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2011 - Present
PunchTab is the world's first instant loyalty platform reaching over 20 million consumers every month across hundreds of sites that have integrated the company's loyalty programs. Using PunchTab publishers, retailers and application vendors can deploy a tightly integrated reward program to their users in minutes with no development or marketing costs. Consumers can immediately authenticate through popular social networks and start earning loyalty points that are redeemable for exclusive offers, gift cards, and custom rewards.
Based in Silicon Valley, PunchTab was founded in January of 2011 by Ranjith Kumaran who previously co-founded YouSendIt.com, the largest digital file-delivery service serving 600,000 subscribers, and Mehdi Ait Oufkir, an early YouSendIt employee who went on to found JellyDo.com, a location-based reminder service for Foursquare users.
I joined PunchTab end of August 2011, right after graduating from Polytech Nantes, and we were only 4 at this time: Ranjith, Mehdi, Ben and me. First job, first time in the US, seven-month-old startup, you can't imagine how excited I was to start this adventure.
When you start at PunchTab, the first rule you are taught is that you need to push something in production during your first week. This is an awesome way of making you feeling 100% involved in the company and makes you realize that you have a huge responsability regarding its growth. I quickly started to work on the giveaway widget and it's still my cherished product that I love to maintain and improve as soon as I have some free time.
- HTML 5
- CSS 3
- Jenkins Continuous Integration Service
- Soap/Rest API
Projects & Internships
January 2011 - June 2011
Overhaul of the timetable information system for the SNCF.
Bastien Léoment - [[recommendation.capgemini.author]]
- Apache Tomcat
- Jazz RPC
June 2010 - August 2010
Analysis of a H-Trust peer-to-peer network with the NetLogo platform.
Novemver 2009 - May 2010
This project was confidential but involved the creation of a Microsoft Exchange Server plug-in.
- Microsoft Exchange Server
April 2008 - June 2008
Within the IT department my role was to study Google Web Toolkit in order to migrate an existing internal Lotus Notes application using this technology. For the migration, I used the Java programming language associated with Spring and Hibernate frameworks. The application had to be connected to an Active Directory for the authentication and hosted on a Tomcat server. The main purpose of this application was to manage the computer bugs reporting process.
Dominique Arnou - [[recommendation.cnieg.author]]
ToolsGit (Github)90%VI (MacVim)90%Eclipse80%Terminal80%
After graduating high school, I decided to enter the University institute of Technology of Nantes, in order to get a two-year degree in Computer Science. I chose this kind of diploma because it combined theory and practice, and it kept the doors open to continue my studies. Before starting the courses, I was already fond of computers and technology but never knew what programming was. During the two years of studies, the logic behind programming, algorithms and data architecture became a true passion and I knew that I had found the right path for my career.
Willing to improve my skills and knowledges about Computer Science, I was able to join the University of Nantes engineering school thanks to my ranking for the DUT (rank 10/120). Over the years, I took advantage of the international partnerships the School had to improve my english skills. In the second year, I did a six-month project for Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), a company based in California. Then I did a two-and-a-half-month internship at the South China University of Technology, in Guangzhou. Finally, I did my 9th semester (first half of the third year) at Linnaeus University, in Sweden.
Now that my studies had ended, it was time to find a job and I was really motivated to come work in the Silicon Valley. Therefore, I reached back to Mehdi Ait Oufkir, who was the person that was supervising the Hightail project two years earlier. Fortunately for me, he was just starting a new company, with Ranjith Kumaran, and was looking for a junior software engineer. This is how I ended up working at PunchTab and I'm thankful every day, since they hired me, for the amazing opportunity they've given me!