William Couch

A highly-motivated individual curious about technology, health, design, and media. Driven by shaping culture, building relationships, and enabling the transparency of information. Enjoys working with diverse, hard-working creatives who demonstrate passion toward their craft.

Contact via william@willamcouch.com or visit williamcouch.com for more information.


  • Twitter

    Engineering Manager

    - present

    Staff Software Engineer

    - present
    San Francisco, California

    Integrated Periscope on Twitter's web properties including Twitter Cards and Tweet Embeds. Added support to monetize Periscope broadcasts on twitter.com with pre-roll advertising. Key facilitator and engineer in unifying Twitter's live video (NFL, content partnerships) and Periscope broadcast products, technical stacks, and engineering teams. Now, co-managing the Twitter web client engineering team, responsible for content creation and consumption on twitter.com, as well as facilitating work to establish best practices for decentralizing engineering operations around the world.

  • Twitter

    Senior Software Engineer

    - October 2016
    San Francisco, California

    Rebuilt user profile pages on web, in addition to migrating the Twitter web server client from Ruby to Scala. Helped rebuild Direct Messages on web, including the launch of Group DMs. Launched the Periscope web player at periscope.tv with the release of the Periscope iOS app, after its acquisition by Twitter. Further developed the web client, introducing user profile pages, growing the team from one to five engineers, and evolving the site into a rich, universal ReactJS application.

  • Twitter

    Software Engineer

    - February 2014
    San Francisco, California

    Built and designed individual internal web application tools in Ruby including an internal-Quora application for company-wide discourse with executive leadership. Open-sourced an audience moderation node.js application called Ospriet as a sample Twitter API application. Launched the Twitter Archive feature allowing Twitter users to download a full copy of their Tweets, with an offline, browser-based interface to explore.


    Interactive Designer

    - April 2011
    McLean, Virginia

    Front-end design and development for editorial interactive graphics and cross-platform web applications, running on Django. Collaborated with Mercury Intermedia, an external development studio, on UI design, features, and strategy for applications on mobile platforms including iPhone, iPad, and Android.

  • Orlando Sentinel

    Multimedia Artist

    - March 2008
    Orlando, Florida

    Developed, built, and designed interactive Flash graphics and multimedia packages. Collaborated with reporters, editors, videographers, photographers to achieve and deliver rich storytelling experiences. Created graphics for the print edition of the publication.

Speaking Engagements

  • Streaming Media West

    How Periscope Migrated To HTML5 and Low Latency HLS

    November 2016

    Huntington Beach, California

    Joint presentation with Pieter-Jan Speelmans of OpenTelly to discuss how Periscope integrated OpenTelly's HTML5 HLS video player, THEOplayer, into Periscope's web client to enable playback via LHLS Media Streaming on any device with near-realtime performance.

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  • South by Southwest

    Design from the Gut

    March 2012

    Austin, Texas

    A moderated panel with independent and in-house designers and engineers from Facebook and Twitter to discuss when and whether to use instinct or data analysis to inform design decisions. Audience input gathered via custom-built, and open-sourced Twitter API project, Ospriet.

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  • O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

    Designing iPad Apps

    February 2011

    New York, New York

    Workshop panel with Jennifer Brook and Craig Mod to discuss how the NYTimes, USA TODAY, and Flipboard handled designing printed content on the emerging tablet platform in the form of the Apple iPad.

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  • The Poynter Institute

    Storytelling Techniques and Tablets

    June 2010

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    Joint presentation with Andrew DeVigal of the New York Times discussing compelling storytelling techniques for tablet devices.