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.
I recommend naming a sole proprietorship while reminiscing about Fresh Prince episodes with good friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Brunswick, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Music (piano) in Jazz Studies
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