Steve Fox, Developer in Dallas, TX, United States
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Steve Fox

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Big Data Architecture Developer

Dallas, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
August 21, 2019

Steve is a certified AWS solution architect professional with big data and machine learning speciality certifications. He has a diverse background, and experience architecting, building, and operating big data machine learning applications in AWS. Steve has held roles from technical contributor to CTO and CEO.


Fox Group
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Amazon DynamoDB, Redshift, Amazon Athena...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, GraphQL, ECS, Docker, Amazon DynamoDB...
Quest Software (Acquired by Dell)
Customer Experience Management, Java, Architecture, Management, Docker, APIs




Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, Docker, Git, WebStorm, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've built was a machine learning-based AWS cost-optimization service that dynamically right-sizes instance types, and leverages spot instances.

Work Experience

Independent Consultant

2019 - PRESENT
Fox Group
  • Oversaw the ETL development and operation for a Fortune 100 client to process millions of point-of-sale transactions daily. Technologies leveraged: Kinesis, Lambda, EMR, Glue, Athena, Python, PySpark, Aurora, and Redshift.
  • Spearheaded the DynamoDb Global Index design and abstraction to Node.js interface for integration with a medical scheduling web application.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Amazon DynamoDB, Redshift, Amazon Athena, AWS Glue, Amazon Kinesis, EMR, AWS Lambda, Architecture, JavaScript, Full-stack, Data Science, Jupyter Notebook, Docker, Amazon SageMaker, Serverless, PostgreSQL, APIs, Selenium, OpenAI GPT-3 API

Founder, CEO

2016 - PRESENT
  • Conceived, architected, developed, deployed, and operated AutoScalr AWS Marketplace SaaS service for cost-optimizing auto-scaled workloads. I used advanced machine learning to determine the most cost-effective cluster to power a specific workload by leveraging different instance types, a blend of spot instances, and predictive analytics to ensure operational requirements are met.
  • Built the UI in React powered by GraphQL and AWS Amplify leveraging DynamoDb for persistence.
  • Presented at DevOps Days in Dallas, Rio de Janeiro, and Florianópolis. Average client savings of over 50% of monthly AWS spend.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, GraphQL, ECS, Docker, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Lambda, Machine Learning, Architecture, Management, JavaScript, React, AWS Amplify, AWS AppSync, Full-stack, Apache Velocity, Amazon Cognito, Bootstrap, Data Science, Jupyter Notebook, Amazon SageMaker, Serverless, PostgreSQL, APIs

Product Manager

2007 - 2016
Quest Software (Acquired by Dell)
  • Managed a multi-million dollar product line of SaaS APM products hosted on AWS.
  • Interfaced with customers, drove product direction, and guided engineering teams with an Agile development approach.
  • Presented at multiple conferences, including Keynote Speaker at Mobile+Web DevCon: San Francisco 2015, and break-out session at Velocity Santa Clara 2014.
Technologies: Customer Experience Management, Java, Architecture, Management, Docker, APIs

Systems Engineer

2005 - 2006
Tealeaf (Acquired by IBM)
  • Ran the technical pre-sales interaction with prospective customers, including demonstrations and on-site proof-of-concepts.
  • Met or exceeded quota targets on a consistent basis.
Technologies: Web, HTML, Networking, Architecture


2002 - 2004
  • Developed voice recognition and the website bot.
  • Co-founded company.
  • Won the Best of Show award from the Dallas Call Center convention in 2003.
Technologies: Telephony, NATURAL, Voice Recognition, JavaScript

Solutions Architect

1999 - 2001
  • Developed customer presentations, demonstrations, and proof of concepts.
Technologies: Web, Content Management

Account Manager

1996 - 1999
  • Managed the central US territory for object-oriented database technology.
  • Met or exceeded quota on a consistent basis.
Technologies: NoSQL

Development Manager

1990 - 1993
  • Managed the specification and development of an electrical power system simulation software for optimizing International Space Station mission plans.
  • Conducted R&D for shuttle operations that reduced operational costs.
Technologies: Unix, Linux, C++

Machine learning-based cost optimization service available on the AWS Marketplace automatically manages your autoscaled loads to be the most cost-effective while meeting your performance and availability requirements.

Data Engineering Project

Set up Snowflake and CI/CD pipelines for configuration management. Designed and built ELT pipelines for multiple data sources to support automated ingest of each data source. Optimized Snowflake configuration for cost.
1985 - 1989

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington, Texas, USA

AUGUST 2020 - AUGUST 2022

SnowPro Core Certification

Snowflake, Inc.

JULY 2019 - JULY 2022

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

JULY 2019 - JULY 2022

AWS Certified Machine Learning - Speciality

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

JULY 2019 - JULY 2022

AWS Big Data - Speciality

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


AWS Certified Developer - Associate

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Node.js, Amazon EC2 API, React, AWS Amplify, PySpark


Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS Step Functions, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), AWS Glue, Amazon SageMaker, AWS IAM, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Amazon EKS, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Athena, AWS AppSync, Amazon Cognito, WebStorm, Git, Amazon QuickSight, Amazon CloudFront CDN, AWS Key Management Service (KMS), GitLab CI/CD, Terraform, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CloudTrail, Jira, Amazon EBS, Amazon Firewall


JavaScript, Python, Python 3, TypeScript 3, GraphQL, HTML, NATURAL, Snowflake, TypeScript, Java, C++, Go, SQL


Web Architecture, Test-driven Development (TDD), Design Patterns, ETL, ETL Implementation & Design, Microservices Architecture, Data Science, Microservices, Management


Docker, AWS Lambda, Amazon EC2, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Jupyter Notebook, Linux, Web, Unix, AWS IoT


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon DynamoDB, Data Pipelines, Redis, MongoDB, Databases, MySQL, PostgreSQL, NoSQL, AWS Data Pipeline Service, Redshift


Spark, Apache Velocity, Selenium, Angular, Bootstrap


Software Development, Data Modeling, Analytics, Amazon Machine Learning, APM, Autoscaling, Front-end Development, Full-stack, Serverless, AWS Cloud Architecture, Data Engineering, Data Architecture, Data Warehousing, Data Warehouse Design, Amazon Kinesis, Big Data Architecture, Amazon Route 53, Domain-driven Design (DDD), Amazon API Gateway, Elastic Load Balancers, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Security Groups, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Analysis, Data Analytics, Architecture, APIs, ECS, Customer Experience Management, Networking, Voice Recognition, Telephony, Content Management, EMR, AWS CodePipeline, AWS X-Ray, AWS Database Migration Service (DMS), Amazon Machine Images (AMI), Fault Tolerance, OpenAI GPT-3 API

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