Tom Longson

Senior Front-end Developer

Tl;dr

Tom is "smart, driven, motivated, and a self-starter", working as a Front-end developer in Silicon Valley. Notably:

  • Raised capital from 500 Startups as a Founder of GogoCoin
  • Worked for giants of media Sony and Disney
  • Most recently used ReactJS / Django at FinTech Startup, SelfScore to failicate their MasterCard for International Student product
  • Led Front-end Dev for Wells Fargo's most profitable B2B Product

Skills

10+ years

A decade developing rich application experiences with JavaScript frameworks such as ReactJS, AngularJS, Backbone, and YUI.


Beyond Front-end

Tom has built production build systems, led backend development and operations, and has extensive experience in FinTech and e-Commerce.


Mission Critical XP

Tom is a self-starter, having led a 500 startups company and as well as worked on high-value products for Sony and Wells Fargo.


Technical

Client Side


  • JavaScript
  • ReactJS
  • AngularJS
  • Backbone
  • CSS3 / SCSS
  • Box2d
  • jQuery
  • YUI

Server Side


  • NodeJS
  • Python
  • Django
  • Mezzazine
  • Ruby
  • Postgres
  • MongoDB

Infrastructure


  • AWS
  • Docker
  • Vagrant
  • Jenkins
  • Grunt + Gulp

Experience

2015-2016

SelfScore

Senior Front-end Developer

Developed a Credit Card Dashboard using React and SCSS for the frontend, and Django / Python REST APIs for the backend. Designed and built underwriting pipeline for user from being pre-qualified through approved.

  • Developed ReactJS Customer Dashboard
  • Created CRM for underwriting process with Django
  • Built DevOps Continuous Deployment with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Docker, and Jenkins
  • Added support for oAuth with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Developed "Magic Link" one time password emails
  • Integrated "Know Your Customer" checks with Jumio, Blockscore, and the National Student Clearinghouse
  • Created persona based end-to-end functional tests with Selenium and Webdriver using Node.js
  • Developed Prototype iOS App for tracking customers for fraud prevention

2013-2015

GogoCoin

CEO

Founded and developed Bitcoin Gift Card product from concept to market. Included a fully functional client built on top of

  • 500 Startups, Batch 9
  • Featured at LAUNCH Fest
  • Highlighted by TechCrunch
  • Used NodeJS, Python, Postgres, and Vagarant
  • Produced 10k+ gift cards for promotional and retail sale
  • Partnered with Blockchain and Bitcoin.com

2011-2013

Sony

Senior Front-end Developer

Developed the Sony Playstation Store, which like iTunes, allows for anyone to purchase movies, video games, and more.

  • Developed Internationalization support for 30+ languages
  • Developed with BackboneJS
  • Designed and developed SEO service with PhantomJS and NodeJS for all regions and languages

2011-2011

Singly

UX Designer + Developer

Designed and did analysis on multiple projects related building the Singly hosted platform for The Locker Project (http://lockerproject.org/). Did development on an interactive guided setup, a merged contacts viewer, an intesting links collection, and a photo collection viewer.

2008-2010

Burning Man Earth

Front-end Web Developer

Developed new system for adding, tracking, and searching events, art, theme camps, and people for the Burning Man art festival in Reno, Nevada.

2009-2010

Wells Fargo

Senior Front-end Web Developer

Developing applications and sales tools for commercial credit tools for the Comercial Services branch of Wells Fargo.

  • Heavy use of JavaScript/YUI.
  • Built custom purely JavaScript MVC framework.

2008-2009

Stop The Spin

Lead Developer / CTO

Led development on political awareness and action site. Stop the Spin was an experimental project aimed at allowing better understanding of "wicked problems", such as healthcare, abortion, global warming, etc. Used decision trees in order to allow people to explore complex issues, allowing them to arrive at a position based on logical conclusions.

  • Utilized Python, Pylons, SQLAlchemy, Mako, JavaScript, jQuery, and Processing, using a MySQL backend.
  • Oversaw a team of writers to create decision tree content.

2007 - 2008

Cars.com

Manager for Research & Development at Cars.com

Promoted to head of department. Built and led a team of three developers to pursue potential new interfaces for Cars.com & NewCars.com. Responsible for executing products from concept to frutition. Projects included (but not limited to) advanced tools to allow consumers better ways to find and compare cars, internal tools to visualize sales data geographically, consumer dealer locator tools, car search widgets, and a new car photo compare.

  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and Adobe Flex, using MySQL databases of Make/Model data and Dealership data.

2006 - 2007

Cars.com

Lead Technical Developer for Research & Development at Cars.com

Designed and developed a variety of prototype user friendly applications for Cars.com and NewCars.com.

  • Led development for department.
  • Utilized PHP, Ruby, and JavaScript, using MySQL databases of Make/Model data.

2005-2006

Disney

Front-end Web Developer

Designed and implemented a central repository for all television animation staff and potential candidates. System included features to allow management to review and rate all artists, maintain in depth history of creative talent, and preserve a digital archive of portfolios for reprinting and reviewing online.

  • Led front-end development and co-developed PHP backend.
  • Initiated adoption of Web 2.0 style UI practices.
  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and XSLT, using a MySQL database.

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Distinctions

2015

Joined 500 Startups

Founded a company, GogoCoin, with investment and mentorship from Dave McClure and Sean Percival.

2015

Presented at Draper University

Interviewed Tim Draper for Hero City and Draper University in San Mateo.

2014

Speaker / Singularity University

Interviewed by Salim Ismail for Singularity University at NASA Ames.

2014

Speaker / LAUNCH FEST

Invited to speak at LAUNCH FEST by Jason Calcanis and hosted a booth in Startup Alley at the Concorse Center.

2014

This Week In Startups

Guest speaker on This Week In Startups with Jason Calcanis.

2014

Presented at DorkBot SF

Did a presentation on the Bitcoin network at San Francisco's DorkBot.

2010

Where 2.0

Invited to demo the OpenView Project's Streetview Tricycle as part of the Where Fair.

2006

O'Reilly Google Maps Hacks

Authored sections on defining custom map markers in Google Maps and creating mapped slideshows of one's travels.

2005

O'Reilly Mapping Hacks

Authored section on georefrencing images with EXIF metadata.