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Ryan A. Koval

Software Engineering, Architecture & Management


Nov 2018 – present

Guilded (a Roblox subsidiary), Engineering Manager / Software Engineer

  • Ryan was a member of the original core engineering team responsible for the start-up's $7M Series A funding in April 2020 and ultimately the $90M acquisition by Roblox in August 2021.
  • He was a leader in recruitment and management helping grow the engineering team from 7 to 21+ people with less than 15% turnover over two years.
  • He employed growth engineering to grow the product from effectively 0 to 110k+ DAU/0.9M+ MAU over 3 years
  • He led many product and engineering initiatives from end-to-end, including gathering user requirements, collaborating with the UX design team, and shipping code to production
  • He worked as a full-stack engineer across web, desktop, mobile, backend, devops, CI/CD, cloud infrastructure, moderation/abuse, data stores, developer experience, and more
Feb 2016 – Oct 2018

LTK (formerly rewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it), Senior Software Engineer

  • Ryan led front-end development for a self-service collaborations portal, where he managed an international team
  • He helped build two major versions of a screen-scraping infrastructure used to gather data from all influencers for a customer-facing recommendation algorithm and general internal business intelligence
  • He was involved in designing and implementing new core infrastructure patterns to push the organization from a two-week deploy cycle to rapid continuous delivery
  • He revived multiple legacy node.js analytics projects plagued with stability problems and general disrepair
  • He rewrote infrastructure configuration for another failing project in charge of syncing critical internal data throughout multiple systems
Nov 2015 – Feb 2016

Bottle Rocket Studios, Lead Engineer

  • Ryan utilized his Scala experience to rapidly speed up development of a complex eCommerce ordering solution
Nov 2013 – Oct 2015

Slalom Consulting, Consultant

  • Ryan developed components for nearly all aspects of a multi-million dollar system prison telecommunication investigative tool.
  • He was assigned as a senior lead to drive Scala development of a huge AWS data processing pipeline for an agricultural business giant
Aug 2011 – Oct 2013

Credera, Consultant

  • Ryan interacted with and developed for nearly all aspects of a multi-million dollar automotive eCommerce website, which contained over 50 technology integrations and spanned over both desktop & mobile platforms.
  • He led front-end integration team of a classic Spring MVC implementation for a marketing tool used by an international marketing giant.

Aug 2007 – Jun 2011

Southern Methodist University

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (minor in Mathematics)