William Li [PDF]

Sunnyvale, CA


University of California, Berkeley

M.S., Computer Science with the Management of Technology Certificate (August 2010 - May 2011)

B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (August 2007 - May 2010); GPA: 3.80

Work Experience

Boost Labs Cofounder and CTO (March 2016 - present)
  • Launched Superpod, a cross-platform app and website for human knowledge sharing
  • Tech: Python/Django, React Native/Expo, Heroku, PostgreSQL, AWS
ActivityHero Director of Engineering (November 2014 - December 2015)
  • Transitioned website from Rails 3.0 to 4.2, and optimized checkout flow to increase conversions by 30%
  • Improved code quality by introducing more formal code reviews, linters, style guides, and continuous integration.
  • Performed security audit and fixed numerous security and privacy vulnerabilities.
  • Built internal data entry tool with an additional QA phase to process ~50,000 business listings
  • Tech: Ruby on Rails, jQuery, Heroku, PostgreSQL, AngularJS
Zoetic Co-Founder (October 2013 - November 2014)
  • Launched Zoetic, a service that helps users discover and share activites, events, and places.
  • Full-stack developer: primarily worked on the web frontend (AngularJS), Android app, and backend (Python/Django).
  • Acquired by ActivityHero
Google Software Engineer (July 2011 - October 2013)
  • Worked on the Conversational Search team on natural language processing, UI work, and prototypes
  • Launched the Zerg Rush easter egg, which launched to very positive feedback and resulted in numerous front-page articles on tech blogs and traditional news sites alike
  • Worked on various features and optimizations as part of the Faster Mobile Search and Searchbox teams


Ninja Courses - ninjacourses.com (Summer 2007 - current)
  • Provides a web interface to generate class schedules, eliminating manual permutations of classes
  • Implemented a much-needed service for the UC Berkeley students, growing to over 70,000 total users across 5 universities
Hiking/Photography Website - hiking.wli.io (June 2015 - current)
  • Created showcase website for three of my hobbies - hiking, photography, and coding.
  • Tech: Python/Django, Cloudinary, PostgreSQL, React, Bootstrap
Web Security Research (February 2009 - May 2011)


Web Development
Experience with Python (Django), JavaScript (React, Angular, jQuery), SQL, HTML, and CSS
Mobile Development
Experience with React Native (Expo) and Java (Android)
Misc Technologies
Experience with Heroku, PostgreSQL, Redis, AWS, GCP, Docker, Git, Linux

Academic Honors

Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society (Joined Spring 2008)
  • Helped organize and run over 100 events and led the organization as President and Vice President
  • As the IT Chair, instituted a code review policy, migrated to a new server, and mentored newer officers
Eta Kappa Nu - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Honor Society (Joined Spring 2008)