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Robert A Kinyon, Software Developer in New York, NY, United States
Robert A Kinyon

Software Developer in New York, NY, United States

Member since July 10, 2018
Robert has been in IT for over 20 years, playing nearly every position on the IT infield - from development to QA to DBA and now devops. Through every project, the unifying thread has always been making everyone around him 10x more effective by finding and removing the key friction points.
Robert is now available for hire


  • Roivant Sciences
    Ruby, Chef, AWS, Vagrant, Terraform, Packer, Vault, Jenkins, Python, NodeJS...
  • Spotify
    Python, LDAP, SAML, Linux, Okta, Workday, Coupa
  • Greenfish Bluefish
    Devops, Ruby, Python, Agile Transformation


  • Linux, 20 years
  • Perl, 20 years
  • Chef, 10 years
  • Puppet, 9 years
  • Ruby, 7 years
  • Python, 7 years
  • Terraform, 5 years
  • Docker, 5 years
New York, NY, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux, Git, gVim, Ruby, Perl, Python

The most amazing...

...project I had built was a relational database that versioned data just like Git version software.


  • Head of Devops

    2018 - PRESENT
    Roivant Sciences
    • Created a devops team.
    • Trained other developers.
    • Built a complete operations infrastructure from scratch.
    • Enabled developers to deploy over 10x/week without devops intervention.
    Technologies: Ruby, Chef, AWS, Vagrant, Terraform, Packer, Vault, Jenkins, Python, NodeJS, Okta, SAML
  • SRE

    2017 - 2018
    • Managed Okta installation, onboarding 300+ apps.
    • Built Workday/LDAP/Okta integration for on- and off-boarding automation.
    • Designed framework for further integrations to Workday, LDAP, and Okta.
    • Supported custom Okta/Coupa integration.
    Technologies: Python, LDAP, SAML, Linux, Okta, Workday, Coupa
  • Owner

    2014 - 2017
    Greenfish Bluefish
    • Built a consulting company with over six clients.
    • Led agile transformations in all clients.
    • Led devops transformations in most clients.
    • Built a devops practice at a regional consulting company.
    • Trained multiple sysadmins and developers as devops engineers.
    Technologies: Devops, Ruby, Python, Agile Transformation
  • Vice President

    2013 - 2014
    JP Morgan Chase
    • Designed operational processes for 240 NodeJS developers building the new site.
    • Architected NodeJS repository management for handling security issues.
    • Built team to manage said operational processes.
    • Mentored existing devops team on new processes, procedures, and methods.
    Technologies: Ruby, Puppet, Bash, Linux, RPM, NodeJS, Devops
  • Lead Engineer

    2012 - 2013
    • Led team launching on over 1,000 EC2 instances in three months.
    • Built back-ends for to interface with over a dozen social sites using asynchronous Python.
    • Ran a globally-distributed team across four timezones.
    Technologies: Python, Twisted, Ruby, Perl, MySQL, AWS
  • Head of ETL

    2009 - 2012
    Grant Street Group
    • Ran ETL team for two years, overseeing the onboarding of Miami-Dade county.
    • Architected new ETL process allowing application code to be used instead of hand-crafted SQL.
    • Worked on million-plus line Perl application.
    • Created Cucumber-based startup for QA automation.
    Technologies: Perl, SQL, MySQL, Oracle, Linux, ETL
  • Consultant

    1999 - 2008
    Consulting (various)
    • Designed and built data collection and ETL platform to ingest network maps from merged mobile operators.
    • Maintained and extended application used to test mobile base stations by mimicking the network traffic from the telephone network.
    • Designed and built reporting application that responded to changes in under two seconds. This required creating a denormalized reporting database.
    • Co-founded startup to deliver a mapping application for roleplaying games where the users could create and edit maps in the browser.
    • Co-founded startup to deliver a relational database where data changes were automatically tracked just like Git does for source code.
    • In all cases, I make hard things easy and impossible things merely hard.
    Technologies: Perl, MySQL, Oracle, Python, Javascript, Ruby, Bash, Linux, ETL



  • Languages

    Ruby, Python, Python 3, Perl, Bash, Bash Script, SAML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Sinatra, Flask, Express.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Tools

    Rake, Vagrant, Chef, Terraform, AWS SDK, Docker Compose, Packer, Puppet, Cucumber, Jira, AWS ECR, AWS ECS, Confluence
  • Paradigms

    Agile, REST
  • Platforms

    Docker, Linux, Apache2, Oracle
  • Storage

  • Other

    Deployment, Development, QA Automation, Software QA, Ruby Gems, Agile Transformation, Software Development, Bash Scripting, Networks, Agile Sprints
  • Libraries/APIs



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics
    1993 - 1998
    Ripon College - Ripon, WI
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