Mark Lu, Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
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Mark Lu

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Developer

San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
April 13, 2022

Mark is a versatile tech generalist interested in graphics, networks, and cloud systems. His broad understanding of all sorts of technology and his ability to quickly debug and decipher what's wrong even in the most complex systems allow him to come up with simple and elegant solutions to challenging problems. Mark's ultimate goal is to make technology more approachable and helpful for as many people as possible.



Preferred Environment

Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), FreeBSD, Networking, Mobile Web, Redis, PostgreSQL, Twilio, Leadership, Amazon Cognito

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a web-based tool that allows designers to create highly graphical landing pages with live previews and without any coding.

Work Experience

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

2012 - 2022
Famous Industries, Inc.
  • Developed and built a design tool to create highly animated mobile web landing pages straight inside the web browser.
  • Oversaw both technical and business aspects of a startup involving over 40 people and more than $35 million in funding. It included hiring both independent contributors and executives, key strategic planning, and negotiating enterprise contracts.
  • Designed and built a system for previewing animations and user interactions in real-time while users designed their apps.
  • Managed a network spanning two offices and six cloud regions.
Technologies: JavaScript, Node.js, Linux, WebKit, Safari, Chrome, Redis, Leadership, React, Rust, Java, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), System Administration, DevOps, Architecture, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps Engineer, Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Email Delivery, LAMP, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), GitLab

Periodic Table Demo

Highly animated demo of an interactive periodic table that ran inside mobile web browsers back in 2012. It was showcased at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 as an example of a battery-heavy application and was later used as a benchmark for various web browsers.

Mobile Landing Page Builder
Famous Studio, now known as Amaze Pro, is a tool for designers to build highly animated mobile web applications without code. It includes importers for various file formats, an editor, a design compiler, a modular live preview system, and an animation library.
2008 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA, USA


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)



Node.js, React


GitLab, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), GitHub, Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon Cognito


JavaScript, PHP, Java, Ruby, Verilog, Python, Rust




Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, FreeBSD, Twilio, Arduino, Safari, LAMP


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Redis, PostgreSQL




Networking, Mobile Web, System Administration, Architecture, Leadership, CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps Engineer, Email Delivery, Electrical Engineering, WebKit, Web Security

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