Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Co-founder and CTO at Rainforest

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16 Years



Management Experience

Scaling Team
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Hello I'm Russ and I'm CTO of RainForestQA.

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  June 5, 2020
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How To Hire Remotely
6 December

Russell Smith discusses how his company, Rainforest QA, interviews potential staff.

Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Co-founder and CTO at Rainforest

Ensuring remote workers feel like part of the team.
6 December

Russell Smith talks about how he ensures that his remote workers feel like they are a part of the company.

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Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Co-founder and CTO at Rainforest


Lead Software Engineer


Jul 2003 - Jul 2004

Developed E-learning software for Unilever and others which was used globally by all staff for 360 and peer review.

Co-founder, CTO

Rainforest QA

Jun 2012 - current

Rainforest provides QA as a service: Cross-Browser & Cross-Device Testing - Run regression and functional tests for all web browsers, iOS, and Android native apps. Built for CI/CD and Agile Teams - Get comprehensive test results in under 30 minutes and pin point bugs at a granular level. On-demand 24/7, and Always Available - Rainforest's 50,000 crowdsourced testers allows you to run any number of test suites, on your schedule. If you want to learn more, just message me!


UKD1 Limited

Mar 2007 - Mar 2012

UKD1 provided consultancy for startups & companies in the fields of development, ops, architecture design and capacity planning. As a company, we: \- Sucessfully Launched the largest e-commerce platform in Africa \- Scaled an Facebook F8 launch app for a major newspaper from 20k MAU to 5m MAU / 450k DAU \- Setup devops and helped with scaling for an MMO growing from 10k MAU to 1m MAU \- Helped various startups with development, ops and strategy \- Provided external consultantacy for 10gen / MongoDB Inc for scaling / operations

Senior Analyst

Powder Blue Ltd

May 2005 - Feb 2009

Successfully implemented cutting edge, large scale & high traffic, high transaction rate e-commerce, booking and scheduling systems for the travel industry. Using AJAX before it was called AJAX.

Lead Software Engineer


Jun 2004 - May 2005

Implemented new media designs, software systems for card provisioning, email marketing systems, and maintained servers.

Software Engineer

Serck Controls Ltd

Jun 2001 - Aug 2002

Software Engineering in the Software Projects department. I specialised in writing client facing code and adhoc projects to do heavy lifting of data using Java & Oracle. Wrote a custom analytics package for large Indian Government multi-product pipeline projects. Recovered data from an Oracle DB for Three Valleys Water SCADA system, which was logging all their regulated data.

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