Software developer

Sr. Ruby on Rails Developer
Experienced NodeJS Developer
Experienced VueJS Developer

Phone: +33 619 898 980 (France)
Email: laurent.schaffner.jobs@gmail.com

Summary

I’m a lifelong student first and foremost. I’m always trying to improve myself and learn new things. I’m interested in various fields, mostly coding, business, marketing, psychology linguistic and anthropology.

I am a seasoned programmer with more than 10 years in SaaS and am well versed in many languages. I try my best to thoroughly understand the technical challenges of each project going in and then choose the most effective platform / language to see it through. Recently most of the projects I’ve worked on have been based in Ruby on Rails, NodeJS and Laravel. I write clean readable and scalable code.

For the majority of my career I have been in a back-end position. I’m good at dealing with the server side and know the importance of being able to adapt myself to any given situation / technology. I pride myself in being able to think through complex systems, anticipate problems, and fix them before they happen.


Experience

Livestorm SAS (Paris, France)

Technical Leader / Sr. Ruby on Rails Developer

Since June 2018

This fast growing startup specialized in webinar needed someone on the back-end to bulk up their technical team. Being a new kind of project for me, I decided to join them as learning about livestream management and working on a unified product seemed very interesting.

DigPanda GmbH (Munich, Germany)

Technical Leader / Sr. Ruby on Rails Developer

May 2016 - April 2018

This startup called me to help them technically ; unable to release a solid sino-germanic marketplace, they asked for help. I had to take the lead on a small team, rebuild completely their front-end, stabilize the whole back-end side and improve its speed / scalability. I established multiple processes such as deployment automatism, programming good practices, testing, git organization, schedule boards and finally delivered a stable version after a few months.

Virtual Safety Inc & Gotham Partners LLC (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Ruby on Rails Developer

Feb 2014 - Jan 2016

Back-end developer & Software Architect in a team of four Ruby on Rails developers. We created three full stack ruby SaaS applications and handled everything from design and planning to deployment. I personally dealt with the project schematics, software flow, creating multiple APIs, and wrote most of the backend code. Had to overcome obstacles such as constantly evolving software requirements based on user’s needs while keeping the code base clean and maintainable.

La Petite Box SAS (Bordeaux, France)

Chairman / Sr. Laravel Developer

Sept 2014 - Apr 2016

Created a monthly delivery box company with two other associates and one graphic artist. I was the lead developer / project manager and created a very customized shopping cart tailored to the needs of our delivery service. I engineered systems to handle customer leads, order flow, a recurring payment system using stripe (>50 000 euros growth), and a module that programmatically fulfilled orders. I also aggregated data that was collected from our users and build out a reporting module with several easy to understand graphs that helped to make sense of many complex and relational data sets (>2 000 orders).

Agence Volt (Bordeaux, France)

Director Strategy / Project Manager

Nov 2012 - Nov 2013

Created a code outsourcing company with one associate. I had to find customers and deal with their needs as project manager / back-end developer. Three big web-projects were made throughout an entire year and stayed scalable despite lots of changes from the initial requests to the end.

Beauté-Marine (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Web strategy / Web Developer

May 2013

Despite the brevity of this experience I must write it down. Greece was in the middle of the crisis back then and I helped out this wholesale company with their web strategy in an emergency context. I had to setup a product website and find ways to make them visible on Internet while their growth was going way down. They are still on track today.

iDrink Livraison (Arcachon, France)

General Manager / Web Developer

May 2011 - Sept 2011

In my hometown it was legal to sell alcohol late into the night, but most stores did not stay open late. There was a need that no one was servicing. I teamed up with one other associate and created a web based alcohol delivery service. We leveraged the power of social media in combination with an easy to use web interface that made ordering alcohol online easier than ordering a pizza. We started with a Minimum Valuable Product and after seeing success we began growing the usability of the ordering platform. Aside from improving the website, we created an App that customers could use as well to order from their phones. The company became very profitable very quickly. We however, found it difficult to grow outside of the local area for legal reasons. After overcoming all the technological challenges I started to grow bored with the business and ultimately sold the company for a nice profit.

Freelancer

Web Developer

2003 - May 2014

I started to get contracts for ActionScript development back in 2003. At the time there were a big trend on Flash games / Casino games ; I surfed on it for a while. I then got hired from time to time on different fields and evolved by learning other languages (C, TCL/eggdrop, PHP, ...) ; my projects went from IRC server bots to Flash encapsulated softwares. During this period I got hooked on web development and have continued in this field ever since. I began improving my workflow by moving to an Object-Oriented / MVC approach. I got several small / middle sized web projects throughout the years as freelancer beside my other projects.


Education

Started college in 2009 after a successful Literature Baccalauréat. I earned a Licence of Communication in Bordeaux and then studied Linguistic Science for one additional year. I worked as developer in parallel of all this and decided to stop my formal college studies to focus on my passion which has become SaaS software development and pursue my business ideas.