Alex Kira

Senior Software Engineer

San Francisco, CA


15+ years of experience in full lifecycle software development. Experienced in Agile Development and TDD. Aptitude in multiple languages and ability to learn new technologies quickly. Wearer of many hats.



Ruby, JavaScript, Elixir, Scala, Java, Objective-C, C, C++, HTML, CSS


Amazon (EC2/S3), MySQL, PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, Redis, Git, Nginx, Apache, Jenkins


Rails, React.js, Akka, RSpec, jQuery, Stripe, Spree Commerce


Telmate - San Francisco, CA

Full Stack Engineer (Contract)

Oct 2014 - Present

  • Implemented features and functionality for SpinalQ, a multithreaded JRuby application responsible for the company's ElasticSearch data pipeline.
  • Developed functionality for Command Center, a communication platform used by facility staff built on top of JRuby, Rails, and React.js.
  • Profiled and optimized company's ElasticSearch cluster for fault tolerance and performance through cluster configuration, query selection, monitoring, alerting, and replication setup.

Environment: JRuby, ElasticSearch, Rails, React.js, MySQL

Apple - Sunnyvale, CA

Infrastructure Consultant

Aug 2013 - Oct 2014

  • Provided Infrastructure and Devops services for the Apple Online Store IOS group.
  • Lead development of a zero downtime deployment tool along with a deployment and status dashboard using Ruby / Sinatra.
  • Promoted and implemented metrics, monitoring, and alerting services using Sensu and Graphite.

Environment: Ruby, Golang, AngularJS, Sinatra, Dashing, Puppet, MCollective, HAProxy

LoLo - Loyal Locals

Founding Engineer / Contract

May 2013 - Aug 2013

  • Lead development of LoLo, a credit card linked loyalty site built to help local businesses retain and reward loyal customers.
  • Lead development of an analytics dashboard used by businesses to analyze effectiveness of loyalty campaigns.
  • Implemented integration with various third party services including Cardspring, SubtleData, Stripe Payments, Dropbox, and Facebook Connect
  • Developed entire native iOS application and API backend to allow redemption and usage from iPhone.

Environment: Ruby, Rails, MySQL, Redis, Sidekiq, Unicorn, Git, Stripe Payments, Cardspring API, Dropbox API.

Oracle / Vitrue - Remote


May 2012 - March 2013

  • Developed a concurrent Twitter adapter for the site streaming API utilizing Scala, Akka, and the Twitter4J library.
  • Participated in development on a concurrent social media adapter for consuming Facebook data, written in JRuby and Akka.
  • Lead external integration effort for Virtue's social commerce platform based on Spree Commerce and RoR.

Environment: Scala, Ruby, JRuby, Rails, Sinatra, Sequel, Erlang, Akka, Spree Commerce, Backbone.js, RabbitMQ, PostgreSQL, Redis, Social Media APIs (Facebook, Twitter).

PromoterBee - Atlanta, GA / Remote

Lead Architect

June 2007 - April 2012

  • Worked directly with founders to conceptualize new features, determine development effort, and select technology needed to implement a solution.
  • Led development on PromoterBee Biz, a full suite application targeting restaurants, which provides management of promotions, social media monitoring, couponing, and distribution to various social media outlets and sites.
  • Designed and developed an API to be used by 3rd parties to provide access to our database of specials and promotions (used by Metromix, 8coupons, and other sites).
  • Implemented auto-scaling hosting infrastructure within Amazon's EC2 cloud environment.
  • Implemented the FindMeSpecials iPhone app, a native location-based iPhone App used to find nearby specials and redeem coupons, which made it to top 25 in travel on the App Store.
  • Led development on the PathCrosser iPhone App & REST API. Pathcrosser is a social entertainment app launched in SWSX 2011 that lets you discover common and new places based on places you have been.
  • Managed and mentored contractors and team members during development.

Environment: Ruby/Rails, MySQL, Amazon AWS/EC2/S3, iPhone SDK, Objective C, JSON, GIT, Nginx, Passenger, Rspec, Capistrano, Chef, Social Media APIs (Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter).

Optimus Solutions – Norcross, GA

Senior Consultant


  • Provided full life cycle development and consulting services to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a financial budgeting system used to track spending for the entire APHIS branch of USDA (project worth over 1.5 million in services).
  • Conducted on-site training classes for USDA staff, including "train the trainer" courses.
  • Conducted stress tests and optimized system for performance.
  • Provided internal training within the consulting group for Ruby on Rails. Applied RoR towards internal tooling and scripting.

Environment: Java, Spring, Hibernate, Struts, JUnit, DBUnit, Oracle 10g Application Server, Oracle 9i Database, Ant, CVS, Subversion.

CheckFree Corporation – Norcross, GA

Software Engineer, Bank of America Alliance Team


  • Developed new features and functionality for Bank of America's industry-leading Online Bill Pay product.
  • Analyzed security vulnerabilities in the Bill Pay product and recommended potential solutions.
  • Participated in the design and development of a new transactional gateway system used to broker payments between separate systems.

Environment: Java, JMS, EJB, Servlets, JSP, Web Services, XML, WebLogic 8.1, JServ, AS/400, Solaris, Linux, Oracle, DB2, Ant, SourceSafe, CVS.

Air2Web – Atlanta, GA

Software Engineer, Core Platform Group


  • Developed new functionality for the Air2Web Mobile Internet Platform, a wireless development platform built using J2EE and XML technologies with a web services architecture.
  • Served as the lead developer for Delta Credit Union's wireless banking project.
  • Designed and implemented the front end architecture for CheckFree's Wireless WebPay solution.
  • Tuned performance and memory usage of the Mobile Internet Platform.

Environment: Java 1.3, J2EE, Servlets, JSP, XML, JMS, JDBC, WebLogic, Solaris, Oracle 8i, Ant, CVS

eHatchery LLC – Atlanta, GA

Software Developer


  • Worked on several eCommerce sites belonging to the startup incubator including TradeUps, VetExchange, and FigLeaves.

Environment: Java 1.2, Servlets, JSP, XML, EJB, JDBC, Tomcat, CVS, Apache, Solaris, Linux, Oracle.



Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA

Master of Science, Computer Science.


University of Miami – Coral Gables, FL

Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, CS, Minor in Business.

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