Daniel Talsky

I create beautiful software, independently or in teams, with good planning, testing, continuous integration, version control, and solid technical writing.

Photo: Lora Robertson

Work: Satellite Collective presents “Walls Are Here To Fall”

Work History

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May 2021 — Current

Senior Software Engineer II, divvyDOSE / Optum

Primary Technologies:

Python, Flask, Serverless, Terraform, AWS Lambda, DynamoDB

  • Used Domain Driven Design to design and build high-volume microservices using serverless technologies
  • Served as Incident Commander, coordinating company-wide responses to production outages
  • Managed compliance with controlled substance reporting to state governments

October 2017 — May 2021

Senior Associate / Software Engineer, Capital One Financial

Primary Technologies:

Python, Django, RabbitMQ, Docker, AWS, Kubernetes, Terraform, Jenkins, PostgreSQL

  • Authored cyber threat modeling documents for bank infrastructure
  • Created fully containerized environments for applications using Docker, ECS and Kubernetes
  • Wrote a full BDD testing suite in Ruby/Gherkin for a large integration project
  • Created predictive load-based ECS scaling to reduce EC2 cost usage cost by 16%
  • Contributed to a large Python 2-3 codebase conversion
  • Wrote scalable REST API's to help serve Capital One Shopping's 10+ million active customers
  • Created push notification messaging architecture for iOS and Android

2014 — Current

Director of Technology, Satellite Collective

Primary Technologies:

Google Analytics, Google Ads, Ruby on Rails, Heroku, HTML/SASS, JavaScript, jQuery, Apache, PHP, AWS

  • Set up payment processing and infrastructure for our Fellows program, offering guidance, fundraising support, and growth strategies
  • Webmaster and SEO consultant for a prominent 501(c)(3) New York arts organization
  • Created an open-source web application to display networked art project involving more than 400 people in 43 countries. New York Times coverage: "Satellite Collective, including a programmer and a designer, Daniel Talsky and Matt Dabrowiak, [...] created an elegant website that displays the works as a sort of family tree."
  • Elevated web site to top ranking position on major search engines

July 2016 — July 2017

Senior Software Engineer, Talent Inc.

Primary Technologies:

Docker, Docker Compose, Gulp, PHP, Python

  • Increased production page performance by 60%
  • Wrote a custom front-end build system in Node and Gulp
  • Developed Docker containers for each product
  • Troubleshooter for all web application PCI compliance issues

June 2013 — April 2016

Software Engineer, Sony Music

Primary Technologies:

PHP, Zend, MySQL, Git, AWS Redshift, AWS SQS, AWS CloudSearch, Python, Flask, JavaScript ES6, jQuery, Node.js, npm, Gulp, Grunt, React, Jenkins, Docker

  • Designed and authored natural language search RESTful microservice back-ended by Amazon CloudSearch. Pages powered by API saw a 75%+ performance boost
  • Co-architected and created BACON, the first commercial tool for automating YouTube monetization using the YouTube Partner API and Amazon SQS. Billboard Magazine coverage.
  • Collaboratively designed and authored Flask/Python REST microservices

February 2012 — June 2013

Web Developer, The Jones Group, Inc.

Primary Technologies:

DemandWare, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML/CSS

  • Developed and deployed DemandWare eCommerce properties for high-profile retail brands owned by The Jones Group
  • Part of a small agile team responsible for the implementation of new features, enhancements and marketing campaigns for several high-volume web properties collectively generating $80 million annually

October 2011 — February 2012

Web Developer, Bandwidth Productions, Inc.

Primary Technologies:

PHP, MySQL, FFmpeg

  • Integrated custom CMS with websites using PHP and MySQL
  • Wrote a cross-platform video processing queue using FFmpeg

December 2010 — August 2011

Web Developer, Big Fish Games

Primary Technologies:

PHP, MySQL, Lucene, Solr, SVN

  • Spearheaded a project to create a Solr-driven search tool to replace a JavaScript solution and brought the project to completion
  • Implemented PCI compliance with CSRF protection on account pages

July 2009 — December 2010

Independent Technology Consultant

Primary Technologies:

PHP, MySQL, SQLite, JavaScript, jQuery, Apache, SVN

  • Partnered with freelance creative resources to produce brand sites and web applications
  • Architected and authored a secure, classified web application for the U.S. military to manage security clearance for military personel

October 2007 — June 2009

Senior Developer, ProQuest

Primary Technologies:

Java, Ruby, C#, MSSQL, Perl, SVN

  • Implemented a high-availability SOAP-based XML API in C#.NET
  • Authored a detailed article about ProQuest library technology published by the prominent library and technology journal, Code4Lib.

