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Lenny Castaneda

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Previous positions

  • DevOps Engineer at Cisco
  • Full Stack Developer | CFO | Partner at Blockchain Holdings, LLC

Education

San Diego State University, Bachelor’s Degree, Journalism

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Background

Summary

With an array of professional experience including wide ranging background experience as a business owner in multimedia and video production to payments/ATM logistics & software engineering, Lenny’s brings a wealth of skills to any project or organization. He has a laser sharp focus on his passion for software development, DevOps, CI/CD pipeline, learning new technologies, entrepreneurship and finding solutions. For his software side, his experience in web development using AngularJS/Angular2/4 along with working on windows WPF desktop applications on the front end and C#, .NET & Entity Framework/LINQ on the backend and Python for DevOps AWS engineering. Lenny has refactored VB6 to .NET for WPF to working in collaborative team environments implementing telemetry into existing architecture in order to monitor business metrics. Currently as a software engineer at Cisco, he is working with a microservice architecture and clean code design patterns using dependency injection for sufficient unit testing and high modular extensibility with custom proprietary frameworks. As a DevOps Engineer for Cisco he is working with a multi-VPC environment in multiple availability zones that is architected for internet security. Using Terraform and Packer for Infrastructure As Code with Jenkins and GoCD for CI/CD pipelines. And for Lenny’s entrepreneur and business experience, the Investor Town Hall Show is a side passion of his started with another partners, helping companies tell their corporate story to investors. As co-founder, this combines his TV/Radio news industry experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. His previous military experience from the U.S Army has given him the sharp organizational mindset, disciplined attention-to-detail and strong leadership skills necessary to be a free-thinking entrepreneur, productive team-player, empathetic manager and humble leader to both creative and technical personnel.

Experience

  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    Cisco

    April 2019 – Present(6 months)Carlsbad, California

    As a senior DevSecOps Engineer I’m training and mentoring junior engineers as we as implementing best practices in the industry Using Terraform, Packer and Vault for our “Infrastructure As Code” initiative. In addition to building automation scripts using Powershell or Python, I’m using Jenkins and Octopus Deploy for CI/CD pipelines and will begin using GoCD for our new pipeline that will be utilized by our dev teams. Also I’m providing infrastructure administration support to other developers across several teams.

  • DevOps Engineer

    Cisco

    August 2018 – April 2019(8 months)Carlsbad, California

    AWS multi-VPC environment using security best practices. Powershell & Python scripting for automation tasks. Ansible for automated server configuration management and auditing for CIS hardened instances (Windows 2016 & Linux). Managed and setup users for MongoDB Atlas dB clusters management and MySQL on RDS.

  • Full Stack Developer | CFO | Partner

    Blockchain Holdings, LLC

    January 2018 – September 2018(8 months)San Diego, California

    Bitcoin & Litecoin mining machine import & export business. Datacenter and colocation operations with IT management for large scale cryptocurrency mining operations and cloud computing infrastructure mining pools working with partners such as Scale Matrix in San Diego & Seattle. Sold company to Southwestern Holdings, Inc., more information can be found in the 8-K filings: https://www.streetinsider.com/dr/news.php?id=14560089

  • DevOps Engineer | Producer | Co-Founder

    Investor Town Hall, LLC

    September 2015 – September 2018(3 years)San Diego, CA

    Closed down this business to free up my time to focus on software engineering and devops engineer career opportunities.

  • Software Engineer

    Cisco

    March 2018 – August 2018(5 months)Carlsbad, California

    Working on a .NET microservice architecture with Angular4 front-end web apps, deployed with some of the most advanced AWS devops security strategies that’s available in the industry. $CSCO

  • Software Engineer | Director | Owner

    The 4th Estate Productions

    January 2007 – April 2018(11 years 3 months)San Diego, CA

    Boutique firm that provides software engineering/programming and video production consulting & services to clients across the United States.

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  • .NET Software Developer

    GDS Storefront Estimating

    March 2017 – February 2018(11 months)San Diego, California

    Windows desktop embedded software using WPF and Telerik UI and modern software design S.O.L.I.D best practices in the industry including MVVM design patterns for optimal unit testing functions and features.

