Walter Punsapy


20+ plus years of experience shipping software.


yahooza labs
Founder & Principal Consultant (Self-employed)
  • Shipped web projects for startups, small businesses, and really big companies.
  • Clients: Meta / Facebook · Beluga Tech · Systems & Technology Research · LinkedIn · Personal Capital · Zvents · Timedots · Core Dot Continuum · P6R Consulting · Moby Marketing · ·
Edmodo, part 2
Sr. Software Engineer
  • Architected a new Gulp-based build and deployment process, which introduced modern frontend technologies to an older monolithic webapp. Inspired by Rails' Asset Pipeline.
  • Co-developed Billygoat, a Backbone and Marionette frontend framework.
    • Automagically handling authentication via the REST-powered backend.
    • Shared Backbone Models and Collections.
    • New Actions Logging service that powered the Analytics and Data platform.
  • Shipped New Library and New Gradebook
  • Focused on developer productivity, mentoring, and contributing to coding conventions and best practices.
Edmodo, part 1
Sr. Software Engineer
  • Shipped Actions Tracking (JavaScript and PHP) APIs. Consumers include the main website and both native iOS and Android mobile apps.
  • Co-shipped Edmodo Bootstrap, a set of shared frontend components built on top of Twitter Bootstrap, unifying the user experience across multiple webapps.
  • Nearly shipped New Planner, a responsive single-page calendar webapp (Rails, Backbone, REST).
  • Shipped redesigned Store, Developer, and Institution Tools.
Sr. Frontend Engineer
  • Shipped the Facebook Credits Offerwall, fusing a very profitable relationship between TrialPay, Facebook, and Zynga.
  • Prototyped responsive HTML5 Offerwall targeting for multiple form factors — phone, tablet and desktop.
  • Shipped DealSpot's revamped front-end, funneling multiple offer types into a single endpoint.
  • Shipped internal platform tools. Fun stuff.
Sr. Web Engineer
  • Shipped, a social networking site for PC and console gamers, furiously scrambling with product folks, user experience sorcerers, and engineers.
  • Played a lot of Starcraft (only on Fridays, of course).
Software Engineer
  • One of the first Y! Answers engineers, shipping Y! Answers to 50+ million users.
  • Shipped Y! Better Bookmarks with YUI 2.x and Symfony
  • Awards: 2006 Yahoo! Superstar (team) award winner for Y! Answers. Heck yeah.
Razorfish, part 2
Sr. Consultant
  • Shipped web standards-based web app, integrating J2EE stack (WebWork2 and Hibernate) with Atomz CMS and Miva Merchant.
  • As lead front-end developer, spec'd Interwoven content model rules. Then, wrote the JSPs to render the data.
Medialive Intl.
Web Applications Developer
  • Shipped JavaOne Session Speakers CMS tool and JavaOne 2003 Urban Adventure and Hands-on Lab webapps. PHP + MySQL.
GenSys Software
Web Engineer
  • Shipped front-end framework for J2EE-based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Electronic LAB Application (eLAB), building object-oriented javascript libraries and writing JSPs.
Razorfish, part 1
Sr. Interface Developer
  • Shipped websites, webapps and WAP-based mobile sites for for,,,, Mckinsey Quarterly, Pricewaterhouse coopers,, Vodafone.
Four Points Digital
Web Developer and Systems Administrator
  • Shipped websites and microsites. Wrangled HTML and hacked CGI scripts. Photoshop production work.
  • Managed Microsoft Windows LAN network — DHCP, Exchange 5.5 mail server, network printers, remote access modem pool.


University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Studies in Biology and Advanced Chemistry.
Loyola Academy
College Prep, Class of 1993, Illinois State Scholar 1993.
St. Isaac Jogues
Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, Junior High.
Poko Loko
Tiny Tots


Computers, the art of programming, information security, philosophy, social psychology, film, music, travelling, information and visual design, meeting interesting people, comic books, conspiracy theories, weird stuff and stranger things.