James Russo

Engineering at Brex

Fullstack engineer who knows nothing about design.
Example: this website.

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About Me

Hi I'm James Russo and this is where I'll be writing down my thoughts and experiences mostly involving such software and web development. However, fairwarning any number of other topics can pop up into this blog. This is my first attempt at a blog, and as an engineer I apologize in advance for my writing and design skills. Hopefully they will improve as I work on this more and more.

I am currently working at Brex on the Cash team building modern technology to replace antiquated banking systems. Previously I worked as a fullstack engineer working full time in NYC for Rockets of Awesome, a child clothing subscription service and ecommerce brand. I also was the first engineer at a startup called Iterate Labs which wants to use data-driven insights to develop safer and more comfortable workplaces. I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a B.S. in Computer Science, where I concentrated in Machine Learning and also did research in Systems, Security, and Blockchain technologies under Emin Gun Sirer and Soumya Basu .

On a day to day basis, I actively use Elixir, Postgresql, GraphQL, Protocol Buffers, gRPC, and React with Typescript to name a few. I also actively use AWS Technologies, Kubernetes, and Docker. But in the past(and still occasionally), I have worked on projects in Ruby on Rails, Flask and Python, React + Redux, Next.js, Express + Node.js, and Gatsby.js. However, I'm constantly evaluating and learning about new technologies and will try to talk about what I'm using and find interesting on this blog.

Some of my favorite websites to read and stay up to date with tech and web development are Hacker News and TechCrunch. I also read the following newsletters on a weekly or daily basis for tech and software related news and information Lab Notes , Software Lead Weekly , Founder Weekly , Javascript Weekly , Ruby Weekly , and Elixir Weekly . A few other weekly or daily newsletters I follow are Axios AM , The Daily Skimm , TLDR , and This Week in Fintech .

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