Mike Urbach, Software Developer in Denver, CO, United States
Mike Urbach

Software Developer in Denver, CO, United States

Member since February 13, 2020
Mike has designed and implemented high-performance systems his entire career. Working at the intersection of data ingestion, processing, storage, and retrieval, he is an expert in building products fueled by big data. His work has powered life-saving tools and been awarded multiple patents.
Mike is now available for hire


  • Banjo
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Flink, RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka...
  • Heyzap
    Redis, Protobuf, Redshift, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), RabbitMQ, MySQL, iOS...



Denver, CO, United States



Preferred Environment

Racket, Go, Lua, Elixir, Scala, Python, Ruby, Java

The most amazing...

...system I've developed could ingest, normalize, process, and annotate any type of text, image, video, or audio data, to detect emergencies in real-time.


  • Software Engineer, Project Lead, and Platform Architect

    2015 - 2019
    • Helped lead migration away from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a service-oriented architecture using Kubernetes for orchestration and Kafka for a message bus.
    • Led efforts to ingest public social media into a system composed of a dozen services that processed up to 5,000 messages per second.
    • Helped design the next generation data ingestion system capable of ingesting and normalizing private signals from any partner, and enforcing authorization rules.
    • Helped design and implement a data API capable of providing filtered streams of events to thousands of customers with under 200 milliseconds of latency and 99.9% availability.
    • Led design and implementation of a rules engine to process complex rules about streams of events and send notifications to customers in real-time.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Flink, RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Memcached, Redis, Python, Ruby, Java
  • Software Engineer

    2014 - 2015
    • Developed ad conversion rate prediction systems using Java microservices that made thousands of predictions per second and updated models online.
    • Worked on a Ruby on Rails app that rendered ads with under 100 milliseconds of latency to end users and displayed dashboards to customers and internal users.
    • Added modules to an iOS SDK to support mediating third-party ads and tracking internal metrics.
    Technologies: Redis, Protobuf, Redshift, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), RabbitMQ, MySQL, iOS, JavaScript, Ruby, Java


  • Banjo Live-time Platform

    A real-time platform that consumes the world's signals, detects emergencies, and provides enriched context to decision-makers. I started as a junior software engineer on the platform team and grew into the roles of senior engineer, and project lead and platform architect. I worked with the platform team, other teams' leads, product managers, project managers, quality assurance, and executives to design, implement, and verify dozens of core systems that solved different business needs over the years.

  • Elixir Kafka Client

    In late 2016, I was dissatisfied with the currently available clients for connecting to a Kafka cluster with the Elixir programming language, and I created my own from scratch. I used it as an opportunity to learn both the Kafka protocol and how to build a moderately complex, high-performance Elixir application. To my knowledge, it was the first Elixir Kafka client to use a GenStage design until the official client from the core Elixir team was developed in 2019. This makes it seamlessly compatible with the Flow and Broadway libraries for Elixir in a way other clients are not.


  • Languages

    Java, Ruby, Python, Elixir, Racket, GraphQL, Scala, Lua, JavaScript, Haskell, Go
  • Tools

    RabbitMQ, Flink, NGINX
  • Paradigms

    Functional Programming
  • Platforms

    Apache Kafka, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), iOS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Storage

    Memcached, Redis, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Redshift
  • Other

    Prometheus, Geospatial Data, Stream Processing
  • Frameworks

  • Libraries/APIs



  • Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Engineering
    2010 - 2014
    Dartmouth College - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

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