Matt Lowden, Software Developer in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Matt Lowden

Software Developer in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Member since October 27, 2021
Matt is a full-stack web developer with almost two decades of experience working with agencies and global corporations, founding startups, and completing acquisitions. His strength lies in understanding problems, breaking them down into smaller pieces, and finding creative ways to solve these problems while incrementally adding value to the business.
Matt is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Warner Music Group
    PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Google Cloud, Node.js, React, Angular...
  • Topsify & Playlists.net
    PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, CSS, HTML, LAMP, Zend Engine, PHP 5, PHP 7, AngularJS...
  • SUMO Design
    PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Java, LAMP, PHP 5, HTML4, HTML5

Experience

Location

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, Symfony, Node.js, CSS, HTML, MySQL, Laravel, React

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is a tool that allows record labels to see what their fans are listening to in real-time and communicate with them based on this usage.

Employment

  • Director of Technical Development

    2014 - PRESENT
    Warner Music Group
    • Built a product responsible for reporting all of WMG's global streaming consumption across Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer.
    • Led a team of developers and product directors to launch multiple successful products.
    • Built a product responsible for user acquisition, which saw at least 25% year-over-year (YOY) growth each year since its release in 2017.
    • Created a product that allowed artists to see what their fans were listening to in real-time to help make the best possible marketing decisions.
    • Built a product that allowed record labels to see precisely which playlists and charts their new releases were featured in worldwide to gauge market penetration.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Google Cloud, Node.js, React, Angular, AngularJS, PHP 5, PHP 7, TypeScript, Microsoft SQL Server, BigQuery, Google Cloud Spanner, Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL, HTML5, HTML4, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Facebook API, Spotify API, Deezer API, YouTube API, Google APIs, Express.js, Squarespace, Go
  • CTO

    2010 - 2014
    Topsify & Playlists.net
    • Developed, in collaboration with Spotify, Playlists.net, a playlist sharing and music recommendation service.
    • Led a team of three developers, one designer, and numerous contract-based agencies and individuals.
    • Developed the service using JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, and PHP using the Zend Framework.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, CSS, HTML, LAMP, Zend Engine, PHP 5, PHP 7, AngularJS, HTML5, HTML4, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Facebook API, Twitter API, Spotify API, Deezer API, YouTube API, Google APIs
  • Senior Developer

    2008 - 2010
    SUMO Design
    • Developed the front end and back end of websites using a proprietary CMS.
    • Led projects from the initial brief to completion and handled after-sales support.
    • Worked with clients such as Newcastle City Council, York Museums Trust, and the BBC.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Java, LAMP, PHP 5, HTML4, HTML5
  • Flash & Web Developer

    2007 - 2007
    Twenty First Century Media
    • Assisted in developing a new brand for the organization focusing on tutorial videos, teaching users to how to play poker.
    • Created a service built using Flash and PHP that allowed users to pay for videos that could then be streamed.
    • Used Windows Media Server for streaming video content.
    Technologies: Flash, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2003 - 2007
    IGN Entertainment Inc.
    • Maintained and managed a collection of different gaming websites.
    • Collected the latest gaming news and updated websites with content using raw HTML and CSS.
    • Worked remotely from the UK while collaborating with colleagues in the USA.
    Technologies: JavaScript, HTML, CSS, HTML4, PHP, PHP 5, ASP

Experience

  • Warner Connect

    Warner Connect is a central product used globally by Warner Music Group as its primary platform for user acquisition and engagement. I was the team leader and lead architect on the project, built using PHP, JavaScript, and Node.js on Google Cloud Platform.

    The finished product can acquire users from various third-party services such as Facebook, Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify. It can also build rich profiles on these users to create highly targeted segments so that teams worldwide can then send tailored and relevant communications to their customers.

  • Playlists.net
    https://playlists.net

    Playlists.net is a community built around sharing and discussing Spotify playlists and currently has over 5 million users.

    The web application is built using PHP and JavaScript (Angular) and uses third-party APIs such as Spotify and Facebook.

  • Topsify
    https://topsify.com

    Topsify is a portal for finding high-quality curated playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Deezer. Users can search and sort through a tailored music collection to find the perfect playlist for a particular occasion.

    The website is built on a PHP back-end API with a JavaScript front end.

  • Homepage Takeover CMS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlglUPLBdHE

    This product is built using Laravel and Angular to create reusable advertisment units for use in the Spotify desktop client.

    The product is used by hundreds of internal users globally and serves over half a billion views annually.

Skills

  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, SQL, HTML5, PHP 5, PHP 7, TypeScript, HTML4, Java, Go
  • Frameworks

    Symfony, Laravel, Zend Engine, Angular, AngularJS, Express.js, ASP
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, React, Spotify API, Deezer API, YouTube API, Google APIs, Twitter API, Node.js, Facebook API
  • Tools

    BigQuery
  • Paradigms

    REST
  • Platforms

    LAMP, Google App Engine, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    MySQL, Google Cloud SQL, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud, Microsoft SQL Server, Google Cloud Spanner
  • Other

    Squarespace

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
    2005 - 2008
    University of Sunderland - Sunderland, England

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