Alexander Rakoczy [email protected]

Story

I am a software engineer with a passion for amazing teams, hard problems, and new challenges. During my career I have built and managed teams, debugged routers in data centers, hooked GDB up to running payment processors, and delivered enjoyable customer-facing experiences on both web and mobile.

I believe that you can't learn without humility, and that delivering a great product means building a great team that values mutual respect.

My hobbies include playing guitar, cooking, cycling, brewing, and jumping on a cheap plane ticket to somewhere.

Experience

Google December 2016 - Present
Senior Software Engineer

At Google, I worked on the Hire team, recruiting software for GSuite. Hire is written on a custom NodeJS framework with a proprietary database. As an application engineer and team lead, I delivered features to reduce the time for importing customer data from several months to less than two weeks.

On the SRE/Ops team for Hire, I did 24/7 oncall rotations, managing the Hire deployment on a large Kubernetes cluster on Google Cloud Platform. I designed and built a control plane UI, backend, and API layer using Angular, Go and gRPC to manage our horizontal scaling strategy for Hire. I designed and built a level 7 gRPC proxy in Go for routing API requests to production clusters. I developed a strategy for gradual roll-outs of new features. I revamped our metric collection to scale with the thousands of containers in our production environment. I also automated our release process, creating push-button deployments for all of our production clusters.

Signal December 2015 - December 2016
Senior Software Engineer

At Signal, I worked on User Activation for a Data Management Platform. Our system was implemented in Go, and sifted through billions of user profiles a day to help target users across advertising platforms.

In addition to writing software, I helped simplify our continuous integration and systems operations infrastructure. I also acted as a technical PM, writing and prioritizing stories for large projects our team was tasked with.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry August 2015 - November 2015 (contract)
Software Engineer

At Pivotal Cloud Foundry, I anchored a team responsible for building Pivotal Network, the website which distributes Cloud Foundry software and updates.

I lead an effort to implement continuous delivery to our production site. I also interviewed candidates, mentored new hires, and helped teach reactive programming principles to the team.

Hopscotch Technologies April 2015 - August 2015 (contract)
Senior Software Engineer

At Hopscotch, I moved a significant portion of their production infrastructure from Heroku to Amazon Web Services. This helped reduce their production budget by over a third, and gave their back-end the room to scale with increasing popularity of their iOS app.

I improved performance and delivered features for a Rails API that backed a popular iOS application. This included push notifications, generating a realtime feed of user activity in the app, and search, performance and stability improvements.

I assisted with product design and planning, and I also delivered minor iOS features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Kitchensurfing March 2013 - March 2015
Director of Engineering

I joined Kitchensurfing as the first non-founder on the Product team. I helped Kitchensurfing build a best-in-class product team, building from one engineer to over a dozen people in various disciplines.

I introduced a product process that allowed us to rapidly test new ideas as the business adapted. Kitchensurfing was able to roll out and sunset new product lines, validate brand and product ideas in production, and launch a consumer iOS app.

I represented the engineering team in board and investment meetings, seeing the company from a Series A through a Series B round. During this time I introduced analytics and weekly reporting, measuring business, product, and engineering metrics.

Pivotal Labs November 2012 - March 2013 (contract)
Software Engineer

Redesigned hosting infrastructure for a complicated, HIPAA-compliant application.

Groupon December 2010 - August 2012
Advanced Engineer

Created and led API team to develop Groupon's API, powering mobile, front-end, and international applications. Scaled the API to thousands of requests per second. Redesigned order processing system to support new product lines. Grew with engineering team from less than ten engineers to hundreds. Quickly and permanently solved critical, complex production issues

Consulting 2009
Software Engineer

Full stack engineer for clients in multiple industries ranging from restaurants to social networks. Implemented pixel-perfect cross-browser compatible web interfaces. Automated application deployment and server administration.

Centro May 2007 - May 2009
Software Engineer

Successfully migrated a monolithic Rails application to a service oriented architecture. Integrated ad campaign tracking with third-party ad servers. Lead team migration from subversion to git.

Projects

OpenSprints 2006 - 2010 (part-time)
Software Engineer

Developed open-source hardware, firmware, and front-end software for an internationally utilized stationary bicycle racing platform. Enabled auto-updating deployments to remote embedded devices. Organized, promoted, and MC’d events using the system in cities nationwide, including InterBike in Las Vegas

Education

Illinois Institute of Technology 2005-2008
Computer Science

My favorite courses were Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Physics, and Literature.