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Coby Benveniste

Senior Staff Engineer

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About Me

I am an American-Israeli software developer and entrepreneur. I grew up in Herzliya, Israel, and moved to the USA with my family in 2003. I started programming at the young age of 11, doing projects that I thought were cool, and soon realized my love for all things technology. As I matured, I decided to pursue a career in the field I loved, and focused on learning as much as I could about programming and software development.

After graduating high school, I studied for a year at the Engineering School of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on Computer Science. After studying at UIUC for a year, I began working in Atlanta for various companies, writing software and algorithms as an independent software developer.

As an independent developer, I have gotten a lot of experience working in small, medium, and large businesses, doing any sort of development that the companies need. I specializes in development, efficiency, and breaking things down in order to fix them and make them work better.

I moved back to Israel in 2016 and started working as a software developer soon after arriving here. As a software developer, I've learned to design architectures, create services in various languages, and help companies scale to the next level.

Experience

OpenWeb

Staff Engineer

Leading the Labs efforts on the Backend of OpenWeb. Working as a "Special Forces Engineer" to handle highly advanced projects in short timeframes. Helping push the technology of the OpenWeb Backend Infrastructure to new levels.

OpenWeb (formerly Spot.IM)

Tech Lead

Lead a team of developers at OpenWeb (formerly Spot.IM). Developed and designed the OpenWeb Moderation 2.0 platform, which handles ingesting, tagging, and moderating all of the user generated content of the platform at high scale, with a focus on speed, reliability, and efficiency.

OpenWeb (formerly Spot.IM)

Backend Software Engineer

Worked as the senior engineer on the Engineering team at a social engagement platform company. Developed new services in Ruby, Elixir, and Golang, and helped design the 2.0 architecture of the company utilizing event sourcing designs. Maintained all legacy services of the company, and led the rewrites of various legacy components into the brand new architecture.

Signals Analytics

Software Developer and Data Scientist

Worked on the Research and Analysis team at a product intelligence company. Developed new and innovative models to extract insights from scientific, social, and market data in various industries, as well as developing new tools to be used both internally and externally within our product.

Signals Analytics

Tableau Specialist

Worked on the Research and Analysis team and Professional Services team at a product intelligence company. Developed various template frameworks in the Tableau data visualization environment, as well as developing a classification algorithm.

Jamestown, L.P.

Independent Contractor

Worked as an independent consultant for a realty investments company. Developed a system for automating tax-reporting processes for the company to the federal government.

Leapfrog Services, Inc.

Software Developer

Worked as an in-house software developer at an IT Services company. Developed various reporting tools, automation scripts, proof-of-concept projects, and custom applications for internal company use.

IT Pros Philadelphia

Independent Contractor

Worked as an independent consultant for a recruiting startup company. Developed several programs including data crawlers and software integration for company use.

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

August 2014 - May 2015

College of Engineering

Hebrew University in Jerusalem

October 2013 - January 2014

Rothberg International School

Selected Projects

OpenWeb Moderation 2.0

A proprietary platform for OpenWeb (formerly Spot.IM). The mission was to build a complete infrastructure for ingesting, tagging, and moderating millions of pieces of user generated content per minute across all of the OpenWeb platform. The project was build with high scale, reliability, and efficiency in mind.

The project was built using an event sourced architecture with several microservices managing different parts of the system. It was written in Go, utilizing SQS and Kafka as event queues, and deployed on Kubernetes. After the creation of the system, a case study was done with Google's Jigsaw team on the effect of nudges and real-time moderation on users.

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Starship Web Server

A project built as a personal endeavor, to build a high speed web server in pure Elixir.

The project began with me wanting to learn how to build a reactor designed web server that can overtake the TechEmpower benchmarks for Elixir and Erlang's current benchmarks. It expanded a lot as I learned how the entire HTTP protocol worked, and I am currently working on expanding it into a complete webserver.

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Rulebase Classification Algorithm

A proprietary classification algorithm for Signals Analytics. The project entailed designing and developing a Natural Language Processing algorithm to take massive amounts of data points, each with its own text description, and then classify what each data point is talking about, based on a set of rules provided.

After the application was built as a monolith, it was then broken it up into decoupled microservices to deploy as highly scalable cloud-based workers. The project is developed primarily in C# and ASP.NET Web API, using ElasticSearch as a search algorithm, and RabbitMQ as a task queue.

Tableau Model and Algorithm Design and Implementation

Several proprietary models for extracting analytics and insights designed and engineered for Signals Analytics. This project entailed analyzing scientific, social, and market data in various industries, and developing models in Tableau to extract valuable insights from this data to deliver to clients.

In addition to designing analytics models, complex visualizations were developed to display data in new and innovative ways, creating algorithms to solve specific problems for the company, as well as developing new features for the company’s platform. The project is developed primarily in Tableau, using Tableau’s internal SQL-like language.

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