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Josh Smith

Josh Smith

San Diego, CA, United States
Member since October 5, 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.
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  • Coderly
    Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Ember.js, iOS, Swift
    Node.js, Express, MySQL, MongoDB, Socket.IO, Pusher, jQuery, JavaScript, LESS...
  • Brandskore
    C#, ASP.NET, jQuery, JavaScript, Twitter Bootstrap, LESS, CSS, HTML, Git
  • HTML5, 11 years
  • JavaScript, 11 years
  • CSS3, 11 years
  • iOS, 4 years
  • Ruby, 3 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 3 years
  • SQL, 2 years
  • Swift, 1 year
San Diego, CA, United States
Preferred Environment
OS X, Sublime, iTerm, Git, GitHub, Asana, Xcode
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: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Ember.js, iOS, Swift
  • 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: Node.js, Express, MySQL, MongoDB, Socket.IO, Pusher, jQuery, JavaScript, LESS, CSS, HTML
  • 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: C#, ASP.NET, jQuery, JavaScript, Twitter Bootstrap, LESS, CSS, HTML, Git
  • 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: PHP, CodeIgniter, jQuery, CSS, HTML
  • 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: PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, CSS, HTML
  • (Development)

    My last startup.

  • Field the Bern (Development)

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

  • Reissued (Development)

    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, CSS3, SQL, JavaScript, Ruby, Swift, HTML, Swift 2, Sass, Less
  • Frameworks
    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Bootstrap, Cocoa Touch
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Twitter API, Facebook API, Stripe, jQuery UI, Node.js, Amazon FPS
  • Tools
    Adobe Fireworks, Sketch
  • Paradigms
    Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD)
  • Platforms
    Linux, Unix, Mac OS, iOS
  • Other
    Lean Development
  • Storage
    AWS S3, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • 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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