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Thilo Rusche, Ruby on Rails Developer in Dublin, Ireland
Thilo Rusche

Ruby on Rails Developer in Dublin, Ireland

Member since November 18, 2016
Thilo has helped startups succeed with technology for almost two decades as an early-stage employee, consultant, and co-founder. His specialty is building web applications, but he has extensive experience and interest in many other fields, from text messaging to mobile apps and user experience.
Thilo is now available for hire



  • DevOps, 20 years
  • JavaScript, 20 years
  • Software Architecture, 20 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 10 years
  • API Design, 10 years
  • CTO, 10 years
  • Agile Product Management, 10 years
  • Ruby, 10 years
Dublin, Ireland



Preferred Environment

OS X or Linux, Sublime Text or Vim, Git, GitHub

The most amazing...

...system I've built is a text message exchange platform that gained astounding reach, ultimately handling billions of cross-carrier messages per month in the US.


  • Co-Founder & CTO

    2016 - PRESENT
    Optimise Logistics
    • Built the web platform from the ground up using Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL.
    • Designed, specified, and managed the development of our first version mobile app by a contractor.
    • Designed and built a secure API to connect the mobile app.
    • Defined and managed the technical product roadmap.
    • Built and managed a small technical team of two developers and one designer.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Ionic, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, AWS, Sidekiq, Ansible, Twilio
  • Co-Founder & CTO

    2012 - PRESENT
    Travel Mobile, LLC
    • Designed and developed a Ruby on Rails application to facilitate the sale and activation of SIM cards.
    • Configured and maintained staging and production environments on Rackspace and later on AWS EC2.
    • Performed continuous Rails upgrades from v3.2 through to the latest version at the time (5.0).
    • Integrated with payment gateways from Stripe and Braintree Payments.
    • Implemented multi-language support with full editing capability for non-technical team members.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, MySQL, AWS, Redis, I18n
  • Co-founder & CTO

    2008 - 2016
    LegitScript, LLC
    • Built the initial platform for tracking illegal online pharmacies from scratch, learning Ruby on Rails along the way.
    • Designed and developed multiple features and ancillary applications to support the growing internal analyst staff.
    • Supervised a team of up to fifteen software developers and sysadmins.
    • Provided product development and project management for all technical products and projects.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Software Development Consultant

    2008 - 2011
    • Designed, built, and maintained a Ruby on Rails application to manage recordings of telephone calls. Included full-stack system administration of a high-availability platform hosted with Rackspace.
    • Evaluated and presented findings on a web application built in PHP by a third party for security and quality.
    • Built, deployed, and maintained a custom data processing web application in Ruby on Rails, deployed with Apache on my private cloud-based Linux server.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL, Asterisk
  • Web Manager

    2007 - 2008
    Unity 08
    • Helped scale the Drupal-based platform to support tens of thousands of concurrent users.
    • Involved in all parts of the system, including writing my first and only Facebook app.
    Technologies: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Drupal, Facebook API
  • Lead Software Engineer

    2006 - 2007
    Hook Mobile
    • Built the initial platform for this provider of multimedia messaging services, a trading card system, from scratch to production launch with a campaign for CBS’ Survivor, on a LAMP stack.
    Technologies: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP
  • Chief Technologist

    2005 - 2006
    762 Wireless
    • Took over an existing PHP codebase from a consultant and revamped it to modern production standards.
    • Built up a small team.
    Technologies: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP
  • Director, Application Development

    2001 - 2005
    Mobile 365
    • Led the design and system architecture of the core technology platform as well as several rapid prototypes exploring new areas of business.
    • Wrote and maintained software to extend and adapt the licensed technology for the particulars of the US market.
    • Led a team of five developers in maintaining and extending the platform.
    • Performed technical evaluation and due diligence in preparation of a merge with another company.
    • Implemented low-level protocol stacks (SMPP, EMI/UCP) in C++ and Java cross-platform for Windows, Solaris, and Linux.
    Technologies: Windows NT, Solaris, Linux, C++, Java, HTML/CSS, PHP, Oracle, MySQL, SwiftMQ
  • Software Developer

    1998 - 2000
    Netlife AG
    • Developed web interfaces for several banks, using a custom CGI stack written in C++.
    • Created back-end elements, including the first of many verbose log files developed throughout my career.
    Technologies: C++, HTML/CSS, Oracle, Tcl/Tk, Python, Apache, Solaris



  • Languages

    HTML/CSS, SQL, Haml, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, Java, C++
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Factory Girl, Sinatra
  • Libraries/APIs

    ActiveRecord, Ruby on Rails API, Devise, Pundit, jQuery, Stripe
  • Tools

    RSpec, MySQL Performance Tuning, Vagrant, Git, Apache, GitHub, Nginx, Puppet, Ansible
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Rapid Prototyping, REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), DevOps, Agile Product Management
  • Other

    Web Servers, Web App Security, i18n, Technical Project Management, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Software Architecture, Proof-of-Concept, CTO, Technical Product Management, API Design, Internationalization, UX Prototyping, Security
  • Platforms

    Linux, AWS EC2, MacOS
  • Storage

    MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis, PostgreSQL


  • Master of Science degree in Software Engineering
    2000 - 2000
    George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Informatics
    1993 - 1999
    Universität Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany
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