Brian Picciano

Senior Backend Engineer

University of Florida 2013 · BS Software Engineering · Mathematics Minor

12+ years of experience across backend systems, databases, and application development. Passionate about clean interfaces, good documentation, and open source.

Extensively experienced with:
Go, Javascript-HTML-CSS, Nix, Bash, Lua, Clojure, Erlang;
Redis, Postgres, Cassandra/Scylla, Mongo;
Nginx, Caddy, Prometheus/Grafana, ELK stack;
Many flavors of Linux; Docker.

7+ years of experience working remotely as a developer. Well-versed in communicating over Slack, Zoom, and email, and in maintaining good working relationships across large timezone differences.

I also have past experience with many other languages and tools that I could easily pick back up.


I publish all my personal work to GitHub and Gitea.

I frequently document the progress of my various projects on my blog.

  • Author of radix, one of the recommended Redis drivers for Go.
  • Primary author of cryptic-net, a foundation for a community-run cloud infrastructure.
  • Author of dehub, a git project hosting platform baked into the project's commit history itself. (It's not much used, even by me, but it's functional and I'm proud of it.)
  • Long-term work on a toy (so far) programming language.


May 2015 - January 2018
Senior Backend Engineer

getadmiral.com is a platform to help publishers analyze and recover revenue being lost due to adblocking users.

  • Wrote a custom analytics platform in Go, using Google BigTable as backing store and Redis/Mongo as aggregation caches. Handled a global load of >27 million new rows an hour, with up-to-the-hour analytics for all customers.
  • Implemented a custom, dc-aware service discovery system for our microservices-based app, using Etcd & SkyDNS. Included health checking, metrics, rolling-restarts, and more.
  • Designed a Go-based framework for implementing microservices, which automatically handled configuration, logging, health checks, metrics, RPC/service discovery, and more.
  • Implemented an internal RFC process for new product features and maintained the internal technical documentation wiki.
  • Contributed to designing and implementing the provisioning/deployment system using Ansible, and began work on migrating to Kubernetes.


Senior Systems Engineer (from intern)
2010 - Apr 2015

Grooveshark was a web-based music streaming site in the same vein as Spotify.

  • Wrote client-to-client communication server in Erlang (with Redis backend) which served as the backbone of the Broadcasts feature, where users host their own radio-like channels, complete with voting, real-time chat, and moderation.
  • Designed and implemented the Feeds feature using PHP and Mongo, where users could see the recent listening activites of their friends in a Facebook-like feed.
  • Managed and fine-tuned LAMP stack, as well as oversaw migration from Apache to nginx/php-fpm. Maintained complex nginx setup, including use of the lua-scripting module on some domains.
  • Wrote and maintained the deployment scripts for frontend code, and contributed significantly to the Chef-based provisioning system.
  • Initiated and oversaw the migration of frontend devs from using a shared development server to individual Vagrant setups.

About This Site

The design of this site is based on the layout and color theme of the IDE I use for all my development. I use Neovim in a terminal, with the Papercolor theme for readability.

The server hosting this site, and all of my other services, lives in my living room.