Brit C Gardner

Senior Software Engineer ·


11+ years of software engineering experience ranging from web and mobile apps to RESTful APIs to games.
  • Shipped high-traffic products on both the front-end (HTML5, React, iOS) and back-end (RESTful APIs, Queuing, Async Processing).
  • Production knowledge of server administration and database performance optimization.
  • Experience leading a small team of developers.



  • Ruby
  • Javascript (ES5 & ES6+)
  • C#
  • Objective C
  • Swift
  • PHP


  • Backend - Ruby/Rails, Node/Express
  • Frontend - React, HTML5, CSS3, iOS
  • Datastores - MySQL, Memcached, Redis, MongoDB, Elastic Search
  • Devops - nginx, Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Amazon Linux), Docker, Amazon Web Services, Kubernetes
  • SCM - git
  • Game Engines - Unity3D


Valassis Digital

Senior Architect & Engineer - Frontend (React, iOS) and Backend (Node/Express)

Jan, 2017 - present

Transition and maintain Key Ring after acquisition. Architect and implement experimental web and mobile apps in the consumer shopping industry.

  • Transition Key Ring from our custom AWS server cluster to Valassis' Kubernetes infrastructure
  • Maintain and update Key Ring web and iOS apps to integrate with Valassis' initiatives
  • Maintain a complex web-based internal order management system
  • Work with a team to build experimental consumer-facing web and mobile apps

Key Ring

Lead Engineer - Frontend (React, iOS) and Backend (Ruby/Rails, Node/Express)

2010 - present

Technical Lead for all engineering efforts for a popular, high traffic mobile app. Ship production code on the entire stack.

  • Design, build and maintain the RESTful API handling millions of requests per day.
  • Design, build and maintain the robust management dashboard for operating all aspect of the App and API.
  • Implement caching and syncing strategies and performance optimization
  • Built the original iOS app
  • Integrate native-feeling and responsive web views into the mobile app.
  • Provision and manage our infrastructure of 30+ servers on Amazon Web Services
  • Hire and coordinate a small team of developers
  • First employee and first full-time developer

Figaro Interactive, LLC

Owner / Primary Engineer

2007 - 2010

Freelance and consulting work primarily building web applications.

Hobbies / Projects

Foolish Aggro Games

Hobby game development and design with HTML5 and Unity3D.

  • Forgecraft - web-based pattern matching puzzle game
  • Pyroclasm - iOS (Unity3D) infinite runner
  • Mazing Run - iOS / Android (Unity3D) infinite maze runner


Web app for small-to-medium size business to organize and manage their myriad of SaaS tools. Built to help me manage our SaaS graph at Key Ring and opened up to public signups.


University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

2001 - 2005


  • App API and Infrastructure
  • Latest Web Technologies
  • Game Design and Development
  • Cooking