Nick Kuhn, Developer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Nick Kuhn

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Software Developer

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 10, 2017

Nick has over a decade of Drupal experience and has built some of the largest and most recognized Drupal websites such as and With a very wide skillset, he fits in perfectly with any sized team, and in any role. He has worked with Acquia and developed several of the best practices the community uses today. With over 50 projects under his belt, he has the real-life experience needed to make applications successful.


Amazon Web Services (AWS), MongoDB, Swift, Node.js, Amazon Aurora...
Sass, PHP, Jenkins, Akamai, Drupal
Git, Magento, WordPress, Sitecore, PHP, Python, HTML, Sass, MySQL, JavaScript...




Preferred Environment

Git, Vagrant

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded was the sorting algorithm.

Work Experience

Chief Technology Officer

2014 - 2017
  • Oversaw all technical matters at FantasyAces, a publicly traded company in the brand new Daily Fantasy Sports industry.
  • Developed several new performance upgrades that put the website on a scalable track.
  • Developed an iOS app with a local agency, managed several remote developers, and made strategic decisions.
  • Handled regulatory requests and developed cost saving solutions that kept us in line with new legislation.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), MongoDB, Swift, Node.js, Amazon Aurora, Relational Database Services (RDS), Varnish, Memcached, Jenkins, Laravel, Sass, CSS, PHP

Sr. Manager, Web Development

2014 - 2014
  • Working under the Director of Technology, managed all development for the web properties under the umbrella of FOX Broadcast (
  • Helped architect the 2014 redesign (Drupal 7) and managed the development of sponsorship pages as well as other internal projects.
  • While managing three separate development vendors, I still did hands on development (back and front-end).
Technologies: Sass, PHP, Jenkins, Akamai, Drupal

Software Manager

2012 - 2014
  • Worked as the sole Drupal developer at a large digital agency.
  • Built single-handedly.
  • Worked on various high traffic / visibility brand websites such as,,, and
  • Launched the Saints Row IV community site upgrade.
  • Gained a lot of experience using Zend Framework.
Technologies: Git, Magento, WordPress, Sitecore, PHP, Python, HTML, Sass, MySQL, JavaScript, Vagrant, Zend Framework, Drupal

Technical Director

2012 - 2012
  • Made all technical related decisions such as hosting, hiring contractors, integrating third party technologies, and leading any new projects. This work was done for an extremely high traffic website and in a high paced environment (over 1.6 million unique visitors per month).
  • Operated as the key developer in all projects, providing support in a 24/7 news environment.
  • Developed several new systems to simplify advertising and worked with Ad Ops to increase revenue.
Technologies: Memcached, Varnish, Acquia, MySQL, HTML, CSS, PHP, Drupal

Sr. Drupal Developer

2010 - 2012
  • Worked in a team that developed the Employee Engagement platform, as well as several other nonprofit based projects.
  • Helped to both mentor junior developers and architect daily solutions to the platform we were building.
  • Participated in various non-profit fundraisers and helped contribute to the Tycoon Drupal 7 module.
Technologies: Git, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML, CSS, PHP, Drupal

Web Engineer

2009 - 2010
Achieve Internet
  • Worked on enterprise level Drupal development, including building several large / complex systems for high-end media outlets and corporations.
  • Participated in local Drupal community.
Technologies: Git, JavaScript, Subversion (SVN), HTML, Drupal, MySQL, CSS, PHP

Drupal 7, localized, Google Maps 3.0 (one of the first enterprise websites to implement this in Drupal if I am not mistaken). Handled front-end, back-end, and assisted in system architecture. Architected localization solution.

Drupal 7 website, fully responsive redesign. I did everything from front and back-end coding to management and architecture.

Drupal 7 Commerce website, serving thousands of costumers per day. The site has high traffic, and a very customized design. I primarily did back-end development on this project.


This was a refit for the Saints Row 4 release, which involved content, design, and functionality updates. This is a Zend application, connecting to several different services (mostly ONESite for CMS / user functionality), and it is also localized. The challenges of this website was dealing with the ONESite CMS, and handling localization.

American Idol
Sub site of, American Idol is the show page handling voting and other related information. I helped architect the final solution, essentially creating a pseudo multi site installation and using voting applications built for classic fox to reduce cost / time. The site launched on time, and works very well within the new umbrella of Drupal since the content entry is along side any other show. The work was done in a way that any show can be utilized as a 'stand alone' website, to further add to the flexibility of our new ecosystem.

Berkshire Innovation Center

Drupal 7 running on, this was the first time I had used and I think it might be the future of DevOps. Worked in small team to build phase 3 of the project

This is the third version of the website, v2.0 and v3.0 I worked on personally. This version is unique due to its implementation of both nonprofit and corporate 'realms', which separate the functionality and experience based on the user's profession. They are essentially two completely different websites that combine into a seamless experience. (Peel the Love)

Peel the Love was a marketing campaign for, and essentially existed as a landing page within the Sitecore CMS based website. The main page was comprised of two separate pages: desktop and mobile. The mobile page was a separate experience, and was optimized for handheld devices. I built both pages in their entirety but did not design them.

Fantasy Aces

The Fantasy Aces project worked around a purely custom PHP framework. I came in to the startup to move the company to the next level. My first task was to migrate servers, from a single Media Temple instance to a clustered system. After only 2 weeks I had built an 8 server cluster on AWS that incorporated a dedicated memcached server, Varnish load balancer, and Jenkins deployment server. I set up a baseline for project management in the small company, by setting up a JIRA instance and teaching the employees how to use the system. Leading the team of developers, my tasks transferred to a combined manager and hands on developer role.


This project combined MEAN and Drupal, one of the most complex systems I have ever worked in. Drupal was used (headless) as a CMS, and the entered content was fed to MongoDB and displayed via the Node.js app. I helped with maintenance and releasing the Fall Preview learning sections. This was my first enterprise level Node.js application


Sass, CSS3, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP, HTML5, Python, Swift


Drupal Commerce, Zend Framework, Laravel


jQuery, Backbone.js, Drupal API, TensorFlow, SoundCloud API, Brightcove API, Node.js


Gulp, NGINX, Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), NPM, Grunt, Subversion (SVN), Mailchimp, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Jenkins, Varnish, Vagrant, Git, OneSite




New Relic, Apache2, Acquia, Drupal 6, Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL, Memcached, Amazon Aurora, MongoDB


Ajax, RSync, Front-end Development, AdJuggler, Sitecore, Akamai, Relational Database Services (RDS)

2004 - 2009

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

University of California, Riverside - Riverside, CA