Philip Brocoum

Senior full-time Ruby on Rails developer

Based in New York City

Career Timeline

I've been a full-stack Ruby on Rails web developer since 2008. I have nearly a decade of experience working with large web applications running on Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Amazon AWS, Linux, git, Chef, and more.


Ruby on Rails software engineer, 2014 - 2016

Merit helps colleges showcase their students' achievements online. I coded the Merit apps and provisioned their deployment on Amazon AWS, under the CTO. I also managed project timelines and interviewed developers for our team.


Ruby on Rails web developer, 2008 - 2014

readMedia sends press releases via mail merge for their clients. I upgraded the existing Rails 2 app to Rails 3, and was one of three developers working full-time on the app for many years.

Go Green Ride

Ruby on Rails consultant, 2013

Go Green Ride is a green alternative to taxis and ridesharing. I consulted on their main app, and provisioned it in production using Capistrano.


Analyst, 2007 - 2008

Brightidea provides online innovation management software. As one of their early employees, I helped with sales, onboarding, consulting, traveling, and running their software.

NYC Dept. of Education

Math Teacher, 2005 - 2006

After getting my Master's in Math Education, I taught 8th grade math at the Shuang Wen School in NYC's Chinatown as part of the Math for America program.

My Skills

I work with all the current tools and platforms for Ruby on Rails web development. I'm constantly trying out the cutting-edge as well, such as Docker.

Ruby on Rails

I started with Rails 2 back in 2008. Today, I'm still going strong with Rails 5.


I have expert-level knowledge in the foundation of the web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.


I work with large MySQL databases hundreds of gigabytes in size with millions of rows.

Amazon AWS

I manage medium-scale infrastructure with dozens of servers on Amazon AWS, both manually and using Chef.


I'm well-versed in Linux server administration and Bash scripting — musts for any full-stack developer.


git is my preferred SCM. I'm also fluent in Subversion.


I use Vagrant to keep my development environment as close to production as possible.

Social Networks

I integrate Rails with major social network APIs, for better data and engagement.


I'm a mathematician by education, and my first job was as a math teacher in New York City. Mathematics and programming are closely related, and I quickly took to my new career as a Ruby developer.

Master of Arts in Math Education

New York University, 2005-2006

I attended NYU through Math for America where I expanded my theoretical knowledge of mathematics with practical knowledge of teaching.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001-2005

I received my degree in Mathematics from MIT in 2005. I have two publications: "Reflections in a Euclidean Space," and "Exploration of Reflection Holograms and Their Fringes With a Scanning Electron Microscope."

Professional Rails Work

Fun Side Projects

Old Projects

Personal Life

I maintain a healthy work/life balance. If you would like to learn more about me as a person, beyond my Ruby professional life, check out the links below!

My YouTube Channel

I have 5,000 subscribers, and I post math tutorials, guitar covers, funny gymnastics, and whatever else interests me.

US Chess Federation

With a current ELO rating of 1618, I'm always looking to improve.

MIT Sailing Club

I'm a lifetime member. If we are in Boston, I'll take you out on the Charles.

Mediterranean Food

My family is Greek, and so is my stomach.

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Contact Me

Are you looking for a full-time Senior Ruby on Rails Developer or Engineering Manager? I'm based in New York City, but I also have years of experience working remotely. Drop me a line.

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