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Tucker Connelly
Full-Stack Software Engineer

Deeply technical and personable full-stack engineer, with experience across the entire stack, including design and DevOps. Coming off of trying to solo-found a company, I’ve realized, in the most expensive way possible, that I’m not a marketing/sales guy! I’ve accumulated a broad set of experiences, having seen things from the product and business side, and would love to bring that, humbly, to an engineering team.
Technical Founder @ Konos | 2023 – Now
  • Designed & engineered a ChatGPT-like platform, developing scalable document-processing pipelines using Python and Kubernetes, and real-time updates via websockets.
  • Ran market research and prototyped an AI-agent system that overcame many of the limitations of vanilla GPT-4. Also achieved 2-4x the industry average in conversion rates through landing page optimizations.
  • Briefly pivoted into recruiting, building an AI talent sourcer that could source and reach out to 400 qualified candidates per hour (up to 40x more efficient than humans).
Head of Engineering (mainly IC) @ Acelerate (Sequoia) | 2019 – 2022
  • Delivered an analytics dashboard MVP in 8 weeks, overcoming many difficult technical challenges while scaling our scraping pipelines. The resulting MVP secured enterprise contracts with major restaurant brands and a $14mm funding round with Sequoia.
  • Expanded our analytics dashboard into a cross-platform tablet app for in-restaurant order management. Solved many complex engineering challenges such as using directed cyclic graphs to model menus, creating a custom thermal printer driver, and scaling real-time data-processing queues to fetch orders every 30 seconds. This tablet app broadened our market reach into the small business segment, significantly boosting revenue.
Founding Engineer @ Rethink Software | 2018 – 2019
  • Co-created a “Spotify for news” platform. Re-architected our Kubernetes-based web-crawler for simplicity and scalabilty, and piped all that data into customized feeds for users in a Next.js frontend.
  • Developed a cloud-based operating system grounded in fundamentals, modeling all external entities as file descriptors. This new architecture made integrations extremely quick to build, and facilitated our next phase of revenue growth.
Senior Software Engineer @ Kaleo Software | 2016 – 2018
  • Rebuilt the company’s frontend architecture in several days, creating to a React codebase we used for over two years.
  • With the CTO, led the transition to a Kubernetes-based microservices architecture, which enabled our AI pivot and increased our scalability.
  • Created and deployed NLP machine-learning models and human-in-the-loop systems, providing new revenue streams and proving our new AI capabilities to our customers.
Freelancer | 2007 – 2016
  • Delivered diverse projects for clients, including a computer vision system for a popular wine app, an entire frontend for a data-driven online magazine, a backend module for a government agency, and many other projects.
Skidmore College 3.8 GPA
Left before senior year to pursue software work.
Core Skills
  • System Architecture
  • UI/UX Design
  • Lean Development
  • Distributed Systems
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Recruiting
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Next.js
  • Node.js
  • Python
  • Kubernetes
  • AWS
  • GCP
  • PostgreSQL
  • MySQL
  • TensorFlow
  • LLM
  • and more