Justin Michela, Software Developer in Boston, MA, United States
Justin Michela

Software Developer in Boston, MA, United States

Member since March 28, 2018
Justin is a technical professional with a passion for learning and 15+ years of experience leading teams to build enterprise-grade distributed applications that solve real-world problems. He is a firm believer that collaboration across all facets of a business, from development to marketing to sales, is required to succeed in this endeavor.
Justin is now available for hire


  • Cox Automotive
    PagerDuty, Splunk, JavaScript, Ruby, Spring, Adobe Experience Manager, Java
  • Foureyes Labs
    ROS, Node.js, AWS Lambda, C++, C, TensorFlow, Solidity, Vue.js, JavaScript...
  • Human Factors, LLC
    MySQL, Docker, TypeScript, Nest (NestJS), JavaScript



Boston, MA, United States



Preferred Environment

VS Code, Git, Docker, Python, Java

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is a marketing automation engine that took in product info and consumer purchasing data and modeled what best to advertise to which consumers.


  • Contractor

    2015 - PRESENT
    Cox Automotive
    • Awarded a seven-figure contract to rebuild a client’s CMS using Adobe Experience Manager, defined best practices for its use, and implemented a framework that enabled the business to iterate up to 1,000x faster on its marketing initiatives.
    • Created a domain-specific language (DSL) that converted pseudocode and HTML+JavaScript into JSPs and XML that Adobe Experience Manager could understand so new developers could be onboarded 10x faster.
    • Implemented a transaction marker that helped pinpoint the source of issues within their massively distributed, multi-team application infrastructure (multiple languages).
    • Built a throttling system in Java that could be used by any team to throttle HTTP requests based on the responsiveness of the endpoints, and could, therefore, be responsive to increased in demand.
    Technologies: PagerDuty, Splunk, JavaScript, Ruby, Spring, Adobe Experience Manager, Java
  • Managing Partner

    2015 - PRESENT
    Foureyes Labs
    • Performed technical due diligence on deals ranging from $100,000 to $10,000,000 for various clients.
    • Designed and implemented a rapid-development plan with the goal of testing the revenue potential of at least one new product idea each month, achieving a 20% success rate in the program’s first year.
    • Managed all corporate finances including taxes, budgets, cash flows, and the development of a financial model for budgeting and forecasting.
    • Built a distributed lottery application on the Ethereum blockchain using Solidity.
    • Created a self-driving car operating system using ROS, C++, Python, and TensorFlow that won a competition to be implemented and tested on live roads.
    Technologies: ROS, Node.js, AWS Lambda, C++, C, TensorFlow, Solidity, Vue.js, JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Serverless, Spring, Java
  • Lead Backend Developer

    2020 - 2020
    Human Factors, LLC
    • Designed & built the backend API using NestJS from scratch in just 3 weeks to be ready for FDA studies.
    • Created local development environments and pipelines using Docker that mirrored production for rapid developer onboarding.
    • Onboarded & managed 3 new developers over the next 8 weeks that lead to successfully delivering the 2nd phase of functionality for FDA studies.
    • Acted as the Product Owner, Lead Architect, and Project Manager for the backend functionality, leading to a successful launch with no known bugs.
    • Lead the effort for proactive error detection and mitigation by implementing Sentry.io and configuring integrations.
    Technologies: MySQL, Docker, TypeScript, Nest (NestJS), JavaScript
  • Technical Architect

    2019 - 2020
    • Operated as a technical lead for teams when they needed advice, architectural guidance, added bandwidth, or help debugging.
    Technologies: Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Java, Angular, .NET, C#
  • Python Developer

    2019 - 2020
    ACAC, Inc
    • Implemented systems to reduce the application's fragility, such as retry logic and bug fixes.
    • Augmented the existing API to add new functionality.
    Technologies: HubSpot, MySQL, Python
  • Lead Architect

    2018 - 2020
    • Ported an existing Excel spreadsheet to a webapp that enabled better data tracking, sharing, and usability, which increased sales.
    • Worked with the client to define and estimate the tool's features and functionality.
    • Created the original framework for the application and infrastructure.
    • Brought on four team members and lead them through the implementation of the remaining functionality.
    • Built the deployment and testing pipelines.
    Technologies: Docker, Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Angular, .NET, C#
  • Senior Java Developer

    2018 - 2020
    • Ported over legacy functionality to cloud webapps in Azure.
    • Implemented systems to reduce the application's fragility.
    • Implemented systems to maintain the application's performance across releases.
    Technologies: Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Spring, Java
  • Chief of Engineering

    2018 - 2019
    • Came in just 6 months prior to the sale of the company with objectives to assist in the sale, improve quality & efficiency of engineering team, reduce development time & costs, streamline business operations, and provide startup M&A experience.
    • Assisted in the sale of the company for upwards of $40M in assets, leading the transition team.
    • Reduced release cycle time by 60% by implementing automated regression testing focusing on automated deployments.
    Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, Jira, Git, C
  • Senior Java Developer

