Neil Kandalgaonkar

Experienced cloud software generalist

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Work Experience

VRChat

Full Stack Engineer, March 2018 – present

Database, backend, frontend, and devops systems. As the team has grown from three to over a dozen, I've become the subject matter expert in processing and managing millions of user-created assets. I also lead some cross-functional efforts to speed deployment and improve the whole codebase. Mostly Node.JS and Python, with some React/Redux, all on Amazon Web Services.

Square

Software Development Contractor, July 2019 – March 2020

Solved some of their unique security needs for iOS development, using the open source `isign` library I had created several years earlier. All work open source. Managed one subcontractor.

Bench Accounting

Senior Software Engineer, March 2017 – March 2018

Web applications and microservices, written in Scala and Java, deployed on Amazon Web Services. Modernized the frontend stack from CoffeeScript to modern JavaScript. Led Internal Tools team for a few months. Made many improvements to hiring process. Started Diversity & Inclusion initiative in engineering,

Sauce Labs, Real Device Cloud

Senior Software Engineer, December 2014 – March 2017

Our team created a cloud of real Android and iOS devices, made available for customers to run tests on. Many deep dives into obscure areas of mobile operating systems. Bespoke cloud engineering, on company-owned hardware, mostly with Python microservices.

Created and open sourced: isign, a reimplementation of Apple’s signing protocol, that works on Linux. Blog post

Solo projects / Contractor

April 2012 – December 2014

Mobile app project, GeoMind, discovered interesting locations inferred from statistical variations of geotagged photos. Amazon Web Services, Node.JS and PostGIS. Also, part-time work at a seed investment firm.

Wikimedia Foundation

Software Engineer, December 2009 – January 2012

The Wikimedia Foundation is the organization behind Wikipedia. I worked on HTML5 interfaces, multimedia, file storage, internationalization, APIs, GUI editing, parsing, live collaboration while editing, and more (commit log). Frequently deployed and configured code running live on all Wikipedia. Mentored other paid and community developers, including Google Summer of Code 2011, and winning team for Wikipedia SF Hackathon in January 2012. Left amicably to pursue personal projects and reset visa status.

Created and open sourced: jQuery.i18n, Wikipedia’s standard for frontend internationalization

Yahoo (Upcoming.org, Flickr)

Senior Software Engineer, December 2006 – April 2009

Integrated Upcoming.org’s event listings into Yahoo Search, redesigned event and geographic data models, modernized frontend, wrote asset management and deploy system, and mentored new hires. Improved Flickr’s payment systems and FlickrMail. Received Excellence and Hack Day Awards in 2008.

Google

Software Engineer, September 2005 – October 2006

Internationalization for Google Checkout, a Java-based commerce and payments system. Contributed to frontend, data store, order processing, taxation policy, and Merchant API. Created login flow for Google Accounts that allowed secure entry of payment info.

Other experience

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Spring 2000
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Languages

English, French