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Matthew Hudson, Developer-at-Large

Colombian-American developer with more than 10+ years' experience. As a Lead Dev I have track record of building engaged cultures and finding sensible solutions to ambiguous requirements while delivering under deadline.

Work Experience

Mar 2018 - Current

Sabbatical Leave, Digital Nomad

Mar 2018 - Current
Oct 2016 - Jul 2018

Condé Nast, Co/Lab, Engineering Director

Oct 2016 - Jul 2018

Managed managers (five directs, total team of ~25-30 engineers) across some of Condé's flagship publications; ​Bon Appétit, Traveler, Epicurious, The New Yorker, ​and Vanity Fair.​

  • Trained myself out-of-a-job by effectively staffing and building diverse teams who could continue to advance our products even in my absence.
  • Fostered a collaborative work environment by combating a legacy "hero culture."
  • Collaborated with my counterparts to; define and communicate Core Values, redesign engineering interview process (hire faster and better), improve new hire onboarding (get new employees up-to-speed faster), establish career ladder, goal-setting (OKRs, KPIs), and plan quarterly/annual roadmaps.
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

Condé Nast, Vanity Fair, Engineering Manager

Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

Earned the trust and respect of my stakeholders through effective staffing (a team of 4-7), prioritizing tasks that positively impacted readers, and then achieving Vanity Fair’s digital objectives.

  • Collaborated with product and design, as well as reporters, photographers and editors in the newsroom throughout the full product lifecycle.
  • Stabilized team engineering standards, process, and velocity.
  • Created opportunities for engineers to own aspects of development aligned with their passions and career goals.
  • Successfully completed (and ahead of schedule), three new web verticals (The Hive, Vanities, and HWD), alongside tentpole events including the Oscars and New Establishment summits.
  • Surpassed web performance KPIs ahead of all 20+ Condé brands, evangelized our research and findings both company-wide and within the industry via conferences and meetups.
Oct 2014 - Jun 2015

Betaworks, Katapult Studios (née Kandu), Interim CTO

Oct 2014 - Jun 2015

Led a team of three-to-five developers and rebuilt morale during a difficult leadership transition and major product pivot.

Feb 2015 - Apr 2015

Betaworks, Quire (née Alphaworks), Interim CTO

Feb 2015 - Apr 2015

Worked directly with the CEO after a company pivot to build a new engineering team while also stabilizing early product roadmap.

Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

Betaworks, Katapult Studios (née Kandu), Senior Web Application Developer

Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

Contributed to the architecture, development, and maintenance of several high-stakes web properties.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
Aug 2011 - Jan 2013

Adecco, Software Engineer

Aug 2011 - Jan 2013
Jun 2010 - Aug 2011

R3Global, Software Engineer

Jun 2010 - Aug 2011
2008 - Current

Education

Projects

Accomplishment: Condé Nast Sales Record, Engineering Manager

Thanks to some quick thinking and ingenuity from my team, we were able quickly repurpose existing site-functionality to take advantage of an influx of traffic which resulted in a 100-fold increase in VF's subscriptions - netting the magazine more than a million dollars.

NodeJS Foundation Case Study: How Condé Nast Used Node.js to Unify Brands and Create Customer Faith, Contributor

Condé Nast’s Technology team was faced with a challenge: over 20 different brands were using different systems, tech stacks, and programming languages - a situation that strained the IT teams, both culturally and technically.

Article: Everyone Had Too Much Fun Defacing Trump’s Official Web Site, Opinion

Asked to weigh in with his expert opinion, Vanity Fair’s director of engineering Matthew Hudson blamed the issue on “plain ol’ shoddy coding.”

Open Source: current-device, Maintainer

JavaScript module for device detection with 3.7K stars on Github and roughly 45K monthly downloads on NPM.

Open Source: githooks.com, Maintainer

A simple guide to the wonders git hooks.

Skills

Languages & Technologies
Unix JavaScript Node.js React Flux Relational Databases SQL
Standards & Compliance
WCAG/Accessibility COPPA Compliance PCI Compliance ADA Compliance Google Pagespeed Lighthouse
Leadership
Stakeholder Management Change Management Problem Solving Managing Up
Experience
Platform Migrations Content Management Systems Microservices E-Commerce AdTech Paywalls

References

Morgan Evans, VP of Engineering, Condé Nast International
Arlie Sisson, VP of Product, Condé Nast
Brooke Ellis, VP of Design, Condé Nast