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Mike LaRocca


Previous positions

  • Jr. Software Engineer at Zeeto Group
  • Software Developer Internship at 7CTOs


LEARN Academy, Web Developer, Full Stack Ruby on Rails with React




As a passionate Software Engineer and problem solver, I love taking on large full-stack projects with many moving pieces. I have successfully operated in the full Software Development Lifecycle with high traffic systems (half a million hits per day) relying heavy on cloud architecture. In addition to building software applications I leverage small business management and technical experience in nanotech and biotech to communicate clearly in cross functional teams and to complete projects in a timely manner. I love being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, and doing yoga/handstands. Music and art are both essential in life, as are fine wine, good craft brew, and pour over coffee. 🙂 I have aspirations to lead organizations and be at the forefront of technology and products that shape the future.


  • Software Engineer


    March 2019 – Present(7 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Primary responsibility is developing and maintaining Galley’s enterprise back-of-house kitchen management software. This includes taking items defined in our product roadmap and defining a design plan, iterating, and developing to completion. -Full-stack JavaScript with Node.js, GraphQL, and React -Pair Programming -CI/CD with CircleCI -Postgres db -Cypress e2e -Jest and React Testing Library

  • Jr. Software Engineer

    Zeeto Group

    July 2018 – February 2019(7 months)Greater San Diego Area

    – Built full-stack features into a Drupal 8 + Serverless AWS application. – Redesigned the infrastructure and deploy process to pursue CD. – Leveraged AWS ECS, RDS, Lambda, API Gateway, Load Balancers, and CodeBuild to host containerized Drupal applications. – Orchestrated the infrastructure in Ansible – Reduced deploy times 2 hours to 20 minutes – Decreased infrastructure costs by 40%. – Mob programming.

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  • Software Developer Internship


    April 2018 – July 2018(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    – Developed a one-on-one chat interface into an existing React Native app with a Ruby/Rails backend API that allows users of the 7’s app to communicate directly. – Expanded the chat interface to support interest-based chats as well as group chats from backend to mobile UI.

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  • Student

    LEARN Academy

    January 2018 – April 2018(3 months)San Diego

    Working mostly in a pair programming setting we completed over 12 projects designed to target specific levels of Full Stack Web App design and development such as, • MVC principles • Front-end DOM manipulation and interactivity with JavaScript • Responsive design using Flex-box and Bootstrap • API creation and RESTful route principles with Rails as the API communicating with React • Multi-use component design and single page web-applications with React.js • Object Oriented Programming • Test and Behavior Driven Development with Jest/Enzyme and Rspec • Database CRUD principles, Relational DB design, and SQL queries with Postgres • Authentication and Authorization concepts with tools like JWT, Knock, CanCan, and Rolify • Source control and open source contribution with Git and Github • Agile development philosophy in multiple group project settings.

  • Database/Manufacturing Consultant

    BioSpyder Technologies

    January 2017 – January 2018(1 year)Greater San Diego Area

    Biospyder provides RNA sequencing kits and services. • Trained employees in both Database and Manufacturing Operations. • Scaled Database size by 100%. • Initiated development of two flagship products.

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  • Database Designer/Oligonucleotide Manager

    BioSpyder Technologies

    June 2015 – December 2016(1 year 6 months)Carlsbad, CA

    • Designed a MySQL oligonucleotide inventory database for product development, record tracking, and custom requests. • Self-taught using Stanford Lagunita DB Series • Developed automated (Biomek Fx) oligonucleotide pooling and PCR plate manufacturing processes with QC checks. • Delivered products for EPA grant deadlines. • Completed development of three flagship products and numerous custom pools.

  • Self Employed


    May 2016 – May 2016Greater San Diego Area

    I provided Personal Training and Massage Therapy services to the San Diego region. • Managed a 25+ cliente network with a main hub at Nakoa Fitness and Physical Therapy. • Exercise programming and Manual Therapy techniques designed to target client goals including weight loss, pain management, athletic performance.

  • Product Management


    June 2014 – May 2015(11 months)Orange County, California Area

    Herzan develops and manufactures products and services focused around Vibration Isolation, Acoustic Isolation, and Electromagnetic Isolation for high performance research equipment. • Reduced costs by 39.4% and increased margins by 22.3% • Managed a Hardware developer and C#/.NET Software Developer. • Completed a hardware redesign, logo rebranding, and case design on a small budget. • Performed Site Surveys for Electron Microscope and MRI installations. • Wrote the User Manual

  • Data Analyst and Tester


    March 2014 – June 2014(3 months)Orange County, California Area

    • Analyzed vibration, acoustic, and electromagnetic data to determine product performance. • Standardized templates for logging test data and reporting results to increase reporting efficiency and quality.


  • LEARN Academy

    Web Developer, Full Stack Ruby on Rails with React

    2018 – 2018

    At Learn Academy we spent 12 weeks in the classroom full-time developing the skills necessary to become proficient Web Developers.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

    Bachelor’s Degree, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    2008 – 2012

    Spent a large portion of my time pursuing endeavors on the Track, but was very dedicated to my studies as well. Competed in the Decathlon for 2 years and High Jump for 4 years. Golden Eagle Award recipient in 2012 for academic excellence in a sport. In 2012 the Men’s Track Team won the first ever Conference Team Title in UCSB history.

    Activities and Societies

    NCAA Division 1 Track and Field 2008-2012, Team Captain 2011-2012

  • Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute

    Certified Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

    2013 – 2013

    620 Hours January 1st – July 1st In college I suffered from a number of recurring athletic injuries. Multiple Hamstring pulls, herniated L5-S1 disk. Manual therapy was integral in leading to pain free competition and enhanced success in my Junior and Senior years of college.

  • Dana Hills High School

    High School Diploma, General Studies

    2004 – 2008

    Track Events: High Jump, 4 years High Hurdles and Intermediate Hurdles, 2 years

    Activities and Societies

    Cross Country 2004-2005, Water polo 2006, Track and Field 2004-2008 Team Captain 2008

Skills & Expertise

  • Atom
  • Git
  • Leadership
  • Pain Management
  • AWS
  • Sports
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Object-Relational Mapping (ORM)
  • PostgreSQL
  • React.js
  • Ruby
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Public Speaking
  • Ansible
  • RSpec
  • Web Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • Pair Programming
  • Drupal 8
  • jQuery
  • PowerPoint
  • Research
  • Web Services
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Web Applications
  • Teaching
  • Yoga
  • Teamwork
  • HTML5
  • Github
  • Jenkins
  • Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Web
  • MySQL
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Serverless Computing
  • Web Design
  • SQL


  • Grow with Google Challenge Scholarship

    Udacity, License

    January 2018 – April 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Golden Eagle Award

    UCSB Athletics

    June 2012

    Award given to Athletes for Academic and Athletic Excellence in a particular sport.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Mike cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Science and Technology