Dustin Bachrach

Software Engineering Leaderahdustin@gmail.com210.415.2159Austin, TX


Leadership & Culture

  • 8 years in leadership with 5 years experience managing a team of 10 engineers including 1:1s, mentoring, coaching, and recruiting
  • Passionate about creating an inclusive, diverse, kind, and supportive engineering culture
  • Experienced in creating a cohesive team, encouraging collaboration, and ensuring the team ships complex projects on time
  • Comfortable bridging the gap between technical, product, and sales teams and able to communicate effectively with non-technical stakeholders to properly explain architectural considerations and advocate on behalf of the engineering team

Software Engineering

  • 16 years experience in software engineering with a broad understanding of full stack technologies
  • Hands-on technology architect capable of designing large complex systems with the comfort to jump in and code
  • Extensive knowledge of programming languages, frontend frameworks, backend architecture, distributed systems, and data pipelines
  • Ability to bring a big-picture focus across all parts of the technology stack to identify novel capabilities and effectively productize them


United Talent Agency

CTO at MediaHoundJune 2020 - Present


Chief Technology OfficerMay 2017 - June 2020

VP of EngineeringJune 2016 - May 2017

Lead iOS EngineerMay 2014 - June 2016

  • Led the engineering team in all aspects including planning, architecture, deployment, security, testing, and best practices powering personalized entertainment discovery
  • Completed hands on full-stack development of core systems including data ingest pipelines orchestrated with Airflow, content-based recommender systems, and user-facing dashboards
  • Coached and mentored team members through 1:1 meetings, team building, peer programming, code lessons, and fostered a healthy code-review culture
  • Worked directly with partners, gathering requirements, generating documentation, and participating in sales pitches
  • Prototyped, tested, and refined advanced personalization features including algorithms, clustering, and NLP metadata enrichment
  • Analyzed the impact that new features and changes had on server resources, bugs, regressions, and technical debt to ensure speed, reliability, and scaling of services
Notable Achievements
  • Conceptualized and developed DateNightMovies.com, which has served over 10 million recommendations and won two Webby awards
  • Helped sell through into some of the largest Smart TV manufacturers, talent agencies, movie studios, and streaming services
  • Led the transition from traditional VMs to a self-managed Kubernetes cluster on AWS with monitoring, ingress, autoscaling, IaC using Terraform and Kops, and continuous deployment with ArgoCD, which reduced infrastructure costs by 90%
  • Re-engineered the recommendation engine into a Rust-based single-purpose executable to improve request per second by 100 fold
  • Migrated legacy flaky data pipelines to an efficient and fault tolerant Python-based pipeline with RabbitMQ, which resiliently processes tens of thousands of titles per day
  • Performed critical migrations and upgrades of the Neo4J database minimizing down-time, ensuring compatibility and service availability
  • Instituted a seminar series where team members give short presentations to share expertise and foster community

General Assembly

InstructorNov 2014 - Sep 2015

  • Taught the inaugural iOS Development with Swift course for motivated entry-level students, preparing course materials, teaching lessons, and mentoring students 1:1, which helped bring new talent into the field
  • Student feedback put me among the top instructors at General Assembly Los Angeles
  • “Dustin's combination of deep industry knowledge and approachability are are winning combination, and his efforts to make the learning scaffolded for the students is evident.” - GA Administrator


Senior iOS EngineerSep 2013 - May 2014

  • Worked on iOS apps to enable healthcare professionals to remotely monitor patient EKGs
  • Shipped interactive graphical EKG experiences and in-app chat for confidential direct-to-patient communication


Software Development EngineerJune 2011 - Sep 2013

  • Worked on the Windows Phone Developer Platform and shipped Windows Phone 8
  • Gained experience in API design, app compatibility, advanced debugging, design specifications, working with large codebases, and cross-team collaboration at a large corporation
  • Contributed to the Windows Phone Toolkit, Silverlight Framework system controls, and Native SDK for C++ Apps and DirectX Games
  • Shipped the Windows Phone Local/Push Notifications feature on the WinRT platform and collaborated extensively with counterparts in Windows and WNS
  • Received the Excellence in Execution Award - Windows Phone Division


Co-FounderNov 2009 - Dec 2011

  • Developed and brought multiple iOS products to market
  • Created Flickpad, an immersive photo sharing app for iPad, was featured by Apple under New and Noteworthy and was written up in MacWorld, Wired, The Huffington Post, amongst other media outlets


Rice University

B.S. in Computer Science2011Computer Science Club Co-PresidentResearcher under Dr. Dan WallachTeaching Assistant