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Brian Takita

 
  
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United States

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Brian Takita - Professional Summary:     Brian Takita is a full stack web engineer.

 

Breakthrough data & process abstractions lead technology & organizations that bring dramatic change. Old problems are being solved by new solutions (with the progress of humanity behind it) at an increasing rate.

The pattern of continuous improvement yields dramatic improvements to the problem domain, leading to innovative solution evolution.

He applies continuous improvement to abstraction awareness & application. He helps his clients break through old limitations and evolve technology to take advantage of the new possibilities.

 

 

Brian Takita - Professional Experience:    From http://www.linkedin.com/in/briantakita

Consultant / Lead Front End Developer

Rundavoo

 

March 2013 – Present  (7 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Lead front end development for http://www.rundavoo.com

Created a responsive (desktop, tablet, mobile) application that integrated with several APIs via CORS and a proxy server. Api's include Rundavoo api, Facebook, Foursquare, Cloudsponge, Mixpanel. Evolved the business logic to optimize for signups and usage.

For a faster user experience kept the codebase light & tight with progressive enhancement. Used the Cloudflare CDN with lots of HTTP caching.

Technologies/Techniques used:
html5, css3, node.js, browserify, jasmine, functional reactive programming (https://github.com/btakita/backbone-signal), cloudflare

Successfully integrated Rundavoo into the following brands:
Wyndham Resorts, House of Blues, SBE, Earthbar, Music Loves Fashion, LA Pride

Architect/Lead Developer

Milyoni, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Entertainment industry

March 2012 – March 2013  (1 year 1 month) Pleasanton, CA

Leads development of social entertainment platform and contributes to product vision, and strategy. The platform includes video, social marketing, gamification, real time social interaction, interactive engagements tied to video, and integration to studio post-production process.

Responsible for building/maintaining the Social Video on Demand and Live Event platform which is used by Warner Brothers, Lions Gate, Paramount Studios, Universal Music Group, Hearst Media, Starz, Ovation TV, Astro, Focus Features, Funimation, Sundance Now, etc.

Rescued & wrangled codebase into a proper set of services & apps using Node.js, Backbone.js, Rails, Postgres, Redis, and Heroku.

Responsible for architecting the core platform & apps to steward product vision, respond to our customers, and open up new product and business possibilities.

Mentor developers to become innovative & multi-faceted problem solvers for the entertainment industry.

Champion of flattening communication across the organization and codebase. Also pushed to give the development team greater autonomy and increased influence in product development and prioritization.

This enables Milyoni to have greater industry impact by focusing on core objectives, success metrics, and improved execution.

Example
https://apps.facebook.com/tmillslive/products/1797-episode-1-loud-live

Senior Software Engineer

TrueCar, Inc.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Internet industry

August 2010 – February 2012  (1 year 7 months) Santa Monica, CA

Senior member of advanced product team, which introduced new products (user service), integration with major partners (wsj.com car reviews and usaa.com car reviews), and devops (chef to automate ec2 architecture, workstations, and new datacenter servers). Rails 3 Upgrade. YUM packaging for deployment.

Lead initiatives to share agile knowledge to the rest of the organization. Led initiatives to integrate services. Worked on new approaches to integrate widgets and apis to external partners, such as USAA and Wall Street Journal Autos.

Lead Developer

honk.com

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Automotive industry

August 2009 – August 2010  (1 year 1 month)

Honk.com is a vehicle review site and embeddable white-label platform used by USAA and Wall Street Journal Autos. It's primary investor was Fox News Corp and was acquired by Truecar.

Web front and back end development. Embedded vehicle review platform into partner sites (usaa.com, fox news, myspace). Lead development and partnered in product vision for social car shopping that was key to Honk being acquired. Lead team of developers using agile methodologies.

* Developed Honk.com site from the beginning until present
* Internal framework development
* Implemented javascript client/server event framework (http://github.com/honkster/jelly)
* Development process improvements (parallelized tests, efficient data import process, etc)
* High Availability deployment and server setup on EC2
* Facebook Connect
* Partner Authentication Integration
* Chef scripts to automate server and workstation configuration
* Rails, Javascript, Mysql, Redis, SASS

Agile Engineer

Pivotal Labs

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

January 2006 – August 2009  (3 years 8 months)

Agile Development in the XP tradition. TDD, Pair Programming, Daily Standup meetings, Retrospectives, and other continual personal and process improvements.

Worked with early startups to bootstrap their engineering process and team and develop an initial product. Took a leadership role in common code, practices, adoption of new technology, and open source projects.

Projects include:
* Honk
* Maven Link
* KGB.com
* Grockit
* KDA Research Revelation Project
* Real Girls Media
* heavy.com
* Bringo
* CommunityWalk

 

Brian Takita - Education:

University of the Pacific

BSEngineering Physics

1997 – 2002

 

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