Matt Goldfield, Full-stack Developer in Northampton, MA, United States
Matt Goldfield

Full-stack Developer in Northampton, MA, United States

Member since February 6, 2019
Matt has been a software engineer for a little over twelve years. He enjoys math, systems, and people. He has worked at early startups, more established small-medium teams, and large companies. He has worked as an individual contributor and as part of a team. He loves delving into interesting problems and building applications that people want to use. Matt has significant experience in back and front-end web development, as well as systems and application development in a broader setting.
Matt is now available for hire




Northampton, MA, United States



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Swift, Apache Lucene, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, AWS, C++, Python

The most amazing...

...project I've built and took to fruition in enterprise level environments are proofs of concept for Simon Data (more details in the portfolio section below).


  • Sole Back-end Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    Freelance Software Engineer via Toptal
    • Implemented and extended the back end in multiple areas including building a scheduler, payment functionality, leaderboards, push and email notifications, site security, and DevOps functionality.
    • Led communication and design process for all back end efforts.
    • Built data ingestion pipelines for multiple data sources using AWS technologies.
    • Developed safe automated deployment system and mirrored development environment.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), SQL, Flask, AWS, Python
  • Core Software Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    Simon Data
    • Co-built the proof of concept of a real-time event processing system, and built significant pieces of the production system.
    • Co-implemented ML prediction models over marketing data, training, and prediction.
    • Designed and implemented infrastructure for ingesting and analyzing enterprise-scale data streams from multiple sources.
    • Served as the tech lead for a stats visualization project, optimizing a visual stats analysis and its back end on Redshift.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Elasticsearch, Hadoop, Python, Relational Databases, Amazon DynamoDB, State Machines, AWS Lambda, Redshift, AWS
  • Software Engineer

    2015 - 2017
    • Built the back end for an autocomplete search overlaying keyword search.
    • Assessed and optimized database usage and queries across the codebase.
    • Contributed to in-house keyword search algorithms, recommendations engine, UI, and other miscellaneous projects.
    Technologies: JavaScript, SQL, Ruby
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2011 - 2015
    Akamai Technologies
    • Served as a member of the “Scoring and Topology” group, which developed technologies to discover the topology of the internet. Promoted to Senior in 2013.
    • Owned and had a significant role in the research and design of multiple components, including ping and trace systems, BGP route processing, work on our internal representation of IP space, load estimation, and more.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Systems, Distributed Systems, BGP, SQL, C++
  • Software Developer

    2009 - 2011
    • Re-architected and implemented keyword search system using Lucene and Solr.
    • Re-architected faceting and facet-like product browsing systems.
    • Initiated and co-designed high volume clickstream analysis.
    • Developed back-end admin tools, UI/front-end work, and large data query optimization. Results included ~40% CPU usage drop on database slaves.
    Technologies: Netezza, Hadoop, SQL, PHP, ASP, Solr, Apache Lucene


  • Real-time Event Processing System

    For Simon Data, I co-built a proof-of-concept for a real-time event processing system using AWS lambda, step functions, and various AWS databases, and then helped lead a team to implement an enterprise-level version.

  • Autocomplete Search

    For Bandcamp, I built the autocomplete search function for their website, augmenting their in-house search functionality and also building a significant portion of the UI around it.

  • Rearchitected Search Using Lucene

    For Wayfair, I rearchitected their in-house search to use the inverted index model provided by Lucene and built a front-end based on modified SOLR. Also built a processing backend using Hadoop.

  • BGP Route Processing

    For Akamai, I re-architected their BGP processing system for internet route discovery, which is used to learn canonical BGP routes on the internet and then help direct traffic for better efficiency.


  • Languages

    C++, SQL, Python, Swift, XML, C, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Bash, Java, Perl, Objective-C, Lisp, Haskell
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, React, Apache Lucene
  • Paradigms

    Web Architecture, Functional Programming, Data Science
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS Kinesis
  • Other

    AWS, Full-stack, Technical Leadership, Data Engineering, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms, Software Development, Cloud, WebSockets, APIs, Amazon API Gateway, Machine Learning, Statistics, Deep Learning, BGP, Distributed Systems, Systems, State Machines, RSS Feeds
  • Frameworks

    Hadoop, Django, Flask, ASP
  • Tools

    Jupyter, Apache, Amazon Cognito, GDB, AWS Step Functions, Solr
  • Storage

    MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB, Netezza, Relational Databases, PostgreSQL, Google Cloud, RocksDB, MongoDB, Cassandra


  • Master of Arts Degree in Computer Science
    2005 - 2007
    Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics
    2001 - 2005
    Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

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