Michael Bastos

Work History

Work History


2023-2023 Director of Engineering

zCore Group

Austin, TX

Rapidly developed the official US Space Force Guardian One Mobile App using Flutter on iOS App Store and Google Play; advised on federal software proposals integrating LLMs into team processes, and also built a high-performance FastAPI backend application integrating with prominent AI platforms.

Leveraged LLMs for swift prototype development in Flutter and Python, optimizing code bases, and served as Solutions Architect for VA FSC projects, supporting CFM and DCBI interface development.

2022-2022 Engineering Manager


Austin, TX

Led a team in developing a Typescript-based code generation tool for streamlined SDKs in Java, Python, and Typescript, comparable to open api generator, with capabilities for Postman collections and GraphQL API schemas.

Mastered the art of “code that writes code,” emphasizing abstraction layers, file referencing, linting, build accuracy, and automated test generation.

2022-2022 NFT Platform Developer (Contractor)

The Nifty

Austin, TX

Helped build a real time NFT collection pricing trends analyzer using Hotwire and created an NFT paywall that lock’s down access to only Portal NFT holders

Built Discord Bots for analyzing valid NFT Mints, Sold and Bought Transactions as well as refactored how we properly track and enrich Ethereum Transaction data.

2022-2022 Smart Contract Developer (Contractor)

Austin, TX

Wrote and taught smart contract development to companies and software teams.

Explained the Web3 world to businesses and startups looking to enter the space and or strategically plan for it.

2018-2021 Engineering Technical Lead (Mobile/Web)


Austin, TX

Served as Principle Investigator for Kinderspot D2P2 SBIR project with a $1.3M Federal Award and built the Engineering Team for the $1.5M BIZINT SBIR Phase 1 and 2 application, a comprehensive solution for the Air Force and DoD.

Oversaw the Engineering of developer.va.gov’s Benefits Intake API, processing 40K VA Claims monthly, Benefits Claims API and consolidated 500+ VA Forms into one Forms API, and championed the Department of Veteran Affairs’ inaugural Machine Learning project on contention classifications.

2019-2020 CTO Advisor


Austin, TX

Helped with acquiring and understanding Austin MLS data while also brainstorming product direction and oversaw initial app development on platform, assisted with upgrading infrastructure to Cloudflare and Amazon Web Services as well as code review and technical direction.

2018-2018 Lead Python Engineer


Austin, TX

Worked for a short time to learn how a hedge fund operates and to better understand the energy industry and electricity trading while also trying to improve their Django Python application.

2017-2018 Head of Data / Head of Engineering


Austin, TX

Led an eight-member development team across five platforms, resolved duplicate content for 400 customers using a proprietary SEO algorithm, and enhanced MLS data processing from 50+ providers for consistent data quality.

Integrated Rails, Ember, and React applications into a unified user experience and assisted in transitioning from legacy APIs to updated platform versions.

2014-2017 Senior Data Engineer / Chief Technology Officer


San Diego, CA

As CTO, migrated legacy systems to AWS, halving costs and optimizing site performance and SEO; streamlined company financial reporting, increasing partner revenue and transparency.

Developed a nationwide ad arbitrage platform and a Social API for daily data collection on 5 million businesses; implemented advanced social scoring and trending algorithms analyzing diverse business social activity and sentiment.

2013-2014 Mid Level Contract Software Engineer

G2 Software Systems (SPAWAR now called NAVWAR)

Point Loma, CA

Built a comprehensive Ruby on Rails application for the U.S. Marines with near-complete test coverage using Cucumber and BDD; designed a VMWare-based DevOps framework for SPAWAR’s SSC Pacific with Gitlab and Jenkins integration.

Collaborated with Amco.me on four Rails applications leveraging ImageMagick, PDFtk, and CouchDB for the e-textbook industry.

2012-2013 Junior Ruby & Perl Software Engineer

Gap Intelligence

Point Loma, CA

Worked on building, maintaining and upgrading a highly scalable Perl and Ruby web crawler while processing data through a number of complex Rails interfaces, running on Amazon Web Services with automated instances and random proxy IP generators.

Also spent time consulting in the WordPress space and giving talks around the country.

WordCamp Los Angeles, September 15th, 2012 (topic: Command Line WordPress Step by Step)

WordCamp New York City, June 9th, 2012 (topic: WordPress on AWS from Start to Finish)

WordCamp Phoenix, June 3, 2012 (topic: Implementing WordPress Constants)

2010-2011 SA Project Management

Sempra Utilities

San Diego, CA

Assisted in Projects involving Power and Gas Systems as well as helped with testing new Software that would be implemented to handle future project planning.

Quoted in the San Diego Tribune about San Diego’s future in Open Source

2001-2009 Personnel Manager & Logistical Sergeant

United States Marine Corps

Served in the 2006 Al Anbar Surge, Iraq, with the 3rd Marine Air Wing and contributed to humanitarian missions post-2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean; also supported 1st Marine Division during the 2005 Iraqi Elections.

Managed a PAC Sub Division due to personnel shortages, assisted in two more divisions, and developed software to improve the precision of maintenance and supply data for III MEF briefings.


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, National University, graduated May 14th 2012.


Programming Complex Systems experience going back over a decade.

Brazilian born US Citizen, Bilingual-fluent in English, Portuguese & Spanish.

Eight years of distinguished military service ending as a Sergeant of Marines.

Active U.S. government military security clearance.


Github: https://github.com/bastosmichael

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbastos

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