to the joint venture with Disney.

Work Experience

IT Manager

1999 - PRESENT
  • Helped create, architect, and deploy the HelloHelp chat. It has been offered as a SaaS for 21 years.
  • Oversaw the 10+ upgrade deployments, including major PHP, operating system, and MySQL upgrades.
  • Moved our original dedicated server provider to AWS in 2006. Uptime has gone up from around 96% in 2002 to 99.999% in 2020 and 100% so far in 2021.
  • Provided the chat widget to several renowned customers in Mexico and Latin America, including HSBC Bank, Walmart Mexico, Amway Mexico, and Amway Colombia.
Technologies: PHP, MySQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), JavaScript, Web Development, DevOps, HTML, Apache2, CSS

Senior Software Engineer

2018 - 2021
  • Architected the tech stack for a social network management app and was also part of the back-end development team.
  • Collaborated on projects for some of the biggest worldwide media companies, including Fox Corp, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel Latam.
  • Developed and partially architected an app required to support over 100,000 concurrent users.
  • Acted as a tech lead for the back-end team in several projects.
  • Worked remotely and had customers and teammates from five different countries.
Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppSync, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon RDS, Node.js, AWS Lambda, Web Development, Drupal, Drupal 8, CSS, HTML, Apache2, NGINX, APIs, HTTP REST, GraphQL

Senior Full-stack Engineer

2013 - 2018
Dalet (former Oayala)
  • Developed the back end for a subscription streaming service replicated to different customers.
  • Led a team of four developers to create a RESTful API solution to deliver a few thousand video assets to end-users.
  • Spearheaded a team of three developers to deliver an on-demand paid video solution.
  • Imported video assets to the company's platform massively while gaining knowledge on proprietary solutions.
  • Managed a vendor's external team to complete a project in a six-week record time.
Technologies: JavaScript, PHP, Drupal, Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Silex, Elasticsearch, Redis, Apache2, MySQL, Web Development, Drupal 8, Drupal 7, HTML, CSS

Senior Software Engineer

2010 - 2013
Reporte Indigo
  • Moved the website from dedicated servers to AWS, with response times around half the previous ones. Also, the cloud solution gave around a 20% in expenditure savings.
  • Maintained the Drupal 6 website and was part of the team that upgraded the site to Drupal 7.
  • Oversaw and architected most of the website's new features, including the development of mobile apps.
  • Helped make the website the first genuinely responsive site the company had.
Technologies: Drupal, Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, PHP, Memcached, Varnish, Web Development, Drupal 7, Drupal 6, HTML, CSS

Software Engineer

2003 - 2005
  • Acted as the leading developer of the purchasing module of a new ERP software.
  • Architected and created new helper modules and reusable code.
  • Deployed a few ERP modules to five different customers, including the purchase, accounts payable, and inventory modules.
Technologies: PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML

Discovery Latam
The latin american web page for the Discovery Channel: is the Spanish version, and is the Portuguese (for Brazil) version.

I worked mainly on the CMS using Drupal 8 and performed a few tasks for the front end in React.

I was part of the team that created Quizcovery for Discovery Channel Latin America. I was onboard for the first stage of the project, which included a trivia like app (web app and mobile app), that was architected to support over 100k simultaneous users. I was involved mostly with the CMS (Contentful), and backend (Node.js, GraphQL, and AWS AppSync).

Fox News
I collaborated on the Fox News project for around half a year, adding new features to their headless CMS in WordPress. Some of these features included new plugins for ads, Giphy, and full story widgets. The CMS platform is used for Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Business, and all US local stations.

Socialpiper is the flagship app for a startup company. Created from scratch, Socialpiper aims to help small and medium-sized companies and individuals manage their social platforms from a unified platform. A simple UI design allows posting recommendations—such as time of day and topics—and analytics. At the time, Socialpiper managed Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The tech stack included Node.js, GraphQL, React, and AWS AppSync.

I was involved in the technology stack architecture, back end, and some front-end features as well.

Nat Geo
Before the joint venture with Disney, National Geographic was driven to unify their worldwide internet management using a centralized platform. As it was, each location had its own tech stack, which made info sharing painful.

I was part of the team involved with the CMS using Drupal 8. It was a headless CMS approach involving several teams to develop other components of the publishing line.


Foxtel is the paid TV platform for Australia's NewsCorp and Telstra companies. They required a subscription streaming service for their online content.

I contributed to the back end CMS and REST API with a tech stack that included a headless CMS approach using Drupal 7, Elasticsearch, and Silex.

This platform was eventually implemented on Telstra's BigPond subscription service.

Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
I wasn't originally part of the team that started developing the new WTA's website, but after four months of moving the launch deadline, the customer was very unhappy.

At first, Ooyala's New York office contacted me to assess and help the third-party vendor. The approach was a headless CMS but done in a very poor way. I asked for complete control of the external team and hired a new vendor. With a given six-week deadline to deliver an MVP, I successfully launched it on time, deploying the infrastructure on Microsoft Azure.
1992 - 1997

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - Monterrey, Mexico


Node.js, jQuery, Facebook API, React, X (formerly Twitter) API, Instagram API


AWS AppSync, Varnish, Amazon CloudFront CDN, Git, GitHub, GitLab, NGINX, Amazon ElastiCache


Drupal, Amazon EC2, Drupal 8, Drupal 7, Linux, MacOS, Apache2, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, WordPress, Drupal 6, Contentful, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)


Laravel, Silex


PHP, HTML, JavaScript, GraphQL, SQL, CSS, SCSS, Sass


MySQL, Database Modeling, Elasticsearch, Amazon Aurora, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Redis, Memcached, Amazon DynamoDB, PostgreSQL, Azure SQL




Web Development, HTTP REST, Drupal 9, Software Engineering, Amazon RDS, Load Balancers, Symphony, Serverless, APIs, Data Structures, Compilers, Amazon API Gateway, Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

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