Zach Taylor, Software Developer in New York, NY, United States
Zach Taylor

Software Developer in New York, NY, United States

Member since July 31, 2016
Zach has degrees in engineering and interactive media. His work has allowed him to work with a lot of different technologies for the front-end and back-end. He's worked in all types of environments ranging from universities to tech startups to artist studios to ad agencies.
Zach is now available for hire




New York, NY, United States



Preferred Environment

I default to Sublime Text with Git Version Control

The most amazing...

...project I've built might have been a high-performance bidding system, but my favorite is the robot that waters my plants.


  • Lead Engineer

    2017 - PRESENT
    Life with Robots
    • Designed and built small robots to demonstrate educational concepts.
    • Edited video content developed for a web series.
    Technologies: Arduino, 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, Python, XBee
  • Lead Developer

    2016 - PRESENT
    Prohaska Consulting
    • Configured ad units to improve delivery time and audience targeting.
    • Conducted due diligence for third-party clients building ad servers and bidding systems.
    • Built and evaluated header bidding configurations.
    Technologies: Prebid.js, Google Tag Manager, Open AdStream, AWS, JavaScript
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2014 - 2015
    • Developed dashboard and data visualization tools.
    • Built and maintained the AWS infrastructure for high-performance data and streaming systems.
    • Configured web analytics.
    • Managed interns.
    Technologies: Django, Cassandra, D3.js, AWS, Python
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2012 - 2014
    Plethora Mobile
    • Led the development of high-performance, cloud-based real-time bidding software.
    • Led the development for front-end campaign management tools as well as leading partner integrations.
    Technologies: Tornado, Redis, MongoDB, AWS, Python
  • Digital Creatologist

    2010 - 2011
    • Developed projects and prototypes based on innovative uses of new technology.
    Technologies: Python, Arduino, AWS, Tornado, Kinect
  • Research Assistant

    2005 - 2005
    Harvard University
    • Prepared and conducted experiments related to 3D imaging.
    Technologies: OpenCV


  • Placemeter D3.js Dashboard (Development)

    I built the dashboard and associated REST API for the traffic-measuring startup, Placemeter. This system pulled time series data from our Cassandra database and customer data from our MySQL database. The API was built on the Django REST Framework, and the dashboard data visualizations were built with D3.js.

    I also built and managed the staging and development servers for this project, using CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and several other AWS services.

  • CLOUDS Raspberry Pi Control (Development)

    I programmed a series of Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards to create physical animations in the CLOUDS installation by Yorgo Alexopoulos. These microcontrollers controlled a large number of small screens and LED displays, creating the effect of futuristic sci-fi server racks.

  • Mobile Bidder and Ad Server (Development)

    I designed and built a system that handled requests for bids on mobile ads. The system handled up to 30,000 requests per second, served the associated ads, and tracked the ad campaigns for impressions, clicks, and conversions.

  • Infone SMS (Development)

    Working with UNICEF, my team built a tool that could incentivize remote data collection by pushing out questions via SMS to a network of participants and provide mobile payments for respondents.

  • mcgarrybowen Digital Holiday Card (Development)

    I built the holiday card website for the mcgarrybowen ad agency in 2011. This card was listed in several articles as one of the best holiday cards of the year and worked on virtually any platform.

    Years later search results for "mcgarrybowen holiday card" still show this card as the top results.


  • Languages

    Python, C++, JavaScript, Processing, CSS3
  • Frameworks

  • Tools

    Jenkins, SOLIDWORKS, AWS CloudFormation, EAGLE, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, MATLAB
  • Platforms

    Arduino, Raspberry Pi, AWS EC2, WordPress
  • Libraries/APIs

    Twilio API, React, jQuery, D3.js
  • Storage

    MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Cassandra, Redis
  • Other

    Streaming Data, Tornado
  • Industry Expertise



  • Master of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications
    2008 - 2010
    New York University - New York, NY, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Engineering, Specializing in Design and Fabrication
    2001 - 2005
    Harvard University - Cambridge, MA, USA

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