Steve Lacey Software Engineer Resumé

Software Engineer with 20 years of experience writing Python, PHP, and Ruby. I specialize in building web apps using frameworks like Laravel, Django, React, and Vue.js.

I work remotely with teams to build appropriate, elegant and reliable solutions to complex problems; helping global companies, startups and web agencies reach business goals with technology, on-budget, on-time.

Experience

Senior Software Engineer at Gun.io

Remote · 2021 – 2023 · Django, Vue.js, Alpine.js, PHP, Python

Gun.io helps world-class engineering teams hire the world’s most sought-after freelance engineers at a moment’s notice. I worked on the web app, and on the platform.

Technical Lead at Law School Transparency

Remote · 2020 – Present · Laravel, Vue.js, PHP

Law School Transparency helps prelaw students make strategic choices about where to attend law school. I lead the Product & Engineering team and consult on various strategies at LSAC.

Technical Lead at Open Up Music

Remote · 2017 – Present · Laravel, Vue.js, PHP

Open Up Music support Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and schools to create orchestras that are accessible to young disabled people. I built the Open Orchestras Laravel app, and the Django API that powers The Clarion.

Platform Lead at Hanzo

Remote · 2014 – 2016 · Django, Python

Hanzo specialize in cutting edge web archiving technology. I built their web app and API, and implemented new crawling strategies, playback methods, change analysis and differential comparison tools.

Cloud Platform Lead at Enjin

Remote · 2019 – 2020 · Laravel, Vue.js, PHP, GraphQL

Enjin build a suite of blockchain products that enable game developers to easily create, manage, distribute, and integrate blockchain assets. I rebuilt their GraphQL API, PHPUnit test suite and Vue.js frontend.

Senior Software Engineer at CloudPeeps

Remote · 2016 · Rails, Ruby

CloudPeeps is a community, marketplace and platform that empowers freelancers and businesses to do their best work. I worked various sprints on their Rails app – including implementing messaging, package search and combining their user models.

References

Steve and I have worked for nearly four years together. As technical lead, he took a great set of websites, integrated them, and brought them to a completely different level – from how the sites are engineered and architected to the UI/UX and SEO. I trusted him to look at the big picture of what we were trying to achieve and solve problems with that understanding. With Steve, you get a partner. He’s part product manager, part solutions architect, and part full-stack engineer – and excels at each. His vast experience across different technical disciplines and organizations shines through. He pushes back when appropriate, concedes when appropriate, and leaves projects significantly better than when he started. He is also great at spotting and developing talent. I watched him firsthand coach a junior developer from someone with promise to someone who did truly excellent work.

Kyle McEntee, Senior Director for Prelaw Engagement at LSAC
Kyle McEntee Senior Director for Prelaw Engagement at LSAC

Steve has an innate technical ability which is given further strength by his level of experience and general desire to do a good job. I have enjoyed working with Steve over and above many others because of his ability to gauge when a problem needs to be solved right and when a problem needs to be solved quickly. He always strives to do an excellent job regardless and makes the right engineering decisions. He learns new technology at an exceptional rate and is often the go to person to solve a technical challenge. As a team player, Steve appears equally happy to integrate with an existing team and role his sleeves up directly working on a project, help mentor less experienced developers, or lead a project as a technical oversight. I have always been happy taking Steve in to customer meetings safe in the knowledge that he will answer questions in a composed and accurate manner whilst not being afraid to give his opinion on technical issues. Steve is well liked and highly respected by his colleagues from all areas of the business. I will miss working with Steve and am confident in recommending him for any technical position.

Tom Holder, Technical Director at Simpleweb
Tom Holder Technical Director at Simpleweb

I've had the pleasure of working alongside Steve for a few years, and I found Steve to be one of the most thoughtful developers I've ever worked with - he's opinionated, diligent, and incredibly passionate about his craft. One of the mythical 10x!

