Phil Meta, Developer in Austin, TX, United States
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Phil Meta

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Software Developer

Austin, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 19, 2015

Phil is a full-stack engineer specializing in front-end development. He has a keen eye for UI design as well as a strong math and computer science background. He has several years of professional experience, ranging from small contract jobs to longer term roles such as one of the lead developers for Groupon's Merchant Center. He is passionate about well-designed code and adheres to the practices of Agile development, DRY, and modularization.


Clustrix (via TopTal)
Ruby on Rails (RoR), D3.js, JavaScript, CSS, HTML
Sass, Handlebars, Raphaël, Backbone.js, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
Centauri Medical (now Leaf Healthcare)
Raphaël, Backbone.js, JavaScript, MySQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR)




Preferred Environment

MacOS, Terminal, Chrome, Sublime Text

The most amazing... I've built uses genetic algorithms and other stochastic techniques to find optimal 2D representations of undirected graphs

Work Experience

Web Developer

2015 - 2016
Clustrix (via TopTal)
  • Built the front-end for a comprehensive dashboard for database customers.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), D3.js, JavaScript, CSS, HTML

Software Engineer - Front-end

2011 - 2013
  • Helped design the architecture for and implement the new Merchant Center.
  • Created a customizable charting framework with Raphael.js to match the new Merchant Center L&F.
  • Created an interactive impact report for merchants to visualize their deal's ROI.
  • Helped design and create the redemption center with added support for barcode scanners and bulk redemption from CSV.
  • Assisted in the internationalization of the Merchant Center.
  • Helped create the Merchant Center Demo site for prospective merchants.
Technologies: Sass, Handlebars, Raphaël, Backbone.js, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Contract Employee

2011 - 2012
Centauri Medical (now Leaf Healthcare)
  • Designed and developed the front-end system for hospitals to monitor patients with Leaf devices.
  • Created a tabular interface for monitoring multiple patients in groups, such as by floor or hospital wing.
  • Created a real-time updating chart for monitoring the device activity for a given patient.
  • Created an automatic data generation and simulation tool for testing and development.
  • Helped identify use-case scenarios for the leaf medical device.
Technologies: Raphaël, Backbone.js, JavaScript, MySQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Clustrix GUI
An interactive dashboard for customers of Clustrix. Allows the monitoring and modification of their database with advanced charting, analytics, and querying capabilities. Features a clean UI built on bootstrap, custom charting built with D3, and a robust back-end with Ruby on Rails.

Groupon Merchant Center

A place for Groupon's merchants to view analytics about their deals performance, customer feedback, payment information, and more.

Core front-end developer from 2011-2013


A web application demo of the EvoGraph project, using stochastic optimization to come up with 2D drawings of undirected graphs.


A demo of the charting and technical analysis software I created to help me with my automated stock-trading program.
2010 - 2011

Master's Degree in Software Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley - Mountain View, CA

2006 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis


jQuery, Node.js, D3.js, Backbone.js, Handlebars, HTML5 Canvas, REST APIs, Google Maps, Raphaël


Adobe Photoshop, Git, Stylus, Sketch, Sublime Text, Terminal, Adobe Illustrator, Mercurial, Mongoose, Google Analytics


Angular, Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Express.js, Chrome


HTML, CSS, Pug, CSS3, HTML5, Sass, Less, SCSS, Haml, JavaScript, C#, Python, Java, SQL


MacOS, OpenShift, Heroku


Responsive Web Design (RWD), Agile Software Development, JavaScript MV* Framework, Continuous Integration (CI), Functional Programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


MongoDB, SQLite, NoSQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)


PSD Slicing, Software Development, Front-end Development, Cloudinary

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