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Peter Boling Resume 2020.02.06
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San Francisco Bay Area                                homepage:

(765) 407-3138                                        email:       

Solution Architect, Automation Evangelist, Ruby Expert and Certified Barista

Experienced system architect, team leader, mentor, rubyist, and full stack web application programmer since 2004; previously linux system administrator.

Author and maintainer of many popular open source libraries.

I excel at data analysis, task automation, testing, style guides, best practices, API design, benchmarking, and Domain Driven Design.

Led major PHP to Rails conversions @ aSmallWorld (2008/9) and BibleGateway (2010).

Created solutions for finance, insurance, healthcare, social networking, government, information technology, B2B, fashion, gaming, publishing, and e-commerce sectors.

Dedicated to moving science forward and improving the condition of life generally by automation and process improvement.

Tech Leadership & Management

Technical Advisor, at Karuna Health; Architecture, mentoring, planning;  2018 - present

Project Lead, oauth2 ruby gem; 2017 - present

Web Team Lead, at Invoice2go; I managed six developers, and 1 QA Engineer; 2016 - 2017

Automation Team Lead, at Invoice2go; I managed one developer, and interfaced with managers of all other teams; 2016 - 2017

Project Lead, dynamoid ruby gem; 2016 - present

CTO of Acquaintable, and co-founder; I managed a team of five including designers, frontend, and backend engineers; Acquired, 2012 - 2013

Project Lead, flag_shih_tzu ruby gem; 2012 - present

First Employee & Lead Engineer at BloombergBlack;  Interviewed, hired, then mentored team of fifteen engineers; 2010 to 2012

Team Lead at Sagebit; Managed and mentored five recent graduate programmers; 2008-2009


App:                 Ruby, Rails, RSpec, React, ES2016, Cypress, Webpacker, JSONapi, Protobuf

Database:        PostgreSQL, Dynamo, Neo4j, ES, Mongo, Redis, MySQL, Oracle, Memcached

Servers:        Puma, nginx, unicorn, passenger, mongrel, lighttpd, mod_ruby

System:                Bash, monitoring, scheduling, backup, security, debian packaging

Project:                Jira, Jenkins, Github, Pivotal, and Bitbucket Administration

Recent projects

Technical Advisor

Stack - Rails 5.2, Ruby 2.5=>2.6, RSpec, PostgreSQL, SQS, Protobuf, S3, ES, Redis, Memcached, Sidekiq, Aptible, Github

Karuna Health                                                        November 2018 - Present

Solution Architect

Stack - Rails 5.2, Ruby 2.6, RSpec, PostgreSQL, S3, ES, Redis, Kafka, Sidekiq, Github

MINDBODY, Inc                                                    November 2019 - February 2020

Senior Staff Architect (6 month contract, extended to 12 months)

Stack - Rails 5.2, Ruby 2.4=>2.6, React v16, RSpec, PostgreSQL, S3, ES, Redis, Memcached, Sidekiq, Github, Relay Rewards, Delaware Life, Group1001      November 2018 - November 2019,

Principal Systems Architect

Stack - Rails 4.2, Ruby 2.0=>2.3, RSpec, PostgreSQL, DynamoDB, S3, ES, Mongo, Redis, Memcached, Resque, DigitalOcean, Heroku, DataDog, Cloudwatch, NewRelic, Salesforce, Jira, Bitbucket, Ubuntu

Intricately                                                        May 2016 - November 2018

Principal Systems Architect

Stack - Rails 4.2=>5.2, Ruby 2.3=>2.5, RSpec, PostgreSQL, Jira, Ubuntu, OPC DA integrations.

Bolt Threads                                                        Sep 2017 - May 2018

Principal Engineer

Automation Team Lead

Web Team Lead

Stack - Rails 4.2, Ruby 2.3, RSpec, AngularJS 1.4, PostgreSQL, S3, ElasticSearch, Redis, Memcached, Sidekiq, CircleCI, Jenkins, Github Enterprise, ZenDesk, NewRelic

Invoice2Go                                                        Jan 2016 - Feb 2017

Senior Engineer

Stack - Rails 3.2, Ruby 2.0=>2.1, RSpec, React, EmberCLI, Haml, Slim, SASS, PostgreSQL, S3, Redis, Memcached, Sidekiq, TravisCI, Github, Salesforce, NewRelic, Heroku

Trumaker & Co                                                        Apr 2014 - Mar 2016

Senior Staff Architect, Services (9 month contract, extended)

Stack - Ruby 1.8=>2.1, CGI, FastCGI, Mail gem, RSpec, Oracle 11g, rbenv, bash, daemons, RedHat linux

Church Pension Group                                                 Aug 2013 – Oct 2014 (among others)

Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer

Stack - Rails 3.2, JRuby 1.7, Ruby 1.9=>2.0, RSpec, RequireJS, BackboneJS, Foundation, Slim, SASS, Neo4j, PostgreSQL, S3, Redis, Memcached, Sidekiq, Unicorn, Puma, TravisCI, Github, Librato Metrics, NewRelic, Heroku – Socially curated dating through FoF                      Jun 2012 – Aug 2013

Acquired by LikeBright, now Reveal (Microsoft Ventures backed)

Senior Rubyist & Lead Developer

Stack - Rails 2.3, 3.0, 3.1 & 3.2, Ruby 1.8=>1.9, Grape, RSpec, RequireJS, Foundation, Slim, SASS, SOAP, Unicorn, Puma, Memcached, TeamCity, Git

Bloomberg Black – now dissolved                                Aug 2010 – Nov 2012

Team Lead, Senior Engineer (contract)

Stack - Rails 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, Makandra Rails LTS, Ruby 1.8=>2.2, RSpec, Haml, CSS, MySQL, Memcached, Mongrel, Unicorn, TravisCI, Github, Redmine, NewRelic – Order meals online from favorite local restaurants         Sep 2008 – Aug 2014

Partner & Lead Developer (Ruby on Rails)

Stack - Rails 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.0, 3.1, Ruby 1.8=>1.9, RSpec, Erb, Haml, CSS, jQuery, MySQL, Mongrel, Unicorn, Memcached, Github, Redmine, Debian, Ubuntu

Sagebit, LLC - now dissolved                                        Jun 2007 – Dec 2011

Senior Ruby on Rails Developer (6 month contract, extended)

Stack - Rails 2.3, Ruby 1.9, RSpec, Memcached, EPub

Zondervan (Harper-Collins)                                        Dec 2009 – Jul 2010

Founder & System Architect

Stack: Rails 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, Ruby 1.8=>1.9, MySQL, Memcached, Redis, Redmine, DelayedJob, jQuery, AJAX, CSS, Debian, Ubuntu, Bash

9thBit, LLC (Rails Consulting)                                                      Mar 2007 – Jul 2010

Senior Developer, System Admin, Ruby on Rails (contract)

Stack - Rails 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3, Ruby 1.8=>1.9, RSpec, Memcached

Neighborino, LLC                                                Aug 2008 – Aug 2010 &

Systems Analyst / Developer (Ruby on Rails, XSL, C#, Shell)

Stack - Rails 1.1 & 1.2, Ruby 1.8, Oracle 8i, 9i & 10g, jQuery, AJAX, CSS, Redhat Linux, Windows IIS, XML, XSLT, Google Search Appliance

Legislative Services Agency (LSA)                                Apr 2006 – June 2007

Ruby on Rails Developer & Partner

Stack: Rails 0.14, 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2, Ruby 1.8, Nginx, Mongrel Cluster, Lighttpd, MySQL, Memcached, Redmine, jQuery, AJAX, CSS, Debian, Ubuntu, Bash

PanEther, LLC (Rails Consulting)                                Dec 2005 – Mar 2007

Linux System Administrator & Developer (Rails, PHP, Java, Perl, Scheme, Shell)

Stack: Rails 0.10, 0.11, 0.12, 0.13, 0.14, 1.0 & 1.1, Ruby 1.8, Mongrel, MySQL, Memcached, Bugzilla, Bash

Optivel, Inc                                                        Dec 2004 – April 2006

Open source activism - Millions of RubyGem downloads since 2009                       

Some gems I hack on

oauth2 – A Ruby wrapper for the OAuth 2.0 protocol: Project Lead & Maintainer since Dec 2017

debug_logging – Unobtrusive debug logging for Ruby without the litter: Author, Mar 2017

dynamoid – AWS DynamoDB ORM for Ruby: Maintainer since May 2016

gem_bench – static gemfile analysis: Author, Apr 2013

flag_shih_tzu – Bitfields for ActiveRecord: Maintainer since Nov 2012

sanitize_email –         Tools for testing email; Safety belt for using production data: Author Oct 2008

And many more...

Humanitarian volunteer work

Since 2013 I have been helping refugees from Ivory Coast and Liberian civil wars re-establish themselves.  Initially I rent apartments for refugees, purchase land, build cinder block homes, help them repatriate, find gainful employment, and build sufficiency by farming and husbandry.  Refugees who cannot repatriate I help relocate to permanent new lives through UN programs, mostly to Canada and Australia.  November 2015 my efforts became a registered Liberian NGO called Hope For Tomorrow.  Each year I directly assist hundreds of refugees to repatriate or relocate.

Co-founder of the WordTree Foundation,  Working on algorithms to enable scientific textual analysis (e.g. n-gram) of literary works to shed light on provenance, and external influence, especially for works written prior to the modern age, which will shed light on how human thought has evolved.  All code is open source:

I contribute on an ongoing basis to the following charities and organizations:

        United Way                Africa Heartwood Project        Hope For Tomorrow, Liberia

        Children International                      Heifer International

        KQED                        Pacifica Foundation                National Wildlife Federation

Human Language Fluency

English (native)                          Spanish (fluent)                                   Portuguese (fluent)

Indonesian (conversational)


Dean’s Honor List for College of Sciences and Humanities, Ball State University,

Spring ’98 and Spring ’99 (Computer Science)

Indiana Core 40 Honors Diploma, Muncie Central High School

Eagle Scout* - Boy Scouts of America

 (*As a minor; before I knew of the discriminatory nature of the organization)


Ball State University, CS*, Science & Humanities, Muncie, IN 1997 – 1999

Purdue University, MIS*, Science & Eng. Tech., Lafayette, IN 2002 – 2004

Ball State University, CS*, Science & Humanities, Muncie, IN 2004 – 2005

Purdue University, CIT*, Engineering Technology, Indpls, IN 2005 – 2007

* Worked full-time, no debt, through college; flat-top roofer, sys-admin, web developer.  I am eight classes short of a degree, and I have no intention of completing it.


Barista, Certified & Licensed in Australia by CBD College, Sydney, RTO# 91399

* SITHFAB005 - Prepare and serve espresso coffee

* SITXFSA001 - Use hygienic practices for food safety