Rob Brown, Developer in Wailuku, HI, United States
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Rob Brown

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Full-stack Developer

Wailuku, HI, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 31, 2018

Robert is a highly motivated professional with enterprise-level experience. With a combination of excellent communication skills and a laser-like focus, Robert is capable of moving big ideas from design stage to implementation. As a full-stack developer, Robert utilizes a wide breadth of skills and knowledge to tackle the specific problem at hand.


Linvest Group LLC
CTO, Architecture, Full-stack, HTML, JavaScript, Cloud, Stripe, APIs, Node.js...
Shopify API, Shopify, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, Liquid, Shopify Plus...
IDEXX Laboratories
AngularJS, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, Node.js, React, Redux...




Preferred Environment

Visual Studio, JetBrains, Sublime Text

The most amazing...

...thing I've worked on is a real-time weather aggregation platform, combining historical and forecasted hourly data for a predictive analysis.

Work Experience

CTO | Lead Developer

2022 - PRESENT
Linvest Group LLC
  • Served as a CTO of a web-based financial services startup for luxury asset platform implementation.
  • Managed a remote core development team. Created tasks, provided guidance, and reviewed progress. Oversaw a team of 6+ consisting of project managers, back-end developers, and UX engineers.
  • Worked with the founder and COO to create requirements and manage estimates, including costs and timelines.
Technologies: CTO, Architecture, Full-stack, HTML, JavaScript, Cloud, Stripe, APIs, Node.js, Fintech Consultant, Management, Agile, User Experience (UX), Next.js, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools

Back-end Developer

2020 - PRESENT
  • Developed a core skincare eCommerce website serving millions of visitors.
  • Worked with the senior developers and eCommerce manager to create estimates.
  • Replicated and replaced third-party services with in-house solutions.
Technologies: Shopify API, Shopify, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, Liquid, Shopify Plus, Back-end Architecture, Back-end, Back-end Development, Ajax, Shopify Customizations, React, GraphQL, Streaming, Full-stack, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools

Senior Software Engineer | Telemedicine Consultant R&D

2017 - PRESENT
IDEXX Laboratories
  • Implemented the external customer-facing web interface for a global telemedicine platform.
  • Used the .NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, Node.js, and AngularJS to write robust APIs and components that scale.
  • Advocated for the .NET SignalR hub to deliver real-time messages and updates between applications which significantly simplified the application logic.
  • Conducted extensive UX work in HTML5 and CSS3 by designing and implementing key features and business metrics on a responsive dashboard.
  • Worked daily in a team with a geographically distributed US-based team in an Agile environment.
  • Focused on messaging within and between various independent components where reliable communication is not guaranteed, and precise timing is critical.
  • Migrated AngularJS SPA to React and Redux, improving performance significantly.
Technologies: AngularJS, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, Node.js, React, Redux, Software Architecture, Responsive, Live Chat, Angular, React Native, Front-end, Technical Leadership, Bootstrap, SQL, REST APIs, Git, Swagger, Windows, CSS3, Windows PowerShell, Technical Reports, Image Processing, Video Players, Sass, JavaScript 6, Themes, Microsoft

Senior Shopify Developer

2023 - 2023
F Syndicate LLC
  • Analyzed Shopify store landing page to increase traffic.
  • Created a new landing page design to maximize conversions.
  • Implemented best practices for software engineering and source control.
Technologies: Shopify, Shopify Customizations, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Full-stack, SEO Tools, Themes

Developer with Shopify API Experience, Consultant

2022 - 2022
Wake Hong Kong Limited
  • Developed a proprietary Shopify integration to interface with embedded IoT devices.
  • Worked with the founder to create and define requirements and estimate costs. Provided consulting services to with embedded systems team.
  • Coordinated business activities across a span of time zones, including Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Ukraine.
Technologies: Shopify API, Shopify, Software Architecture, Full-stack, Shopify Customizations, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools, Themes

Shopify App Expertise

2021 - 2021
IC Group, Inc.
  • Designed a custom private Shopify app to serve customers.
  • Worked directly with the CEO to develop and manage requirements.
  • Provided documentation and consulting for an in-house development team.
Technologies: Shopify API, Shopify, Software Architecture, User Experience (UX), Full-stack, Shopify Customizations, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools, Themes

