Hello there. My name is Arik Cohen and I build custom software.

You know how people have all these great ideas but after doing all the market research, pitching them to various sharks and creating really really nice powepoint presentations about them they need someone to actually build it? Yea, I'm that dude.

I've been doing it for the past 18 years of my life and there's nothing else I rather do.

So if you have any questions, you want to say hi or just send me a picture of your cat please feel free to send me an email.


2017 - Present

Smithsonian Channel

Lead Software Architect

Led the migration to convert the SmithsonianEarthTV.com website from running static content to one using a CMS developed specifically in house for the company's web properties.

2015 - 2017

Walt Disney Studios

Software Architect

Designed and developed a full service video processing pipeline for Disney Movies Anywhere and other Disney business units. I also designed and developed several other backend components that is used to power Disney Movies Anywhere.

2014 - 2015

MGO.COM (Technicolor)

Principal Engineer

Responsibilities include design and development of backend services in both Java and NodeJS. Key projects include the development of fraud protection service, customer migration from other providers and video encoding pipeline.

2013 - 2014

MobileForming (Hilton)

Sr. Backend Engineer

Responsibilities include design and implementation of database solutions within a MySQL clustered environment, writing REST services, automating batch processes using Spring Batch, providing messaging solutions using AMQP (RabbitMQ) and generally developing infrastructure-level services.

2013 - 2013


Sr. Software Engineer

Owned the development of the middle tier for the new mobile disney store m.disneystore.com. Responsibilities include the design and development of the web application using Spring Framework/Spring MVC & J2EE, JSP development, integration with a WebSphere based commerce backend, cart integration, guided navigation catalog backend (Oracle Endeca) integration and security of the application.

2013 - 2013


Sr. Software Engineer

Designed and developed an online web application used by the company in the review process of all assets produced by their designers. The system is used internally by all designers, art directors, web developers, producers and account managers, as well as by external clients on the lot. I built the system from the ground up both on the front end using JSP/Tiles & jQuery and backend using the Spring stack, hibernate & MySQL.

2012 - 2013



Designed and developed with my wife a free electronic greeting cards service.

David Than

Manager, Walt Disney Studios

Arik puts 110% into everything he does. Never have I worked with someone so determined and disciplined in his efforts to accomplish the things he sets out to do. I'm always amazed at Arik's ability to architect solutions that take into account all the unforeseen variables of any project. I've had the pleasure of managing him and working alongside him at my current and previous positions. Arik is great team member and leader and would be a great asset to any company.

Simon Boyce-Maynard

MobileForming, Platform Services Lead

Arik is an extremely focused and productive engineer. A consummate professional that demonstrated both back end and front end software development skills. He was independent and delivered a high quality product with limited direction.

Arik is highly recommended and would be an asset on any development team.

Carlo Brooks


I worked with Arik on a priority 1 data migration project that required the development of a system to accurately resolve large volumes of video metadata on an automated basis. In addition to having a true knack and enthusiasm for wrangling data, I found Arik to be exceptionally proactive and open to new ideas, a true leader as well as an extremely solid developer. He is smart and thoughtful, but also not afraid to roll up his sleeves and push things through, which are exactly the qualities I look for in a developer.

Lior Weizman

Officer, Israel Defense Force

Arik is simply the best software engineer and architect I had the privilege to work with. During our military service at the Israel Defense Forces, Arik and I led an innovative solution, a first of its kind system. Arik led all the design and development processes that were completed ahead of schedule, with a quality level that exceeded all expectations. The technological challenges Arik needed to face with were countless – But if you are looking for someone to solve a challenging technology problem – Arik is the one! Arik is defiantly the most innovative software engineer I have worked with in the last 15 years and the ideal partner to challenge the world with.