My name is Michael Thomas, but I go by Mike or mbthomas or refact0r on the internet. I live and work in Los Angeles, CA.
I work at Scopely, a mobile startup in Los Angeles where I am a lead platform engineer. I build highly scalable, high traffic backend systems that support all our products.
Previously I led the development of the visible side of ScoreBig.com, a startup creating a value market for live events by dynamically pricing and selling unsold tickets. Read on TechCrunch and the Los Angeles Times.
Before ScoreBig, I led the software development team at a local college and led technology briefly at a small tech company. I've been doing web development, programming, and consulting since high school.
PhoneID allows users to log into websites using their phone as their identity instead of a username and password. For developers it removes the work of storing passwords or traditional forgotten password flows. It won best B2B app at the 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.
The Social Jukebox is an SMS controlled, collaborative jukebox. It won 2nd place overall at the 2012 Hollywood Hack Day as well as two sponsor prizes.
I created TweetGo to meet a personal need (no good Twitter client on my then smartphone) and found that there are a few thousand others who were in the same boat. Even though I've moved on to an iPhone, I still use TweetGo on my iPad semi-regularly. I thought this would fade into total obscurity, but over half a year later, I'm still getting thousands of pageviews a day and have a thousand or so consistent users.
Technically, I'm facinated by machine learning and collective intelligence. I love building elegant, scalable solutions to hard problems. Python is my favorite language. Redis and cassandra are my favorite data stores.
I love craft beer, great food, biking, music, and traveling. You'll often find me at a local pub, great restaurant, or exploring some hidden corner of Los Angeles.
Elsewhere on the Internet
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