The short story
I’m an IT Professional with a good experience in management of IT companies and lot of experience in software development. I have been partner of a couple of startups, managed teams of up to 25 people, worked as a freelance and currently leading the Italian development team for ScientiaMobile Inc, a Reston (US) based startup focused on mobile detection technologies and services. Born in Dearborn Michigan and living in Italy since many years now I speak fluenly both English and Italian, studied French and learned Russian while working for some time in Russia.
The long story
I always wanted to be an astronomer but one day (I was 15) I found the Darthmouth Basic manuals in my fathers library and asked him what they were.. I was so fascinated by computer programming that I changed school to go to a technical (electronics/computer science) high school and I would go to all computer exhibitions just to be able to try out the code I was writing at home on some real computer of any kind. Then the zx spectrum came and at school they bought 6502 development boards. At university I had a chance to know unix and started working both as students tutor in the University lab as well as at the company that was providing unix computers to the university (ST Microelecttronics, 1983). At ST I was lucky to work on one of the first ports of Unix sys III from AT&T on ST custom hardware (Z8000 based) servers.
Working and finishing university was the goal but a huge project opportunity came in 1990 when Olivetti/Sixtel got a contract to design the new Aeroflot civil aviation messaging network of the soviet union. I jumped on that train and learned how to work in a large sw engineering team in a project that was ranging from x25/cidin packet network message switching to operator/administrator GUIs (X/motif based).
In 1996, with a friend we decided to open up a company and first acting as an ISP (at that time ISP were the big thing) then as a software consulting company we started working in the new area of internet applications. For Tin.it (Telecom italia) we developed an Instant Messenger service (C6) that became the flagship product of telecom italia consumer community, reaching nielsen #1 rank in the community/chat segment. We also developed products in the CRM/Call center business ranging from trouble ticketing solutions to advertising campaign managers. When it was clear that Mobile and Apps where the next big thing I created an internal app factory business unit and we developed many projects in that area for major players in italy (Telecom Italiam, Iveco, Dolce & Gabbana among others). I left the company in 2013 and started a period of freelance consulting that brought me in contact with my actual job.