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Kenny Katzgrau

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New York, New York
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  1. Mozilla Corporation,
  2. Katzgrau LLC,
  3. Yahoo!
  1. New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Software engineer, speaker, and open source developer with business sense and an imagination.

Winner of StartupWeekend NYC
Speaker at Wordcamp NYC 2012
Speaker at CICON 2012 SF
Founder of, the CodeIgniter Package Repository
Speaker at CICON 2011
Speaker at Hack and Tell NYC
Engineer on the popular CodeIgniter PHP framework
Presenter @ Yahoo! Open Hack
Speaker at WordCamp NYC
LAMP Workshop Instructor @ NJIT
Author of WPSearch, chip
Front-paged Hacker News (Top 5)



Broadstreet Ads
– Present (2 years 1 month)

Broadstreet is an industry-shifting advertising platform for local news publishers.

Gigabit App Developer Documentation

Mozilla Corporation
(1 year 2 months)Remote

Writing the technical docs for GENI, a collaborative academic project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and in partnership with the Mozilla Ignite foundation. Contracted through Katzgrau LLC.

Hired Gun

Katzgrau LLC
(6 years)Red Bank, NJ

* MyClassHQ ( — In-house product that helps teachers build websites very, very easily. Current beta clients in the Middletown NJ School district.
* Saaspire / RCRD LBL — Contracted to build out core track widget system and extensive reporting engine to provide playlists for and partner sites. Widget system receives hundreds of thousands of requests per week. Also wrote major features for main site, and managed deployments.
* Saaspire / SongTrust — Contracted to perform general fixes for reported issues in the SongTrust backlog.
* Axilent — Contracted to build out a Wordpress widget and open-source PHP client for the Axilent platform.
* HUGE — Contracted post-employment to build out new features for the community section.
* OptiJob — Contracted to build a facebook tab app for listing job postings for clients. In use by Macy's, Grant Thornton, and Hyatt, among others.
* RedBankGreen — Retained for maintenance on local community news hub (maintaining adserver, CMS, etc)
* The Loop — Maintainer of local community news hub (maintaining adserver, CMS, etc) in Westchester, NY

Senior Software Engineer

(2 years)

Engineer and Tech Lead on the Right Media Exchange (RMX).
* Primary point of contact for all RMX UI issues and technical questions.
* Managed 5 overseas developers in Yahoo's Bangalore office
* Led large, high-risk, and successful projects involving fundamental changes in exchange architecture, including the ability to book multiple insertion orders across networks. Worked closely with teams in Sunnyvale, Chicago, NYC, and Bangalore, India.
* Primary engineer working on inter-exchange RTB functionality for the UI. Wrote core libraries in use by the RMX UI and API codebases. Wrote thorough test scripts for each.
* Wrote revamped RMX geotargeting interface, allowing the end-user to specify fine-grained targets.
* Led the transition from PHP 5.2.x to PHP 5.3 across a 2-million line code base. Stepped through 700+ lines flagged by home-brewed compatibility scripts.

Development Lead

(less than a year)

Software Engineer, with heavy work on
* Founded HUGE's open-source presence at Wrote first contribution, a full-featured AJAX proxy supporting cookies.
* Wrote community API, through which 38 million users are registered, updated, and subscribed for 3rd-party newsletters. Wrote extensive permissions system for API.
* Wrote core photo manipulation and file management libraries for crunching avatars and managing tens of thousands of user photos.
* Primary development contact toward latter half of iVillage project.


(2 years)

* Wrote search frontend to PayPal's customer feedback engine.
* Wrote Google Apps Single Sign-On applications for several universities, integrating with ActiveDirectory or LDAP services
* Wrote lucene-based search backend for's 8-million job database.
* Wrote, maintained's 'Jobs' Facebook application — one of the first 100 apps on the Facebook platform.
* Wrote majority of stored procedures for's job database.


  • Node.js
  • Backbone.js
  • AWS
  • LAMP
  • PHP
  • Chef
  • Deployment
  • Operations
  • Linux
  • Ad Serving
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • Software Project...
  • Open Source
  • Product Development
  • CodeIgniter
  • Performance Tuning
  • Start-ups
  • Technical Recruiting
  • Express Framework
  • Heroku
  • Responsive Design
  • Angular.js
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New Jersey Institute of Technology

BS, Computer Science, Concentration in Applied Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude


Honors & Awards

Summa Cum Laude

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