Issuu is a platform for online publications. I joined a team of 7 developers in charge of running a system where many thousands of new documents were uploaded and millions of documents were served daily. The company grew almost explosively, and when I left, the head count at Issuu was around 60. While a Issuu, I worked with many new technologies, and in many different roles.

As a backend developer, I

  • Assisted on a rework of the statistics module, tracking document life cycles
  • Prototyped and tested Issuu's first node.js setup
  • Worked on Issuu's HTTP Rest API
  • Extended and streamlined the deployment pipeline
  • Implemented payment integrations
  • Worked on streamlining a load balancing setup for over 300 servers in Issuu's AWS cloud
  • Worked on the occasional fronted component

As a project lead, I

  • Was responsible for a project integrating Issuu with an online printing service

As a team lead, I

  • Managed a team of 8 developers
  • Helped transition to an agile development process

Platforms and technologies

  • Mac as development platform, Ubuntu Linux as main server platform
  • Amazon Cloud Services, among others SimpleDB, EC2, S3 and SQS
  • Erlang
  • Python
  • Serverside Javascript with node.js and Google V8
  • Java
  • Git
  • Apache, Nginx, HAProxy