Sascha Faun Winter

Experienced Application Engineer

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Selected Employment

Lead Engineer

Stitch Fix

August 2016 to July 2017

Functioned as team lead for large customer-facing projects. Mentored junior developers and fostered team culture. Built sustainable products and maintained existing systems. Led performance audits and provided recommendations to the larger team for improvements. Maintained and upgraded critical continuous delivery systems and high-scale production systems. Designed, implemented and maintained distributed, service-oriented applications. Built geolocation microservice application in Golang.

Select technologies used:

Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ, Redis, Golang, React

Owner & CEO

Hydra Development, Inc., San Francisco, California

August 2012 to December 2016

Founder and primary developer at a software consulting company focused on building high-quality, scalable and reliable web applications for companies in the technology industry.

Select clients include:

TaskRabbit, Wootric, Neo Innovation, Timeline Labs, Afolio

Senior Developer

Cloud City Development, San Francisco, California

February 2013 to April 2014

Engineered web applications for startups in the Bay Area. Wrote robust applications for clients utilizing pair programming, behavior-driven development, continuous integration, and code reviews. Managed feature backlog and requirements using Pivotal Tracker and developed software using Extreme Programming techniques. Interviewed, trained and coached numerous coding bootcamp students through a company mentorship program.

Select technologies used:

Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, Ember.js, Ember Data, D3.js/Rickshaw, RSpec/RSpec Mocks, Jasmine/Sinon.js, Pusher, Bootstrap

Application Developer

John McNeil Studio, Berkeley, California

April 2012 to July 2012

Created sophisticated mobile application for a major health insurance company.

Select technologies used:

Ruby on Rails, Test::Unit, Capybara, Cucumber, PhantomJS, Backbone.js, jQuery, QUint/Sinon.JS, HTML5/CSS3, PhoneGap

Web/Applications Developer

Traction Corporation, San Francisco, California

Mar 2008 to April 2012

Responsible for development of email campaigns, web applications, micro-sites and e-commerce solutions for corporate clients on a strict timeframe and with exacting specifications and requirements. Built a Rails application for company blog and portfolio showcase using custom blogging framework and content management system written from scratch. Built custom user interface for website administration by pairing with designers and defining requirements from the ground up. Interviewed and evaluated new candidates for the development team, and helped to train new hires. Responsible for delivering exacting work under tight timelines and demanding expectations.

Recent Projects


Zinedistro is a ready-made content management tool for creators of zines to distribute their work. Deployment to Heroku is a just a button push away.


An experiment in learning Golang, bitrot aims to fight silent data corruption by generating file checksums and later verifying the checksum value. This tool is meant to be run on a regular basis on a network attached storage device.

Technical Blog Posts & Talks

Break Glass In Case of Emergency

Lightning talk at Fog City Ruby meetup group about network faults and how to manage failure in a complex web application. Slides available here [June 2017]

Paperclip Extensions

Wrote a blog post for Cloud City about testing a file upload cropper built for a legacy application. [May 2013]

Wordpress and Capistrano

Wrote a blog post for Traction about deploying a WordPress site with Capistrano and Subversion. [March 2011]


Cabrillo College, Aptos, California - 2004-2007 - Skills Certificate, Web Programming

University of California, Santa Cruz, California - 2001-2004 - Studied Community Studies

El Molino High School, Forestville, California - Graduated 2001


Available upon request.