Matthew Fong


Front End Engineer / Web Developer

Summary

The first thing I did when I touched a computer was learn how to build a website. As with most F2Es I've met, I taught myself HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I went to the closest tech school that wasn't too cold...Georgia Tech to gain the skills needed to "make it in the real world."

Straight out of college, I moved to Silicon Valley and helped grow a couple startups from the ground up as a single digit employee. While in the bay, I attended numerous hackathons, meetups, and events exploring the tech community inside and out. Throughout it all, I built and maintained side projects that attract hundreds of thousands of active users.




Side Projects
Advance Screenings

AdvanceScreenings


Listings of outlets and links to free advance movie screening passes and contests across the United States and Canada.

Countdown List

Countdown List


A new way to think about calendars. List everything you're waiting for and be reminded on what's coming up.

FestHQ

FestHQ


Music Festival information from the past, present, and future. Keep track of who you've seen and where you want to next.




Experience
Feb 2011 — Jun 2017 Genability, Inc. Senior User Interface/Experience Engineer
  • While creating a new customer-facing experience, evaluated technologies and made the decisions on which tech stack and libraries to utilize (node, angular, sass, travis, AWS elastic beanstalk)
  • Interviewed, hired, and led the front end team from product requirements and design through to code planning and implementation
  • Composed and enforced the company's best practices, coding guidelines, and custom lint scripts to ensure code consistency and maintainability
  • Worked diligently with back end engineers to construct API structures and methods. Implemented those APIs in our own front end apps to test and evaluate before exposing them to customers
Aug 2008 — May 2010 Lift Media, Inc. User Interface Engineer
  • As the third engineer (the only front end from beginning to end of the company), contributed to building and expanding the product and team for a highly-trafficked (top 1,000 in US) website and e-commerce platform used by top tier websites including Fandango, Pizza Hut, and Buy.com
  • Transformed all client-facing code from tables with inline style to semantic HTML, CSS, and built a custom made AJAX framework from scratch
  • Collaborated with members of the Marketing and Art Department to develop concepts and designs into fully functioning pages which were deployed on a biweekly schedule
Aug 2009 — Present advancescreenings.com Founder
  • Developed an innovative way to discover and search for movie screenings resulting in over 1.5 million pageviews a month
  • Manage a social community of visitors over Facebook (>50k) and Twitter (>30k)
  • Haven't touched the core codebase since 2014 (it just works!)



Education
May 2008 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Concentration and Undergraduate Research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Business Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • Studied Abroad at Universitat PolitĂ©cnica de Cataluña (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain