Yoni Samlan

Experienced product and engineering leader focused on mobile development. Shipped SDKs, mobile apps, and web apps used by millions of people.

Experience

  • Localytics

    Senior Product Manager

    Senior Product Manager

    Localytics

    Boston, MA

    Jul 2015 - Present

    Senior Product Manager

    Product manager for a team of 12 mobile, backend, and frontend engineers managing the Localytics mobile engagement platform.

    Major new initiatives:

    Localytics Push Platform Scaling - Led the Localytics Marketing Channels team through scaling to 5x growth in usage over 6 months.

    Localytics Places - Geofence management and realtime triggered marketing campaigns based on user location.

  • LevelUp / SCVNGR

    Head of Mobile

    Head of Mobile

    LevelUp / SCVNGR

    Boston, MA

    2012 - Present

    Head of Mobile

    Led a team of five mobile engineers through design, development, and shipping on all major iOS and Android development initiatives:

    • White-Label Libraries – Mobile libraries and tools used internally by hundreds of custom-built apps. Led hiring for separate ongoing white-label development and management team that runs client projects.
    • Public SDKs – iOS and Android libraries that now power our internal libraries and apps built by our partners.
    • Merchant Devices – custom firmware, Android OS, and system update and analytics tools running on thousands of standalone scanners.
    • Mobile Apps – the signature LevelUp apps for consumers and merchants.

  • LevelUp / SCVNGR

    Senior Android Developer

    Senior Android Developer

    LevelUp / SCVNGR

    Boston, MA

    2010 - 2012

    Senior Android Developer

    Architected and led development of SCVNGR for Android, LevelUp's initial flagship app. Worked with a small team of iOS, Android and Rails developers to ship a photo-sharing, checkin and merchant engagement game used by millions of people.

  • Active Frequency

    Partner (on Hiatus)

    Partner (on Hiatus)

    Active Frequency

    Cambridge, MA

    2008 - Present

    Partner (on Hiatus)

    Co-founded and ran successful software development consulting company. Handled all aspects of client projects, from sales to development and deployment.

    Notable projects:
    • Locast (locast.mit.edu) – MIT Mobile Experience Lab – Developed the frontend Web interface and backend APIs for a mobile location-aware video sharing application in Django.
    • RedLaser for Android (redlaser.com) – Occipital – Developed Android version of RedLaser barcode scanning and shopping app, as well as a standalone Android SDK. RedLaser was profitably acquired by eBay shortly afterwards.

  • Net-Temps

    Software Developer

    Software Developer

    Net-Temps

    North Chelmsford, MA

    2005 - 2008

    Software Developer

    Wrote Java software powering Net-Temps' Web tools for companies and job-seekers. Developed new spidering system in Python used to process and parse millions of résumés and job descriptions.

Education

  • Brandeis University

    BS, Computer Science & Philosophy

    2001 - 2005

    BS, Computer Science & Philosophy

    Justice Brandeis Scholar, National Merit Scholar.

    Founding editor, The Hoot newspaper. Founding member & competitor, Brandeis Ballroom Dance Team. Lead guitarist, The Ghosthead Nebula (rock band).

Skills

  • Engineering Leadership
  • Mobile Development
  • Android
  • REST & API Architecture
  • Ruby / Rails
  • Python
  • Public Speaking