Declaration is a platform striving to make it easy for creative professionals of every stripe to showcase their work, broadcast their insights, and monetize their intellectual capital. We were involved in building out the MVP of the beta version of Declaration (now in beta 2.0). We improved an existing Laravel backend and built many resident web scrapers in Python and PHP in order to gather data in the public domain. While not “big data” there was “lots of data” and we had to maintain and optimize a very large MySQL database.