Ryan Gahl

Senior Software Engineer / Architect at Liveality.com

Oshkosh, Wisconsin Area
Computer Software

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Ryan Gahl's Overview

  • Senior Software Engineer / Architect at Liveality.com
  • Business Solutions Lead at ZyQuest
  • Lead Developer and Architect at MontageTalent.com
  • Founder / Lead Architect at Nth Penguin, LLC
  • US Navy

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Ryan Gahl's Summary

I am a self driven full stack modern web architect with a well rounded background that includes nuclear reactor operator, founder and tech lead of two web technology startups, full-featured web framework author, team lead, and perpetual tinkerer.

I have been delivering highly scalable cloud based web applications and sites since 2007. Built rich reporting UI for Mashery.com, full-featured LMS for BankersEdge.com, and a complete video interviewing platform for MontageTalent.com, to name just a few.

I have been using node.js since its v0.1.x days, CouchDB since Damien started it, and have been creating web frameworks to facilitate the creation of complex single page applications since before AJAX was a buzzword.

I thrive in startups and high pressure environments. I am adept at moving teams and products forward. I keep up to date on new technology, but am not one to jump at every squirrel just because it's new and someone wrote a blog article about it.

I am passionate about UX, to a fault. My favorite UX designer is Jacky Powell, great friend and designer of the PS3 XMB interface.

Ryan Gahl's Experience

Senior Software Engineer / Architect


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Appleton, WI

Created JSP based component/widget framework to facilitate rapid development of complex single-page application. This enabled the team to quickly create an “Adobe InDesign-Lite” interface that ran in the browser which was used to create online memory books for the yearbook and competitive race/marathon markets. Oversaw design and development process for the web tier of the product, including UX. (note: the marketing website at www.liveality.com was not under my purview, unfortunately)

Business Solutions Lead


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

September 2010September 2013 (3 years 1 month) De Pere, WI

Created full-featured node.js based web framework (https://github.com/theVolary/feather). Architected complete stack for HuTerra.com and Speechtails.com, using feather, node, CouchDB, REDIS, ElasticSearch, and AWS. Lead development team in exploring and integrating scalable technologies to support high volume web traffic goals.

Lead Developer and Architect


August 2009September 2010 (1 year 2 months) Milwaukee, WI

Created complete video interviewing SaaS platform. Transformed existing codebase to be service-oriented and cloud based. Responsible for research and sourcing of high capacity video delivery solution for the high end side of the HR market.

Founder / Lead Architect

Nth Penguin, LLC

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Services industry

May 2007August 2009 (2 years 4 months) Appleton, WI

Co-founder and tech lead of high end consulting firm; helped turn $20k initial angel investment into over $1million revenue in 18 months. Built RIA reporting solution for Mashery.com. Architected and oversaw development of complete LMS for BankersEdge.com - a product that is still sold to major financial institutions such as CitiGroup to support global corporate training initiatives.

AJAX Consultant


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

2006January 2009 (3 years)

Software Engineer


Public Company; 201-500 employees; EMAG; Computer Software industry

February 2004March 2005 (1 year 2 months)

Member of the Informatics Team responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining the company's data access core for the flagship product line.

Marketing Engineer and CRM Administrator


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Computer Software industry

June 2003March 2004 (10 months)

Developed corporate website, integrated CRM system, implemented business processes for marketing improvement.

Ryan Gahl's Skills & Expertise

  1. AJAX
  2. JavaScript
  3. Web Applications
  4. .NET
  5. Software Development
  6. C#
  7. SQL
  8. Microsoft SQL Server
  9. Business Intelligence
  10. jQuery
  11. Web Services
  12. ASP.NET
  13. XML
  14. Web Development
  15. Agile Methodologies

Ryan Gahl's Education

US Navy

Military (Navy), Nuclear and Electronics Engineering


Electronics Technician Nuclear Field “A” School - 1997
Advanced electronics troubleshooting, digital and analog circuitry,
microcomputer theory, and systems analysis

Naval Nuclear Power School - 1998
Reactor theory, primary and secondary plant chemistry,
thermodynamics, and nuclear physics

Nuclear Prototype Training Unit - 1999 - 2000
1400 hours of hands-on training on an S5W nuclear reactor

Ryan Gahl's Additional Information


rich internet application development, pushing the limits, developing intuitive tools, node.js, full stack development, team leadership and mentoring, building highly scalable systems

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