Teja Yenamandra, Co-Founder & CEO at Gun.io
Teja Yenamandra Co-Founder & CEO at Gun.io

Steve was a key member of our engineering team at Gun.io and was a critical player in helping guide architectural decisions, our core engineering tenets, and code standards for the entire team. He's clearly a talented programmer, with the fluency across multiple languages and frameworks to bring instant value to a huge spectrum pf projects. But Steve also pairs his technical talent with a keen sense of business value, a knack for efficiency and innovation, and the ability to reliably work independently. Highly recommended.

Grey Garner, VP of Product at Gun.io
Grey Garner VP of Product at Gun.io

Steve is a highly skilled professional, he's usually on top of pretty much everything he touches. If you're looking for high-quality code, confidence, and right decisions, Steve is your guy.

Regis Camimura, Software Engineer at Gun.io
Regis Camimura Software Engineer at Gun.io

Steve is your one-man team - jack of all trades, master of.. all trades. I've learned so much working for him, from design to frontend development, backend and making decisions by myself to push the business forward.

He has high standards, and will tell you upfront if something's not right. It's challenging to meet those standards, but the product and everyone he works with is better for it. If you have a chance to work with him, don't miss it!

Trisha Lim, Frontend Engineer
Trisha Lim Frontend Engineer

Having worked first-hand with Steve on different occasions, I cannot emphasize enough how detail-oriented he is. His broader skills, combined with his ability to design solutions and architect products that scale, make him a source of inspiration for me. It's always a joy to spend time working alongside Steve.

Israel Sotomayor, Senior Cloud Platform Engineer at BlackRock
Israel Sotomayor Senior Cloud Platform Engineer at BlackRock

Steve is an accomplished developer. He understands good software architecture, a range of coding languages and he is efficient too. My recent project required a REST API and a web-based admin control panel. Steve actually helped improve my specification by suggesting a better and more standards-compliant way of handling API authentication. He is also rare in being able to estimate well and delivered my project both on time and on budget.

Paul Masri-Stone, Open Up Music
Paul Masri-Stone Open Up Music

Steve's been a strong contributor to our product software giving excellent advice and guiding our design to ensure a that we give our customers a good user experience. His coding has been top notch and he’s helped manage other team members to ensure that all aspects of the delivery have been what we need.

Mark Williamson, Hanzo CTO
Mark Williamson Hanzo CTO

Steve is an experienced, high-performing developer. He was able to laser-focus on certain architectural issues in our v1 codebase and was not afraid of the difficult work needed to do a refactor. We brought him onto our team to improve our complex blockchain API codebase that depended on a lot of different separate applications. He was quickly able to understand the entire project's architecture and improve what we had. Steve was diligent with code reviews & pull requests and constantly encouraged us to improve our own internal processes. His commits were frequent and he was able to resolve a ton of bugs and lay the groundwork for our v2 backend. He definitely doesn't mince words and will tell you outright if there's a better way to do things. I would highly recommend working with Steve!

Witek Radomski, Enjin CTO
Witek Radomski Enjin CTO

I worked with Steve for 4 years at Wired Media. I've always found Steve to be loyal, punctual, professional and commercially minded. His work is of a very high standard and Steve continually strived to learn and try new technologies. I found Steve to be a model employee and a pleasure to know and work with.

Tom Beasley, Founder & MD of Wired Media
Tom Beasley Founder & MD of Wired Media

Steve is a highly skilled and conscientious developer with a great understanding of the web and the technologies that underpin it. He listens and takes time to understand (and occasionally question!) a client's needs and then reliably produces work of a high standard within agreed timeframes and budgets.

If you need a developer I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Steve.

Ben Lumley, Lead Developer at Wired Media
Ben Lumley Lead Developer at Wired Media

Steve is a great engineer and made a solid impact to the CloudPeeps codebase within a short period of time. He shares his knowledge, perspective and experience so you can get the best outcome possible for your product. I would love to engage and collaborate more with Steve in the future!

Kate Kendall, CloudPeeps CEO
Kate Kendall CloudPeeps CEO