Harrison Liddiard

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Work Experience

Software Engineer 1 & 2 2017 – present


  • Modernized merchant onboarding stack in React and Node.js.
  • Led programs to improve onboarding verification rate to increase net new actives.
  • Won internal and external hackathons for PayPal, recruited, helped plan PayPal’s annual developer conference.
  • Started a program to help recent college grads meet each other.

Software Engineering Intern Summer 2016

The New York Times

  • Increased CMS search speed 10x with Elasticsearch.
  • Search frontend: reduced complexity, redesigned results display, implemented as-you-type feedback for queries.
  • Wrote a binary search typographic headline balancer that runs on all article pages.

hackNY Fellow, Software Engineering Intern Summer 2015


  • Created customizable React components for campaign builder.
  • Server-side development in Django, Flask, MongoDB.
  • Participated in hackNY Fellows mentorship program learning from NYC founders and civic leaders.

Web Developer & Designer 2014 – 2017

UCLA Athletics

  • Worked among several departments to prioritize, design, and create pages for major athletic events.
  • Developed internal applications to improve workflow processes.
  • Worked with website provider to coordinate full site redesign, created web style guide.

Managing Editor, Digital 2014 – 2015

Daily Bruin

  • Taught and advised 80+ people in web development, videography, and podcasting at the university newspaper.
  • Coordinated interdepartmental breaking news coverage and collaboration on feature stories.


UCLA 2017

B.A., Linguistics and Computer Science

Technical Skills

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node.js
  • GraphQL
  • Python
  • Flask, Django
  • User experience design


  • Slack Meetups: pair people in a Slack channel for 1:1 meetups
  • google-sheet-s3: instantly create an API from a spreadsheet
  • Stream Editor: use Unix text manipulation commands interactively on the web
  • MailPDF: physically mail a digital document in under 60 sec
  • shorten links with easy-to-remember URLs

Other Skills & Achievements

  • Event planning
  • Videography, audio & video editing
  • Pilot-in-training
  • Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm
  • Yamaha Music School graduate
  • Black belt in Kenpo
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