March 2003 — October 2007

Owner and Application Architect, Roboticat

Primary Technologies:

PHP, Python, Ruby, PostgreSQL, GD Image Library, Apache, HTML/CSS

  • Managed design and implementation of online shopping cart for Utilikilts, increasing online sales by 20%
  • Architected and implemented program catalog and online registration system in a three month timeline handling thousands of registrations each day

Skills: Specific Technology Experience

  • Regularly use Ruby and Python for automation, file ingestion, web applications with Django and Rails, and Microservices with Flask
  • Regularly use containerization technologies like Docker, ECS, and Kubernetes
  • Regularly use front-end technologies like JavaScript ES6, JSLint, npm, LESS, SASS, HTML 5, CSS2, CSS3
  • Strong with natural language ingestion and search technologies like Lucene, Solr, ElasticSearch, CloudSearch
  • Built and architected tools using Amazon Web Services like Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, S3, SQS, Redshift, and Aurora
  • Strong PHP skills and proud of it, including related technologies like CakePHP, Zend, Composer, Laravel
  • Architected applications using queuing technologies like SQS, RabbitMQ, ZeroMQ, and Apollo


Capital One

I work in the bank's rapidly evolving Shopping Platform team and core Credit Card Rewards team. Within Shopping Platform I worked to bring newly acquired companies in line with Capitol One techonolgy, infrastructure, and standards, while growing at the same time.

I work at the intersection of CloudOps and application development. I implement tools in Python, Django, Docker, AWS ECS, AWS Fargate, and a host of other technologies to create scalable applications for our 8 million active users, and cross marketing to the even larger set of Capital One cardholders.

Satellite Collective

I have been the main technologist at New York arts organization Satellite Collective for years, serve on the board, and have the title of Director of Technology. Our organization sponsors

I manage all online tooling and vendor services. I manage SEO and brand presence for the brand, putting all our properties at top 5 natural google results.

I manage technical volunteers, architected, and built an interactive web application to store and display multimedia art works from 43 different countries and respond to traffic during peak media coverage. See the New York Times coverage of the project. View the project.

Sony Music // The Orchard

The Orchard, now Sony Music, used MySQL queries to search its vast music and film distribution catalog. I researched, designed, and contributed to a custom search microservice that took searches from seconds to milliseconds. I co-designed and contributed to BACON, the first fully automated tool for interacting with YouTube rights management, saving hundreds of hours of manual work each month. See media coverage

The Jones Group

The Jones Group manages several eCommerce brands that generate 80 million a year using a single codebase and the popular eCommerce platform: DemandWare. The sites I worked on include: jny.com, ninewest.com, anneklein.com, us.kurtgeiger.com, rachelroy.com, and brianatwood.com. I was part of a small 5 person development team that handled all features and updates to all the sites.


I wrote the first data API in SOAP and C#.NET to serve customers raw information from the popular Ulrich's brand.

I wrote Java and Ruby programs to manage and organize Terabytes worth of information about online serials.


Interests & Hobbies

I'm involved in the Interactive Fiction community, people who use computers to make something that's half story and half computer game. They're like literary Choose-Your-Own-Adventures.

One of my works was an award winner in the Interactive Fiction Competition, and another was an award winner in the Spring Thing Competition.

I also write some tools and tutorials to help other authors of Interactive Fiction write and style their own works.

I love music and listen to new albums every single week. Check out my Spotify Playlists

I'm just a little into numismatics and have been collecting in-circulation U.S. coins since I was a kid. How wholesome is that? You can see what pennies I still need here.

I also like to BBQ and grow cacti.

Say Hi


The best way to contact me is my email, danieltalsky@gmail.com. Please send a job description and I'll almost always respond, even if I'm not interested.

Other People

The best way to contact me is my email, danieltalsky@gmail.com.