who am i

Volkan Yavuz

Software Engineer

Detailed-oriented and innovative software developer with over 10 years of experience with building web-based software applications using LAMP stack. Professional strengths include a deep knowledge of software development tools and working in fast-paced, deadline-oriented environments. Productive individual dedicated to maintaining up-to-date industry knowledge and IT skills.


Computer Science @ City University of New York - Hunter College

December 2006 - January 2011

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professional skills

  • Laravel

  • Zend Framework

  • php/mysql

  • javascript (jquery)

  • Caching Systems (redis, memcached)

  • Linux

  • Amazon Web Services

  • Elastic Search

  • HTML5/CSS3

  • AngularJS

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Responsible

  • Creative

  • Multitasking



Lead Software Engineer @ Internet Brands

February 2018 - Current

Designed, architected, tested, and deployed in-house web-based systems.

Improved overall code-base for the result of increasing Google page-speed scores of the SEO oriented application

Led the development of upgrading Laravel 4.2 to 5.7 which resulted in increased page speeds and also implemented asset management using npm

Optimized speed in API calls by refactoring code and introducing a new caching mechanism using Redis

Built vagrant dev environment for other developers which mirrors the production server

Wrote bash scripts to automate deployment using Jenkins, collaborated with the Q&A team which led to improved test automations

Created technical documentations on Confluence to help developers understand development changes, mentored and reviewed other developer's code

Senior Software Engineer @ AVN Media Network Inc.

March 2016 - February 2018

Responsible for building, deploying and maintaining the company's next generation website as launched in August 2016 as well as maintaining and deploying fixes to the existing infrastructure.

Key role in the architecture and implementation of the brand new company CMS, built with Laravel 5 framework using PHP7 on an AWS Infrastructure. Other technologies utilized include Redis caching, Elastic Search and the writing of Migration Scripts to transfer all existing site content from the old to the new SQL database.

Senior Platform Engineer @ Forbes Magazine LLC.

January 2013 - March 2016

Responsible for the architecture, development, developing and maintaining a %99.99999 up-time of the internal company Publishing Platform; Editorial Tools v1.

This platform is used by hundreds of our contributors, editors and producers daily to publish articles to the company web site, allowing them to easily edit pages with convenient article promotion to specific locations on the site and title as well as headline and description in-line editing. Notable features of this platform also include image replacement, promotion and cropping. Additionally, this platform has been successfully licensed to other publishing web sites.

Implementation of this platform was executed in a custom written WordPress-like code with PHP, Mongo and our custom JAVA API in the back-end and a JAVA templating engine on the front-end.

Responsibilities have evolved further to include developmental lead of Editorial Tools v2 using AngularJS on the front-end, Zend Framework 2, Mongo and our custom JAVA API on back-end, and maintaining Continuous Development using Jenkins.

Web Application Architect @ Globalworks Group LLC.

July 2011 - December 2012

Key role in the redesign of next generation web application for a Fortune 500 Company's extranet, intranet and public facing website.

Sole developer responsible for coding & implementation of client CMS using Zend Framework.
Responsible for managing, development, staging, testing and production servers on a load-balanced Linux environment.
Implemented Memcached on production and staging servers.
Configuration and maintenance of Git on all servers.
Created a RESTful API that communicates with client's DAL server as well as cronjobs that run daily for up-to-date transactional data.
Developed functions for Magento Enterprise platform to make use of client RESTful APIs.
Principal role of post-launch hot bug fixing whenever needed.
Writing of technical specifications and guidelines for training front-end developers.
Experience working with Scrum software development methodologies.
Versatility to assist other developer teams with building standalone campaign pages in a .NET environment using C#.

Software Engineer @ Mybuilding.org (acquired by BuildingLink)

January 2010 - January 2011

Vital member of the Engineering Team responsible with developing the company's next generation platform, MyBuilding.org v2.0 based on Zend Framework and MySQL.

Contributed to MyBuilding v1.0 to standardize the overall software development process and engine, improve legacy code base to enhance performance of the application by implementing classes from Zend Framework.

Provided performance tuning towards the admin/back-end development for allowance of high-traffic which was achieved by making use of Zend_Db and its adapters with SQL statements re-written and memcaching enabled.

Produced code with technical documentation which is scalable and maintainable code.

Lead Web Developer @ ForeScene Web Solutions

June 2008 - December 2009

Provided leadership in web application development strategy and execution for client projects.

Developed the necessary back-end architecture for custom web applications using cutting-edge web technologies including PHP and AJAX.

Leveraging of open source software, libraries and frameworks to allow feature-rich custom solutions for small businesses.

Implemented direction for coordination of programming solutions and web design.

Administration of Linux-based dedicated server for hosting client sites

Responsible for the interviewing / hiring process for the expansion of the development team

Web Application Developer @ Avatar New York

April 2007 - May 2008

Used agile techniques for various web projects and built, tested, launched and maintained LAMP-based web applications.
Wrote, updated and maintained code as advised by client technology executives and CTO.

Operated in an individual and small team capacity of 2 people to deliver on time, error-free coding.

Involved in design development and maintenance as a member of the engineering team.

Served in management role regarding client communications of project status.

Front-End Developer @ Liquid Comma Design

December 2006 - April 2007

Wrote company's web-based client content management software to enable clients to upload and maintain their web site content automatically.

Performed coding in HTML, CSS, XHTML and JavaScript for all client pages from .psd files.

Worked closely with designers to overcome design issues related to IE.