  • Operations Manager | Owner

    Cash Flow Logistics & ATM Tech Services

    June 2010 – September 2017(7 years 3 months)San Diego, CA

    Cash ATM Armed Vaulting and Technical Support Services, Cash Management, Debt & Note Management

  • Adjunct Video Instructor

    Mueller College

    June 2015 – May 2016(11 months)San Diego, California

  • Executive Director

    Interlinked

    March 2014 – June 2015(1 year 3 months)Houston, Texas

  • News Writer & Technical Director

    iHeartMedia

    October 2005 – September 2009(3 years 11 months)San Diego, CA

  • Operations Support

    Bay City Television, Inc (San Diego6-CW/XETV)

    October 2006 – April 2008(1 year 6 months)Greater San Diego Area

  • Web Content Writer

    BIZX, LLC

    May 2006 – August 2006(3 months)La Jolla, CA

  • Freelance Writer

    944 Magazine

    August 2005 – August 2006(1 year)San Diego, CA

  • Investigative Researcher

    KGTV Channel 10

    April 2005 – September 2005(5 months)San Diego, CA

  • Senior Staff Writer

    The Daily Aztec

    September 2003 – August 2005(1 year 11 months)San Diego, California

  • Administrative Specialist, 71L

    US Army

    March 2001 – August 2005(4 years 5 months)

Education

  • San Diego State University

    Bachelor’s Degree, Journalism

    Activities and Societies

    Society of Professional Journalists, The Daily Aztec Newspaper, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ)

  • San Diego Mesa College

    Associate’s Degree, Computer Science

    Activities and Societies

    Honors

  • San Diego Mesa College

    Associate’s Degree, Psychology

  • Origin Code Academy

    Full Stack Development (AngularJs, C#, SQL)

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Spanish

    Elementary proficiency

  • Italian

    Elementary proficiency

Projects

  • CannDash (web application)

    August 2016

    A customer and delivery order management sales system SaaS that helps delivery businesses be more organized, efficient and make better business decisions with dashboard analytics. Technologies used: HTML5, CSS, SASS, JavaScript, Angular, Angular-Material,C#, Entity Framework, LINQ, Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio, SignalR and Twilio.

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • InvestorTownHall.com

    September 2015

    An investor social network with forums and webcast interviews with CEOs involved in equity crowdfunding and micro-to-mid-cap companies in OTC Markets and NASDAQ exchanges. Technologies used consist of HTML5/CSS/JavaScript/WordPress/Amazon Web Services with elastic load balancers and auto-scaling instances.

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • MedAgenda (web application)

    September 2016

    An emergency room scheduling system using the SWAC stack (SQL Server, Web API, AngularJS, C#)

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • Rubio’s Dayforce Software Video

    August 2016 – October 2016

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • Rubio’s Orientation Video

    August 2015 – December 2015

    Corporate employee orientation video for human resources and recruitment & retention.

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • Nestle Agua Frescas Promo Video

    November 2011 – December 2011

    A promotional marketing event for Nestle’s Hespanic brand Nesle Agua Frescas.

    Team Members (2):
    • Lenny Castaneda,
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Promo Video

    April 2012 – May 2012

    The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, woodies, 50s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is back with Italian automobiles to illustrate again that if diamonds are forever, then cars are timeless.

    Team Members (2):
    • Lenny Castaneda,
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • Saambaa @ Comic-Con Promo Video

    July 2012 – August 2012

    A viral promotional video for Saambaa software application that is about creating experience. we want people to get out and live! we’re curious about what you could be doing with technology offline.

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda
  • San Diego Wedding Video Production

    October 2011 – December 2011

    A video reel of what your next wedding will look like if you hire The 4th Estate Productions to film your special occasion that you’ll always remember.

    Team Members (1):
    • Lenny Castaneda

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • SEO
  • Graphic Design
  • JavaScript
  • Sales
  • Radio
  • CSS
  • Video Editing
  • JSON
  • Agile Web Development
  • Media Production
  • Broadcast
  • Videography
  • C#
  • Directing
  • Photography
  • AJAX
  • News Writing
  • Blockchain
  • Visual Studio
  • Multimedia
  • Python
  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Gulp.js
  • Tableau
  • Online Advertising
  • Photoshop
  • Video Production
  • Bitcoin
  • HTML5
  • AngularJS
  • Github
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Node.js
  • ASP.NET AJAX
  • Social Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Bash
  • Solidity
  • Java
  • Storytelling
  • Powershell
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Scrum
  • SQL
  • Swift
  • Email Marketing

Certifications

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    San Diego Community College District, License

    January 2014

  • Certificate for Foundations of Data Analysis

    The University of Texas at Austin, License

    February 2014

  • Certificate for Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security

    University of Adelaide, License

    June 2015

  • Security Clearance

    United States Department of Defense, License

    July 2017 – July 2018

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Therapy Dog Handler

    Love On A Leash

    February 2014 – February 2019(5 years)Social Services

Causes Lenny cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief