As of 2017.06.23

Introduction

My name is Chris LoPresto. I am a software engineer, musician, and leader. I work with talented engineers and designers to build things that make sense to humans. Stories follow.

Betterment

2016 - Present
I currently work at Betterment as a lead software engineer

Yapp / Yapp Labs

2015 - 2016
Where I immersed myself in the collaboration between engineers and designers

Highlights

Elegant and Tasteful

2014 - 2015
A period of freelance consulting where I learned about NASCAR

Highlights

  • JimmieJohnson.com received a complete design overhaul from Code and Theory. I implemented the new design and assisted with infrastructure upgrades.
  • Symonds & Son was building out new dev ops processes for a burgeoning customer pipeline. We concocted a technical architecture that automated infrastructure updates for all of their customers on an ongoing basis.
  • Work Better wanted to reinvent internal communication and project management. I helped them adopt a more open, collaborative culture atop tools like Slack and Asana.
I recommend naming a sole proprietorship while reminiscing about Fresh Prince episodes with good friends.

Plyfe

2011 - 2014
Where I co-founded a startup
as CTO & Co-Founder

Plyfe began life as a consumer-facing social rewards platform but morphed into a marketing platform that allowed brands to embed interactive experiences – personality quizzes, video polls, etc. – in their web properties. The self-service platform provided real-time data analysis and reporting of user activity.

As the technical co-founder, I started building Plyfe from scratch in September 2011. We built up a team of 10 engineers at our peak. As the company evolved, I assumed user experience and product leadership roles.

News Corp / Skiff

2008 - 2010
Where I led teams and learned about the publishing industry
as Director of Content Publishing

I led a team of 20 engineers and designers that built a publishing system to automatically design ePub editions of the New York Times, Washington Post, etc. on the fly. Our content evoked the look and feel of each publication, taking advantage of the large display size of Skiff's 11.5 inch e-reader.

The Skiff e-reader garnered buzz at CES in January 2010 but sadly never saw the light of day. When Skiff was acquired by News Corp later that year, I helped with Project Alesia, a similar digital news platform they were developing at the time.

Microdesk

2005 - 2008
Where I led projects and learned about the Patriot Missile System
as Lead Software Engineer & Project Manager

This was my first job in New York. Microdesk has a software team that specializes in geospatial projects and Autodesk customization. I worked as a software engineer and also began to manage projects here. Customers ranged from utility companies and manucturers to government agencies and defense contractors. The team was very talented, and we tackled some truly unique problems.

Highlights

  • Raytheon asked us to transform Patriot Missile System electrical schematics (tens of thousands of AutoCAD documents) into a user manual app for soldiers performing maintenance. We performed topological analysis of the circuitry and built interactive tools to search for and navigate along electrical signal paths.
  • Ipswich Bay Glass asked us to build a plugin for Autodesk Inventor to help design glass curtain walls as well as the instruction sets for the CNC machines that cut the (12 foot-long Lego-style) pieces to size.
  • The Vermont Electric Power Company asked us to provide real-time visualizations of their dispatched helicopters and road crews.

Fantastic Damage

2004 - 2005
Where I started a web development business
as Co-Founder & Software Engineer

A buddy and I formed Fantastic Damage after collaborating on several website projects to great effect. At a time when people considered Flash intros a good idea, we developed dynamic, accessible, aesthetically-pleasing web applications along with a CMS that enabled our customers to control their own content. This was a novel idea back then.

MBNA

2002 - 2004
Where I dealt in big datasets and corporate flair
as Software Engineer

This was my first job out of school. I worked on a small software team that developed large-scale financial data processing workflows across the US, UK, and Ireland divisions of the company. This was my first experience with things that ran overnight.

If you fully expand the acronyms in MBNA America Bank, N.A. you end up with Maryland Bank National Association America Bank National Association.

Music

I grew up playing piano and have a jazz performance degree. I play several other instruments and have worked as a freelance session musician with independent and major label recording artists.

Hugo

2010 - 2011

In 2010, Epic Records assembled a band for Roc Nation recording artist Hugo. I played keyboards and sang background vocals. We toured the US with bands like The Script and One Eskimo, playing in iconic venues throughout the country. We also performed in one of the Olympic arenas in Beijing.

Highlights

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Education

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Music (piano) in Jazz Studies

1998 - 2002

Salesianum School

Wilmington, DE

Tenui Nec Dimittam

1994 - 1998