    2018 - 2019
    MMCL Group LLC
    • Swapped out an existing data integration with a new provider.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS, Hadoop, Java
  • Enterprise Architect

    2016 - 2018
    Surefire Social
    • Managed the integration effort to be able to sell Promio's product offering as an up-sell to Surefire's application suite.
    • Re-architectured queries in PHP & MySQL code to increase performance on the dashboard and other reports.
    • Managed a team of five remote developers.
    Technologies: Python, JavaScript, Angular, React, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, C#, PHP
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2016 - 2016
    • Led the architecture of a new product line that became the face of the business after only six months.
    • Moved the business from post-billing to pre-billing, drastically increasing cash flows.
    • Designed 2-way integrations with three major digital advertising channels - Google, Facebook, and Bing.
    • Helped in the sale of the company to a larger marketing technology company (Surefire Social) after only 11 months.
    Technologies: JavaScript, React, Windows PowerShell, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, C#
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2014 - 2015
    m2M Strategies
    • Directed product strategy through market research and interactive customer analysis.
    • Lead two teams of eight engineers, one that managed the technology products and another that reacted to the day-to-day needs of the business.
    • Designed a data integration framework used to streamline client onboarding, cutting onboarding time down by a factor of 10.
    • Managed all client and strategic request prioritization across the organization.
    • Implemented a queue-based load leveling communication system to assure high reliability and scale between 13 highly utilized production systems.
    Technologies: Python, Go, Windows PowerShell, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PostgreSQL, Java, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, C#
  • Director of Technology

    2014 - 2014
    m2M Strategies
    • Architected the integration between GetOne and m2M's products into a single product suite.
    • Managed a technical team of six on-site developers.
    • Coordinated the consolidation of 3rd-party mobile applications development back in-house.
    • Implemented project management tools to increase team efficiency and better track deadlines.
    Technologies: Windows PowerShell, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, C#, Java
  • President & Chief Technology Officer

    2012 - 2014
    GetOne Rewards
    • Directed product strategy through competitive and market analysis.
    • Oversaw all technological decisions & implementation.
    • Managed a team of eight developers (five on-site and three off-shore).
    • Redesigned web architecture for scale using Amazon's AWS infrastructure.
    • Managed 3rd-party mobile applications development for Android and iOS operating systems.
    • Coordinated and negotiated funding contracts for Series A & B investment rounds.
    • Contributed to ongoing business plan and strategy for the company.
    Technologies: Python, iOS, Android, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PostgreSQL, JavaScript, Spring, Apache Tomcat, Java
  • Software Development Engineer

    2012 - 2012
    • Built infrastructure through Amazon’s Simple Workflow Service to efficiently process the amortization of 20 million Amazon Prime payments each month.
    • Gathered and organized project requirements from various stakeholders throughout the organization.
    • Compiled design and test-case documentation to facilitate the ease of continued development.
    Technologies: Workflow, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Hibernate, Java
  • Co-Founder & Lead Developer

    2010 - 2012
    GetOne Rewards
    • Managed technological–based business decisions for the company.
    • Assured simple integration of team member’s products.
    • Constructed internal database from scratch in JDO and then SQL.
    • Built mobile device communication API employed by 500,000 users.
    • Developed smart phone applications for Android OS.
    • Coordinated and negotiated corporate organization contracts between LLC owners.
    • Contributed to original business and funding plan for the company.
    Technologies: Android, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, Google App Engine, Apache Tomcat, Java
  • Software Engineer

    2011 - 2011
    • Built Google Docs plug-in for the Publisher portal of the Google Currents application used by thousands of publishers worldwide.
    • Architected and built a versioning system that facilitated the release of new features in phases to different groups of users (analogous to A/B testing).
    Technologies: BigTable, JavaScript, Android, Java
  • Teaching Assistant

    2009 - 2011
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Taught recitations twice a week to advance students’ knowledge of course material.
    • Created programs to efficiently grade submitted homework and projects in a fraction of the time.
    • Maintained grade-book records for 100+ students per semester.
    • Hosted office hours during the week to enhance availability and increase hands-on learning.
    • Assisted students in any way that helped further their education.
    Technologies: Assembly, C++, C, Java


  • Mechanical Inspection Tool

    A web application that aggregates information about car sales and allows for users to enter in data about inspections for the vehicles. The car sales data comes from an external API and is pulled into the tool.

    The tool is written in Node.js with a MySQL database and leverages various frameworks such as typescript, docker, serverless, many AWS services (S3, Kinesis, Lambda, API Gateway, etc), terraform, etc

  • Pricing Tool

    A web application used to manage pricing information related to shipping cars from one location to the next. Users can upload rates for carriers and for routes, and the tool will use that information to calculate a price for a given car and route when asked. A user can override a price quote at any time. The decision logic for calculating a price quote uses existing rate information as well as historical price overrides.

