Josh Smith, Software Developer in San Diego, CA, United States
Josh Smith

Software Developer in San Diego, CA, United States

Member since October 11, 2012
Josh is a freelance full stack developer, from graphic design on down to systems administration. He has founded two companies and led product development and engineering work at two others. He loves data-driven design, continuous deployment, and customer development. He fully believes in applying the scientific method to everything he does.
Josh is now available for hire


  • Coderly
    Swift, iOS, Ember.js, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
    HTML, CSS, Less, JavaScript, jQuery, Pusher, Socket.IO, MongoDB, MySQL...
  • Brandskore
    Git, HTML, CSS, Less, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, ASP.NET, C#



San Diego, CA, United States



Preferred Environment

Xcode, Asana, GitHub, Git, ITerm, Sublime Text, OS X

The most amazing...

...product I've launched is a real-time social network built in a week with Node.js and Socket.IO. Five days after launch, we had over 1k users.


  • Founder

    2012 - PRESENT
    • Launched a best new App Store iOS app backed by a Rails API to acclaim by TechCrunch, Vogue, and InStyle.
    • Launched a social fitness app in the Best Fitness Apps category on iOS, also backed by a Rails API.
    • Built my own website for teaching people to cook with a Rails API back-end and Ember.js front-end.
    • Built a canvassing app for Bernie 2016.
    Technologies: Swift, iOS, Ember.js, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
  • Founder

    2012 - 2012
    • Built and launched the product in one week.
    • Iterated quickly on user feedback to get over 1k users five days later.
    • Created a realtime newsfeed using first Socket.IO, and moving to Pusher to make use of private channels for realtime private messages.
    • Created a share widget similar to that of Google+ which let users share their status, code samples, and links to interesting items on the internet.
    • Built deep LinkedIn integration, which helped the application reach a viral coefficient of 0.8.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, Less, JavaScript, jQuery, Pusher, Socket.IO, MongoDB, MySQL, Express.js, Node.js
  • Product Lead

    2011 - 2012
    • Redesigned the UI from the ground up, from graphic design to code.
    • Rewrote all client-side JavaScript and CSS for production, moving from vanilla JS to jQuery and from CSS to LESS.
    • Assisted lead back-end developer in re-architecting ASP.NET MVC project to produce mostly JSON, making previously static pages dynamic.
    • Improved integration and deployment processes; switching the team from Subversion to Git alone sped up iteration speeds by as much as 50%.
    • Managed marketing, metrics, and analytics, making major use of KISSmetrics for product development decisions.
    Technologies: Git, HTML, CSS, Less, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, ASP.NET, C#
  • Lead Developer

    2011 - 2011
    • Led the development and execution of technology strategy from architecture to completion.
    • Designed web and mobile applications with availability and scalability in mind.
    • Implemented features that improved customer experience and usability.
    • Managed development team, schedule, and budget.
    • Set high QA standards.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, jQuery, CodeIgniter, PHP
  • Founder

    2010 - 2011
    • Acqui-hired in June, 2011 by bLife, a True Ventures portfolio company.
    • Architected the entire web application from the bottom up.
    • Built a custom content delivery network on top of Amazon’s AWS.
    • Built in-house metrics and utilized external A/B testing platforms for UX optimization.
    • Designed all custom logos and iconography across the site.
    • Launched January, 2011 and grew to 20,000 members.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP



    My last startup.

  • Field the Bern

    Field the Bern is an iOS app backed by a Rails JSON API that helps people canvass for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

  • Reissued

    Reissued was a mobile marketplace for vintage goods. Sellers could snap photos of their products, print out shipping labels, and track their shipments on-the-go.


  • Languages

    HTML5, Sass, Swift 2, Ruby, Swift, HTML, SQL, CSS3, JavaScript, Less, CSS, C#, PHP
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap, Cocoa Touch, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Express.js, ASP.NET, CodeIgniter, Ember.js
  • Libraries/APIs

    Stripe, Facebook API, Twitter API, jQuery, Socket.IO, React, jQuery UI, Pusher, Node.js, Amazon FPS
  • Tools

    Sketch, Adobe Fireworks, Git, Sublime Text, ITerm, GitHub, Asana, Xcode
  • Paradigms

    Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    MacOS, iOS, Linux, Unix, WordPress, Ubuntu, OS X
  • Other

    Lean Development, Web Development, Front-end, Full-stack, Software Development, User Interface (UI), Front-end Development, User Experience (UX), Hybrid Apps, Back-end Development
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MySQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MongoDB


  • Bachelors Degree in Philosophy
    2004 - 2008
    University of Maryland, College Park - Maryland
  • Bachelors Degree in Art History
    2004 - 2008
    University of Maryland, College Park - Maryland

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