Matthew Cochran

CTO/CXO, Software Architect

Intro


Extensive experience building and leading highly productive and efficient product and technology organizations with hands-on software architecture, system design, and development skills. A seasoned leader, self-motivated with strong communication skills. Specializing in process management, systems architecture, project design, and defining business-driven technical strategies and roadmaps.

•    Skilled in defining both system and project design, detailed technical design, communicating viable technical options based on time/cost/risk and identifying opportunities for gaining competitive business advantages
•    Specializing in defining and designing large, scalable, distributed, secure web-based platforms and solutions.
•    Experienced leadership skills including staffing, team building, mentoring, establishing proven technical and manufacturing processes, large-scale project design and execution.

Expertise

Hands-On Technical Leader
01

Practice Maturity

I help companies establish mature customer-centric product and technology practices through a synergistic integration of processes, technologies, and staffing to align with business goals.

02

Process Management

I bring process management tools from multiple engineering disciplines to help companies realize their product and engineering teams' full potential to produce agile systems.

03

Digital Transformation

I help companies assess their current operation and modernize antiquated legacy software systems and processes.

04

Software Architecture

I help companies establish critical foundations necessary to construct and maintain agile and anti-fragile software systems.

05

Automation & Mechanization

I help companies establish modern software manufacturing with IAC (Infrastructure-As-Code) and automated CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery) pipelines.

06

Project Management

I help companies manage complex projects from strategy and ideation through project design, staffing, and project execution.

Advisory Board Seats

Strategic Technology Advisor

RoboNegotiator is a SaaS company with a vision to change how sellers and buyers trade their products and services.

Kapdec is an education initiative by academicians providing robust e-learning solutions to students, teachers, and schools globally.

Impart Knowledge works with medical professionals to ensure their practice is run in the most efficient manner with the best return on investment possible.

Recent Projects

and case studies

Move Operations to the Cloud

To keep the company operating during the Covid pandemic, I initiated and executed this project to enable staff to work from home with minimal impact to business operations.


Modernize Legacy Infrastructure

I proposed, launched, and managed the migration of all run-time environments from self-managed data centers to the cloud (GCP).

This project yielded a 280x improvement in deployment and management efficiency by migrating manual processes to IAC (Infrastructure as Code).

A case study from Google is in progress.


Process and Technology Improvements

I restructured software architecture, development processes and applied new technologies to upgrade production systems.

This effort realized a 454% improvement in project execution velocity and a 110x improvement in deployment velocity.


Data Maturity

Proposed and led a project to modernize data capabilities across the organization by using cloud data lake, data warehouse, and cloud-based pipelining tools to establish a single aggregated source of truth for mission-critical business information.


Establish project management practice

I established a formal technical project management process and mature standard operating procedures where none existed before.

This new practice moved the company from an ad hoc request process to a sharper project-centric approach to identify projects that should not move forward because of poor ROI and improve strategic investments based on time, cost, and risk.


Stealth-Mode Startup

I am helping launch a stealth-mode startup Vetrify.

Experience


2018– Present

CTO

Artnet

New York, NY

Responsible for product, software engineering, quality assurance, IT, and project management practices.

Make executive decisions regarding the technological interests of the company across software design and development, staffing strategies, technical strategies, product and software development processes, requirement standardization, quality assurance engineering practices, and internal communications. Hands-on systems architecture design, detailed technical design, project design, and coaching/mentoring. Planning and executing technology platform consolidation, modernization, and migrations, across all customer-facing and employee-facing systems. Provide leadership and establish processes and standards to ensure best practices that foster continuous improvements.

2017-2018

Chief Architect, Senior VP Engineering

Artnet

New York, NY

Define and track architecture, processes, and best practices that support both functional and non-functional requirements, including performance, scalability, reliability, security, manageability, and maintainability. Lead concept, design, build, and test efforts of producing cutting edge solutions. Define how capabilities will be built and support timely delivery of capabilities and solutions. Participate in planning and requirements definition in collaboration with business owners and product managers to ensure the time and efforts of the delivery team is in alignment with overall strategy. Lead all stages of software development, including specification, architecture, planning, detail design, implementation, quality assurance, documentation, and continuous integration/delivery.

2014-2017

Senior Manager, Development

Medidata

New York, NY

Hands-on system architect, technical, and process lead. Define technical vision and roadmap across multiple teams and products. Representative for flagship products on the architectural committee. Define individual product capability and technical roadmaps based on opportunities, risk evaluation, project cost and schedule for multiple systems. Design and document projects to modernize architecture in brownfield products. Staffing and management of multiple software engineering teams. Mentoring engineering teams on efficient scoping, estimation, design, and plan execution.

2013

Senior Software Engineer / Systems architect

PetCareRx

 NY

Hands-on software architecture and technical lead. Responsible for gathering requirements, architecting, and building a new flagship site with personalized content engine and content management. Introduced automated CI/CD processes with automated quality gates continuous release. Train and direct junior developers and manage work product for the team.

2012-2013

Manager of Software Development

Shutterstock.com

New York, NY

Hands-on software architect and technical lead. Responsible for building and managing a development team responsible for all integration and internal systems development. Defined standardized software development and maintenance processes. Responsible for defining and executing new projects. Lead continuous improvement efforts to lower total cost of ownership and increase performance.

2011-2012

Sr. Software Architect/Analyst

Vertical Capital Investment Advisors

New York, NY

Hands-on systems software architecture and technical lead. Analyze exiting systems architecture and code base to identify procedural/data inconsistencies and identify high risk areas in legacy systems. Systems architecture including integration of a service bus to parallelize and increase throughput of mission critical data processing applications. Develop long term, multi-phase plans for system upgrades. Present time, cost, and risk options to senior management. Define and execute architectural changes to improve performance, reduce technical debt and increase overall development momentum.

2008-2011

Senior software Architect/Team Lead

Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA)

New York, NY

Hands-on systems analysis, architecture, and development lead: Built and lead technology team to support in-house software and new product development for digital forensics and electronic discovery. Define opportunities for system improvements and work with management to develop technical roadmaps. Architect and lead design/construction efforts on distributed system to enable low friction extensibility in order to extract evidence from new file types. Redesign communication layer in processing grid, reducing network and database load and increasing throughput 250%. Redesign workflow engine, reducing file processing error rates over 95% and significantly reduced manual processes. Architect hybrid desktop and SaaS solution used to perform defensible remote forensic collections and mine digital assets to extract evidence used in court.

2005-2008

Software Developer

Debevoise & Plimpton

New York, NY

Lead programmer/analyst. Gather requirements, write functional and technical specifications, perform technical analysis, design and develop multi-tier systems. Provide technical assistance for development team and present to team members on topics including architecture, code performance, CLR internals, multi-threading, TDD, data structures and regular expressions. Technical analysis, design and development; Liaison between accounting and information services department.

2001-2005

Manager of Web Development

Boardroom

Stanford, CT

Gather requirements, write functional and technical specifications, architect and develop systems with capabilities including content management, job tracking, html conversion utilities, digital asset management, and job automation projects. Define e-commerce vision to leverage existing direct marketing programs. Successfully led execution of project with both internal and external resources to launch new online initiative resulting in revenues of over one million dollars in the first year. Supervise operations of e-marketing. Hands-on technology analysis, development, and management