Shopify Plugin Developer

2020 - 2020
Solydaria, Inc.
  • Developed proprietary Shopify integration to serve exclusive discounts to members.
  • Worked directly with the founder to create requirements and tasks.
  • Leveraged free cloud services to ensure high availability and lower costs.
Technologies: Shopify, Shopify API, Software Architecture, TypeScript, Full-stack, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Senior Engineer

2020 - 2020
Alma Flowers, LLC
  • Developed a Shopify flower delivery website serving the continental US.
  • Worked directly with the CEO and lead designer to develop content.
  • Worked with the project manager to create and update tasks.
Technologies: Shopify Plus, Shopify, Shopify API, Shopify Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools, Themes

Google Analytics | Google Tag Manager Expert

2019 - 2019
  • Reviewed analytics configuration with various stakeholders to understand goals.
  • Worked with in-house analytics leader to gain an understanding of existing solutions.
  • Provided recommendations for future development of analytics services.
Technologies: Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, JavaScript, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Tools

Cryptocurrency Articles Writer

2018 - 2018
  • Created and developed cryptocurrency content for a core website.
  • Researched up-to-date cryptocurrency market news and linked citations.
  • Worked with editors to refine topics and pivot when necessary.
Technologies: Writing & Editing, Ethereum, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Contractor | Telemedicine Consultant R&D

2017 - 2017
IDEXX Laboratories
  • Provided vital contributions to the core Telemedicine platform in the realm of AngularJS and Git.
  • Used in-depth understanding of AngularJS to write quality components and directives that significantly improved responsiveness.
  • Helped design and implement a responsive dashboard for key business metrics.
  • Wrote scripts that facilitated the automated deployment that saved QA testers time when used in combination with Jenkins.
  • Learned how to write performant and robust business logic using Microsoft SQL Server and .NET Framework.
Technologies: Node.js, .NET, Java, AngularJS, Microsoft Power Automate, Business Services, Bootstrap, Bash, Windows PowerShell, RESTful Microservices, Image Processing

Contractor | Hematology Systems R&D

2016 - 2017
IDEXX Laboratories
  • Designed and implemented a RESTful application using Spring Boot, AngularJS, and MySQL.
  • Drafted a migration plan for legacy deprecation. Gathered requirements directly from scientists and incorporated feedback iteratively in an Agile ecosystem.
  • Implemented multiple access level client-side applications in AngularJS.
  • Organized a full migration to AWS EC2 and RDS instances, all within a VPC.
  • Used Python to solve ad-hoc problems and demonstrate early stage software proof-of-concepts.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL, Python, AngularJS, Spring, Java, Microsoft Power Automate, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Flask, Hibernate, Java 7, Java 8, MongoDB, Spring Boot, Bash, RESTful Microservices, H2

Independent Consultant

2016 - 2016
Competitive Energy Services
  • Provided software consulting services and extensive domain knowledge to the in-house team.
  • Utilized multiple channels to ensure excellent communication and alignment of goals; teleconferenced on a frequent basis.
  • Cooperated with the team to facilitate knowledge transfers when necessary.
  • Defined critical defects and helped draft new stories and requirements.
  • Worked hard to ensure software was ready for alpha production deployment. Successfully reached this goal and released ahead of schedule.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, Business Services, Bootstrap, User Experience (UX), Linux

Software Engineer

2015 - 2016
Competitive Energy Services
  • Served as an application architect and technical lead for in-house software projects written in PHP and JavaScript; used PHP for the core REST API.
  • Led the development of the flagship procurement and pricing application.
  • Worked with the pricing team to gather the evolving requirements in an Agile environment.
  • Implemented features and stayed aware of changing requirements.
  • Developed monthly energy usage smoothing and gap-filling algorithm, saving pricing analysts significant time and effort.
  • Worked with energy analysts and CEO to automate solar net-excess generation crediting with the goal of forecasting monthly credits for budgeting purposes.
  • Maintained multiple Linux instances in four different environments.
  • Set up the developer environments with Vagrant including local instances and database connections.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, SQL, Data Visualization, Linux, MongoDB, PHP 7, PHP 5

