Jonathan Poland

Software Architect & Dad

Builder of scalable, maintainable systems and the teams that create them

  • Jonathan Poland
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Ionia, MI
  • Arbor Networks
  • Networking, Security
  • Travel, Bike, Kayak


  • Engineering Manager / Architect2010 - Present

    Arbor Networks

    Direct development, product requirements, architecture, and project schedules for the operating systems team. Manage development of new product in mobile market. Management duties for the 8-12 developers on these teams consist of regular 1-1 meetings, annual reviews, salary, and career development. Indirectly manage porting projects with Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco.

  • Senior Principal Software Engineer2009 - 2010

    Arbor Networks

    Lead international development team and architecture of the eSeries Subscriber Center (eSC). Advise other teams on how to utilize Amazon Web Services (AWS). Lead development and architecture of centralized software distribution portal.

  • Principal Software Engineer2008 - 2009

    Arbor Networks

    Supervise development team responsible for improving scale, reducing downtime, and adding features to ATLAS public web service.

  • Senior Software Engineer2006 - 2008

    Arbor Networks

    Responsible for redesigning the look and feel of the original DoS functionality in the Peakflow SP product. Revise technical interview questions and procedures to be more uniform and provide more consistent results. Lead engineer for the partnership with ISS to OEM Peakflow X as Proventia ADS.

  • Software Engineer / Founding Member2000 - 2006

    Arbor Networks

    Responsible for developing prototype used to secure VC funding. Designed, implemented, and supported critical pieces of first product, Peakflow DoS and first enterprise product, Peakflow X. Participated in recruitment and interviewing of initial engineering team. Mentored junior engineers and helped define collaborative culture.

  • Software Developer1998 - 2000

    Merit Network

    Support and update software tools relating to the Internet Routing Registry Database (IRRd).


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1996 - 2000

    BSE Computer Engineering, Cum Laude

Open Source / Community

  • Static Photo Gallery2012

    Custom Synology NAS package to export static photo collections to Amazon S3.


    Dropbox client for Synology NAS devices. I started it and later transferred it to a new maintainer.


    Port of the BFGminer Bitcoin miner to Synology NAS with a custom web interface.

  • TherMon2014

    An IOS app to remotely monitor temperature with a Thermodo device.

  • Advanced Tomato2014

    Working on adding better firewall / security capabilities to this open source router firmware.

  • Lean Startup Machine. Boston, MA. 2012

    Startup Weekend. Lansing, MI 2013

Management Skills

  • Distributed Teams

  • Annual Reviews

  • Recruitment

  • Mentoring

  • Salary Planning


  • Agile

  • Waterfall


  • Python

  • C

  • Objective-C/Swift

  • C++

  • JavaScript

  • SQL

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • PHP

  • Java


  • Apache/Nginx

  • MongoDB

  • Redis

  • PostgreSQL

  • SQLite

  • Beanstalk

  • Linux/Unix

  • Backbone.js

  • Node.js


  • Amazon Web Services

  • Openshift

  • Twilio

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  • I am always interested in new and interesting opportunities.

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