Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

Senior Software Engineer (full stack) for High-Tech Startups
Princeton graduate with more than 16 years of leadership roles in software engineering, product management, and both entrepreneurial and enterprise web development.

“I’d hire Ryan again in a heartbeat and wish I could hire 100 more of him.”


  • As a full-stack engineer for the 156th-fastest-growing company in the US, internationalized (into Chinese, Russian, and Korean) a prominent “cash back and coupons” website, which then dominated the Chinese market and was acquired by a competitor (Ebates), who was then acquired by an $11B company (Rakuten).
  • Co-founded and led a successful coaching business for 5 years, acting as head of business strategy, technology, and marketing.
  • Led massive technology projects for the largest, fastest-growing hedge fund in the world, producing innovative solutions for struggling departments with restricted resources (due to security requirements) and was also a member of billionaire founder Ray Dalio’s “Culture Carriers” team, helping teach his management principles to newer employees as we scaled from 200 to 1,000+ employees (see bestselling book https://www.principles.com/#tedtalk).

Technical Expertise

  • Front-end: React, JavaScript, ES6, RedwoodJS, jQuery, Webpack, AJAX, HTML5, CSS, SCSS, Jasmine, Stripe, GTM, mobile-first responsive design, Photoshop, learning: Redux, Apollo, AngularJS, TypeScript, Vue
  • Back-end: PHP (Laravel 7, Eloquent, Zend, etc), Java, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Horizon Redis, Nginx, Apache, Git, Slack, Docker, unit testing, functional testing, learning: GraphQL, Prisma, Node.js, Python, Ruby on Rails, Solidity
  • Amazon Web Services: AWS S3, SNS, SES, SQS, Elastic Load Balancer, EC2, etc.


Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts

Professional Experience

Senior Software Engineer
  • Building systems to enable the CEO of a $1B company to identify top employees and efficiently recruit thousands more with those characteristics.
Oct 2015 — March 2020
  • Architected, designed, and developed the payment systems, automations, email services, databases (ensuring uncompromising security and confidentiality of all materials), course portals, internal dashboards, analytics, risk controls, and Facebook ads for a successful online course business.
Senior Software Engineer & Product Manager
May 2013 — Feb 2015
  • Internationalized (into Chinese, Russian, and Korean) a prominent “cash back and coupons” website, which then dominated the Chinese market and was acquired by a competitor.
Senior Software Engineer & UX Designer
May 2012 — May 2013
  • Lead UX engineer for preeminent international coupons/cash-back/product-comparison site experiencing explosive growth and profits.
  • Invented cutting-edge A/B experiment approaches to test success of design ideas.
Software Engineer & UX Engineer
January 2011 — May 2012
  • Lead software engineer responsible for building a white-labeled enterprise dashboard that enables Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and other cell phone carriers to offer new smartphones with industry-changing “à la carte” billing technology that has become popular internationally (and required the utmost precision since it controlled users’ charges).
  • Lead UX engineer responsible for consumer-facing website that enables Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, and other cell phone customers to configure their smartphones’ plans.
November 2010 — December 2011
  • Architected, designed, and developed powerful alumni networking site featuring discussion forums, local alumni personality matcher, and more.
July 2010 — December 2011
  • Architected, designed, and developed location-aware website that was the largest web-based listing of free items offered for local reuse.
(#1 hedge fund in the world)
Technology Consultant & UX Designer
May 2010 — June 2010
  • Managed a team of technologists in construction of large database & reporting system for company-wide metrics.
Software Developer / Project Manager / Analyst
October 2007 — May 2010
  • Coded a system to produce bi-monthly reports for the CEO revealing the health of all parts of the 1,000-person investment firm (world’s largest hedge fund).
  • Built customized software solutions from scratch within very restrictive environment (limited tools available due to security requirements) to manage job postings (for Recruiting department), create and distribute 360° feedback surveys, and manage incoming support tickets.
  • In a struggling department, instituted a culture of logging all issues, analyzing themes, diagnosing their root causes, and resolving the causes systematically.
  • Designed and implemented management dashboards for departments such as Human Resources.
Investment Associate
August 2006 — October 2007
  • Client Service — as member of 10-person analytics team regarded as the best in the finance industry, provided strategic analysis & client service to largest institutional investors in the world (top pension funds, university endowments, charitable foundations, etc).
  • Account Management — automated systems that cross-checked the firm’s trades throughout global markets ($140 billion in assets) to ensure proper execution.
  • Marketing — presented custom investment/risk analysis to help win new accounts (millions of dollars in annual revenue).
  • In Investment Associate program, rotated through responsibilities in Account Management, Marketing, and Client Service departments after being trained by world-renowned Chief Investment Officers Ray Dalio and Greg Jensen.
Princeton University’s official student homepage
Developer and Webmaster
2005 — 2006
  • Engineered and led Princeton University’s official student homepage and primary source of information for undergraduates for two years (Point.Princeton.edu). Also invented Point’s predecessor and helped acquire founding support for it.


  • new technology (AI, deep learning, blockchain, drones, VR/AR, biotech, nanotech, 3D printing, space exploration, etc)
  • entrepreneurship
  • positive psychology
  • mindbody interaction
  • user experience
  • cryptography
  • basketball
  • surfing
  • soccer

Favorite Books