Data Analyst | Programmer

2014 - 2015
Competitive Energy Services
  • Gathered the historical, current, and forecasted meteorological variables for predictive analysis and demand response. Used data to analyze and predict seasonal temperatures and weather patterns.
  • Collaborated with the lead software engineer to design new procurement and pricing application using JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Focused on creating reusable software components.
  • Designed a high-integrity relational database structure in MySQL. Wrote performant views and queries for reporting purposes.
  • Designed an expense-reporting system for management in PHP.
  • Set up application-level procedures for database migrations between MySQL and Microsoft SQL databases. Facilitated the automated entry of data, passed through the service layer, in order to enforce business rules.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, PHP 7, PHP 5

IT Intern

2014 - 2014
Competitive Energy Services
  • Automated monthly supplier payments billing cycle using PHP and MySQL. Ran payment programs on a monthly basis and adjusted conditional business logic through a web interface.
  • Wrote PHP scripts to automate analyst and pricing workflows.
  • Learned how to implement various Git workflows and when you'd choose one workflow over another.
  • Collaborated with a lead software engineer to develop early stages of pricing and procurement software API, and to gain an understanding of the domain and legacy solution.
  • Worked with a systems engineer to gain an understanding of network security and maintainable infrastructure, including AWS.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, WebRTC, PHP 5, Microsoft

File Uploader
A simple file upload REST API with a minimal AngularJS front-end. Uses the Spring Framework and maintains a clear separation between API and UI. Useful for bulk uploading files, such as high-fidelity medical images, to a remote server.

SVG Outliner

A project that generates SVG outline renditions given an input image able to create image renditions of all sizes. The SVGs can then be size-normalized then converted back to source image format as input for machine learning.

IDEXX Laboratories

I worked as a full-stack developer for IDEXX Laboratories. I leveraged my knowledge of back-end systems and front-end software development to create modern, streamlined application workflows with high availability for medical professionals.

IDEXX Laboratories

I worked as a full-stack developer for Hematology Systems. I developed custom applications and ad-hoc software solutions. I also provided valuable software engineering skills to an in-house team of scientists.

Competitive Energy Services

I was a full-stack developer for various projects, including an in-house pricing and procurement system. I fleshed out early ideas into production-ready solutions for a team of energy industry experts.

HTML5 WebSockets Chat Server
An implementation of an HTML5 WebSockets chat server using Express created for a proprietary software tool. I used WebSockets to enable peer-to-peer communication between software clients and facilitate real-time communication.

Kahele Maui
A Shopify site for luxury handbags made in Maui. This is an example of a small site I did alone, working directly with the client to gather requirements and create a working design. The end result is a compliment to the client's brick-and-mortar store and online presence.

Private Shopify App

Built a private Shopify app using Node.js as the server-side language. The application facilitated communication between Shopify stores, a mobile application, low-code databases, and various 3rd-party services.
2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in Finance

University of Maine - Orono, ME, USA


Grow with Google Challenge Scholarship



Machine Learning



Shopify API, jQuery, SignalR, Node.js, Liquid, React, REST APIs, Web Worker, Stripe, WebRTC


Git, Shopify Plus, Sublime Text, JetBrains, Visual Studio, RabbitMQ, Google Analytics


Swagger, Flask, Express.js, .NET Core, .NET, AngularJS, Redux, Angular, Bootstrap, Next.js, Hibernate, React Native, Material UI, Spring, ASP.NET, Spring Boot, Windows PowerShell


Java, HTML, CSS, HTML5, C#, JavaScript, SQL, Sass, JavaScript 6, CSS3, Java 7, Java 8, GraphQL, TypeScript, PHP, C++, Python, PHP 5, Bash, PHP 7


Responsive, REST, Agile, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Functional Programming, Back-end Architecture, Management


Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Shopify, Microsoft Power Automate, Microsoft, Ethereum, Linux, Windows, Blockchain


Google Cloud, MongoDB, MySQL, H2, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, Redis, PostgreSQL


RESTful Microservices, Full-stack, Software Architecture, APIs, Image Processing, Shopify Design, Technical Reports, Architecture, Shopify Customizations, Front-end, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), User Experience (UX), Data Visualization, SEO Tools, Themes, Ajax, Writing & Editing, Cryptocurrency, CTO, Business Services, Technical Leadership, Low Code, Video Players, Streaming, Offline Web Applications, Service Workers, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Regression, Business Administration, WebSockets, ERC-20, Back-end, Back-end Development, Google Tag Manager, Cloud, Machine Vision, Fintech Consultant, Live Chat, SVG

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