    The tool is written in Node.js with a SQL Server database and leverages various frameworks such as typescript, docker, serverless, many AWS services (S3, Kinesis, Lambda, API Gateway, etc), terraform, etc

  • Run Tracker API

    A JSON REST API that tracks jogging times of users.

    * API Users can create an account and log in.
    * All API calls are authenticated using a form of OAuth.
    * There are three roles with different permission levels:
    ** a regular user can CRUD on their owned records,
    ** a user manager can CRUD only users,
    ** and an admin can CRUD all records and users.
    * Based on the provided date and location, the API will connect to an external weather API provider and get the weather conditions for the run, and store that with each run.
    * A report endpoint exists that aggregates average speed & distance per week.
    * Filtering capabilities exist for all endpoints that return a list of elements.
    ** Parenthesis are used for defining operations precedence and on any combination of the available fields.
    ** The supported operations are or, and, eq (equals), ne (not equals), gt (greater than), lt (lower than).
    * Pagination exists for all endpoints that return a list of elements.
    * Testing was done with unit tests and integration tests.

    The project was built using a Java Spring Boot back-end, a MySQL database, and docker to spin up the modules.
    Integration tests written in Ruby.

    JOOQ used for application to database communication.

  • Calendar Sync

    A web application (and console library) used to sync Microsoft and Google Calendars. Users can link a Microsoft account and a Google account, and the events on a calendar in the Microsoft account will copy over to a chosen calendar on the Google account.

    The tool is written in Python with a MySQL database and leverages various services and frameworks such as typescript, SCSS, Flask, Jinja2, SQLAlchemy, Stripe, docker, serverless, etc

  • Distributed Raffle

    A distributed application (DApp) used to allow anyone from across the world to play a series of raffle games. The players of the raffle play only against each other and randomness is provided by the players of the game and the miners on the Ethereum network.

    The game is written in Solidity and runs on the Ethereum network.

  • Git Poller

    A console application that polls a git repository and performs an action when changes are detected.

    The tool is typically used as a deployment application, but also has uses for notification and other purposes. The tool was developed to allow for decentralized deployments in a distributed microservice infrastructure.

    The tool is written in python and uses a yaml file for configuration.

  • Auth and Auth Service

    A REST API used to manage user authentication and authorization. Users can create accounts and administrators can manage those users' access to resources.

    This tool is used by multiple microservices to manage user access across a suite of products.

    The tool is written in Java with a MySQL database and leverages various frameworks such as docker, Spring Boot, many AWS services (S3, EC2, etc), terraform, etc

  • JIRA Reporting Tool

    A console application used to import and manage task reporting information related to an agile team's performance metrics.

    The tool is written in Go Lang with PostgreSQL database and leverages various AWS services (S3, Redshift, etc).

  • Queue Service

    A service used to run distributed work queued from various microservices.

    The tool has gone through many iterations and has complex logic to do things such as caching, locking, re-queueing, etc.

    The tool was originally written in Java but was ported to C#, and leverages various frameworks such as .NET, docker, many AWS services (S3, Kinesis, Redshift, SQS, etc), Windows Powershell, terraform, etc.


  • Languages

    TypeScript, Dart, HTML, SQL, Python, JavaScript, C#, Java, SCSS, Go, Bash, CSS, C++, Scala, C, VHDL, Solidity, Assembly, PHP, Less, Ruby
  • Frameworks

    Spring, Spring Boot, Windows PowerShell, .NET, React Native, Hibernate, Hadoop, Nest (NestJS), Ruby on Rails (RoR), Bootstrap, Angular
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, jQuery, React, Vue.js, TensorFlow
  • Paradigms

    Data Science, Agile, DevOps, Functional Programming
  • Platforms

    Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Kinesis, Azure, Android, Google App Engine, iOS, AWS Lambda, PagerDuty, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Other

    Freelance Developer, Back-end Development, Leadership, Software Architecture, Software Development, NestJS, Machine Learning, Full-stack, Artificial Intelligence (AI), AWS Kinesis Firehose, Front-end Development, Embedded Software Engineer, Serverless, ROS, Workflow, AWS, HubSpot
  • Tools

    Adobe Experience Manager, Git, VS Code, Splunk, Jira, MATLAB, Apache Tomcat
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, BigTable
  • Industry Expertise

    Project Management


  • Nanodegree in Self-Driving Car Engineer
    2017 - 2017
    Udacity - Online
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in Distributed Microcomputing
    2012 - 2013
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
  • Masters in Engineering Management degree in Engineering-Business
    2011 - 2012
    Duke University - Durham, NC
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering
    2006 - 2011
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA

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