Tom Longson

Senior Front-end Developer

The skinny

Tom is "smart, driven, motivated, and a self-starter", working as a Front-end developer resettling in the United Kingdom.

  • Worked for giants of media Hulu, Sony, and Walt Disney
  • Deployed releases of Hulu to Xbox, Playstation, Samsung, LG, and Vizio TVs
  • Raised capital from 500 Startups as a Founder of GogoCoin
  • Built underwriting systems for Consumer Credit Cards
  • Led Front-end Dev for Wells Fargo's most profitable B2B Product


10+ years

A decade developing rich application experiences with JavaScript frameworks such as ReactJS, AngularJS, Backbone, and YUI.

Beyond Front-end

Tom has built production build systems, led backend development and operations, and has extensive experience in FinTech and e-Commerce.

Mission Critical XP

Tom is a self-starter, having led a 500 startups company and developed high-value products for Hulu, Sony, Wells Fargo, and Disney.


Client Side

  • JavaScript
  • ReactJS
  • AngularJS
  • Backbone
  • CSS3 / SCSS
  • Box2d
  • jQuery
  • YUI

Server Side

  • NodeJS
  • Python
  • Django
  • Mezzazine
  • Ruby
  • Postgres
  • MongoDB


  • AWS
  • Docker
  • Vagrant
  • Jenkins
  • Grunt + Gulp




Senior Front-end Developer

Worked on a variety of projects with JavaScript, Aurelia, Cypress, C#, and Node.

  • Built and evangalized use of UI testing tools beyond unit tests, with Cypress, a radically new avenue for UI testing. The entire front-end team ultimately adopted Cypress for functional testing.
  • Built backend Admin tools using Aurelia and C#
  • Built fontend customer SAAS dashboards to facilicate their setup and mantanance of customer data. See the demo online at
  • Proposed and built various features including UI error reports, spotlight navigation, internal UI component playground



Senior Front-end Developer / Technical Manager

Software development and support of Hulu on major devices including Xbox, Playstation, Samsung, Vizio, LG, and TiVO. Responsible for developing and deploying Text-to-speech support to meet 2016 federal compliance on a variety of devices. Managed client development of core business drivers including product promotions, discounts, editorial placement, and landing page improvements. Led team of 10.

  • Deployed releases of Hulu to Xbox, Playstation, Samsung, LG, and Vizio TVs
  • Oversaw development of TTS (Text to speech) accessibility features into Hulu for the above platforms
  • Oversaw development of various features designed to clarify market offerings, and allow the customer to seamlessly upgrade
  • Oversaw coordination of Huluween metadata IA
  • Acted as the eyes and ears for two remote teams based in Mexico and Argentina (total 10 awesome people)



Senior Front-end Developer

Developed Credit Card Dashboard using React and SCSS for the front-end, and Django / Python REST APIs for the backend. Designed and built financial underwriting pipeline for customers from being pre-qualified through approved.

  • Built ReactJS Customer Finance Dashboard
  • Developed underwriting process with Python/Django
  • Built DevOps Continuous Deployment with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Docker, and Jenkins
  • Added support for oAuth with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Developed "Magic Link" one time password emails
  • Integrated "Know Your Customer" checks with Jumio, Blockscore, and the National Student Clearinghouse
  • Developed persona based end-to-end functional tests with Selenium and Webdriver using Node.js
  • Developed Prototype iOS App for tracking customers for fraud prevention




Founded and developed Bitcoin Gift Card product from concept to market. Included a fully functional client built on top of the bitcoin protocol. Funded by 500 Startups. Produced 10k+ gift cards for promotional and retail sale.

  • 500 Startups, Batch 9
  • Featured at LAUNCH Fest
  • Highlighted by TechCrunch
  • Used NodeJS, Python, Postgres, and Vagarant
  • Produced 10k+ gift cards for promotional and retail sale
  • Partnered with Blockchain and



Senior Front-end Developer

Developed the Sony Playstation Store (, which like iTunes, allows for anyone to purchase movies, video games, and more. Developed Internationalization support for 30+ languages. Developed and supported Checkout (one click, bundles, and discounts). Designed and developed SEO service generating 3.5m indexable pages on top of Backbone client.

  • Developed Internationalization support for 30+ languages
  • Developed with BackboneJS
  • Designed and developed SEO service with PhantomJS and NodeJS for all regions and languages



UX Designer + Developer

Designed and performed analysis on multiple projects related building the Singly hosted platform for The Locker Project, which facilitated sync of social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and others. Built tools for guided oAuth setup, merged contacts viewer, interesting links collection, and a photo collection viewer. Instrumental in attracting developers to the platform.


Wells Fargo

Senior Front-end Web Developer

Developed features for and maintained front-end on Wells’ most profitable B2B application which managed Commercial Credit Expense Reporting.

  • Heavy use of JavaScript/YUI.
  • Built custom purely JavaScript MVC framework.


Stop The Spin

Lead Developer / CTO

Led development on political awareness and action site. Stop the Spin was an experimental project aimed at allowing better understanding of "wicked problems", such as healthcare, abortion, global warming, etc. Used decision trees in order to allow people to explore complex issues, allowing them to arrive at a position based on logical conclusions.

  • Utilized Python, Pylons, SQLAlchemy, Mako, JavaScript, jQuery, and Processing, using a MySQL backend.
  • Oversaw a team of writers to create decision tree content.

2006 - 2008

Manager / Lead Technical Developer for Research & Development at

Promoted to head of department. Built and led a team of 3 developers to develop and test new interfaces. Responsible for executing products from concept to fruition. Projects included advanced tools to allow consumers better ways to find and compare cars, internal tools to visualize sales data geographically, consumer dealer locator tools, car search widgets, and a new car photo compare.

  • Led Research and Development for
  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and Adobe Flex, using MySQL.



Front-end Web Developer

Designed and implemented central repository for all television animation staff and potential candidates. System included features to allow management to review and rate all artists, maintain in depth history of creative talent, and preserve a digital archive of portfolios for reprinting and reviewing online. Additionally worked on system to facilicate Project Management of TV Animation through all stages of development.

  • Led front-end development and co-developed PHP backend.
  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and XSLT, using a MySQL database.


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Joined 500 Startups

Founded a company, GogoCoin, with investment and mentorship from Dave McClure and Sean Percival.


Presented at Draper University

Interviewed Tim Draper for Hero City and Draper University in San Mateo.


Speaker / Singularity University

Interviewed by Salim Ismail for Singularity University at NASA Ames.



Invited to speak at LAUNCH FEST by Jason Calcanis and hosted a booth in Startup Alley at the Concorse Center.


This Week In Startups

Guest speaker on This Week In Startups with Jason Calcanis.


Presented at DorkBot SF

Did a presentation on the Bitcoin network at San Francisco's DorkBot.


Where 2.0

Invited to demo the OpenView Project's Streetview Tricycle as part of the Where Fair.


O'Reilly Google Maps Hacks

Authored sections on defining custom map markers in Google Maps and creating mapped slideshows of one's travels.


O'Reilly Mapping Hacks

Authored section on georefrencing images with EXIF metadata.