Ryan Small

ryan@foundatron.com | 509-981-5284
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Battle tested technologist based in Seattle; equally comfortable in the role of individual contributor or manager.


DevOps: Experienced builder of reliable, secure, automated infrastructure

Software Development: Pythonista who loves infrastructure as code

Manager: Experienced people manager with a record of success helping team members achieve career goals

Social: Truly enjoys working with others to foster success in the business, co-workers, and clients

Avid Learner: Former teacher, and perpetual student. Safari Books Online subscription is most treasured possession


Python Bash AWS Saltstack Puppet
Golang GDAL GIS Vagrant lxc/lxd
Git Vagrant Jenkins Linux Google Cloud Platform
RESTful APIs ssh Packaging Archiva Softlayer
Docker Postgresql NoSQL Vim Not Emacs


DevOps Engineer | Booking.com | 2015 - Current

Booking.com is the world leader in booking accommodation online

Works across teams building and operating secure and reliable infrastructure. Evangelizes and implements best infrastructure security practices.

Co-Owner | Bars and Spaces, LLC | 2015 - 2016

Bar and Spaces specializes in software development and support services for embedded systems.

Does a bit of everything: co-runs a business, builds new opportunities, and writes code. Works directly with customers to determine project requirements while setting realistic expectations for deliverables. Favorite part of the job is evaluating embedded hardware solutions.

DevOps Engineer and QA Manager | ClipCard | 2013-2015

ClipCard was a personal search app startup that began it's life as a bathymetric data arbitrage startup called OneOcean.

Created, operated, and improved secure and reliable infrastructure for applications, deployment and continuous integration. Target platforms included AWS, Softlayer and local instances. Also managed human QA resources, and releases.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Longest tenured employee at ClipCard. Experienced a startup from conception to closure
  • Made the dream of a fully Puppetized deployments a reality
  • Made it possible to do push button deployments of QA environments
  • Built infrastructure that allowed management to safely push changes to the corporate website without help from Ops
  • Built continuous integration infrastructure that tested and packaged every commit pushed
  • Performed emergency open heart surgery in production and never killed the patient

GIS and QA Engineer | ClipCard | 2012-2013

Started doing a bit of everything, but evolved into mostly python focused SDET work. Also became practiced in the art of hiring.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Lead testing efforts for critical release milestone that unlocked funding round
  • Orchestrated testing between teams in Seattle and in Hyderabad, India
  • Developed python scripts for geospatial processing
  • Configured and managed production systems

Application Support Specialist | Northwest Administrators | 2011-2012

Northwest Administrators are a third party administrator of employee benefits and benefit claim processing services. They also manage the 35 billion dollar Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust.

Provided support for internal applications, systems, and reports. Resolved issues affecting production systems, particularly those involving prescription and COBRA benefits. Tested, coordinated, and communicated application changes with management, developers, and users.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Developed Python and VBA scripts that automated routine tasks that had been done manually for years
  • Learned a lot about how our healthcare sausage is made

Compliance Auditor | Northwest Administrators | 2010-2011

Performed compliance analysis in maintenance of the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust Fund

Key Accomplishments:

  • Developed VBA and Python scripts that automated much of the work of auditing the largest account which been previously done completely by hand.

International Work | 2006-2010

Taught for four years in private and public institutions in Japan and Korea.

Places of Employment:

Key Accomplishments:

  • Gained valuable experience organizing and leading groups of people
  • Developed and deployed engaging, culturally appropriate curricula
  • Succeeded in work and life environments that had dramatic communication and cultural hurdles
  • Saw a lot of the world


Certificate in Python, University of Washington | 2014

Certificate in GIS, Penn State University | 2011

Certificate in Korean Language, Gangnam-UC Riverside International Education Center | 2010

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University | 2006

Activities and Interests

  • Co-Organizer of Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source
  • General interests include my wife, Linux, history, travel, cycling, music
  • Current obsessions include relearning how to ride a BMX bike, my standing desk, the Byzantine Empire, the bronze age collapse, and Golang