Nathan Broadbent, Developer in Auckland, New Zealand
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Nathan Broadbent

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Software Developer

Auckland, New Zealand
Toptal Member Since
May 29, 2015

Nathan has been developing web applications with Ruby on Rails since 2009 and iOS applications with Swift since 2015. He can pick up new programming languages or frameworks very quickly and is comfortable with a wide variety of technologies. Nathan is passionate about solving problems with elegant and maintainable code and delivers high-quality work on time.


Amazon Web Services (AWS), React, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, JavaScript...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Parse, Swift, iOS, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
Crossroads Foundation
Ruby on Rails (RoR), MYOB




Preferred Environment

Chrome, ITerm, Xcode, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Figma, Bash, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Heroku

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a Raspberry Pi-controlled microwave oven, programmed using C, Java, and Ruby.

Work Experience

Founder | CEO

2017 - PRESENT
  • Designed and built the DocSpring application with Ruby on Rails and React.
  • Managed marketing, support, enterprise sales, and all other customer-facing activities.
  • Migrated the application from Heroku to AWS and managed infrastructure, security, and monitoring.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), React, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, JavaScript, TypeScript

Co-founder | CTO

2014 - PRESENT
  • Architected the HDWR iOS application and back end.
  • Set up a media transcoding pipeline on AWS.
  • Wrote back-end services in Rails and Parse cloud code.
  • Created unit and acceptance tests for the iOS app using Quick and KIF.
  • Managed the project and other developers on the team.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Parse, Swift, iOS, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Software Engineer

2009 - 2012
Crossroads Foundation
  • Built an integration to synchronize Spree and MYOB.
  • Maintained and improved Errbit, an open-source error tracker.
  • Maintained and added many features to Fat Free CRM (open source CRM software written with Ruby on Rails).
  • Built a time-tracking service for volunteers, including a physical terminal with a hardware octopus card reader.
  • Built and maintained an online store to sell fair trade products using Spree.
  • Achieved and maintained PCI compliance for our online store.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), MYOB

SCM Breeze
SCM Breeze is a set of shell scripts (for bash and zsh) that enhance your interaction with Git. It integrates with your shell to give you numbered file shortcuts, a repository index with tab completion, and many other useful features.

It is my most popular project on GitHub, with over 1,000 stars.

Raspberry Pi Powered Microwave
I built a prototype for a smart, internet-connected microwave using a Raspberry Pi computer. I added features such as internet connectivity, smartphone control, voice recognition, and a barcode scanner.

I wrote the software using Ruby, C, and Java.


I worked as a consultant for FolioHD during 2015. I helped to fix many bugs, as well as working on new features, such as an improved theme editor.

I built the DocSpring web application with Ruby on Rails and React. DocSpring provides a PDF generation API for developers. I also built automatic web form generation, e-signatures, and many other features.

I built a mobile game using React Native (one codebase for iPhone, Android, Windows, and web).

iCloud Photos Downloader
I built a command-line tool to download photos and videos from iCloud.


React Native for Web, Sidekiq, React, Backbone.js, jQuery, REST APIs, Node.js, Ruby on Rails API, Vue


Git, RSpec, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Terraform, Ansible, SaltStack, Chef, Capistrano, Xcode, Visual Studio, ITerm, Sketch, Figma, Flow


Ruby on Rails (RoR), React Native, Ruby on Rails 5, Ruby on Rails 4, Ruby on Rails 3, Ember.js, Chrome, AngularJS


JavaScript, Swift 2, Swift 3, HTML, Bash, CSS, CoffeeScript, Ruby, ECMAScript (ES6), ES5, Python, Swift, Go, Objective-C, SQL, C, TypeScript


Amazon EC2, Docker, Heroku, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Parse, Ubuntu, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon, iOS, CentOS, Rackspace, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Redis, PostgreSQL, Memcached, MongoDB, MySQL


Agile Software Development


Software Development, Regular Expressions, Text Processing, APIs, MYOB

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