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Pablo Pera

Pablo Pera

New York, NY, United States
Member since April 15, 2014
Pablo has taken over 10 mobile apps from concept to millions of users as the lead engineer of multiple teams in various companies, including his own. Before focusing full-time on Android apps, he worked for Google and CERN (home of the LHC particle accelerator) as well as various tech startups in NY. He has invaluable experience in all areas related to Android apps from design and coding to acquisition and growth.
Pablo is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • Java, 8 years
  • Android, 6 years
  • Agile Software Development, 6 years
  • User Experience (UX), 4 years
  • SQL, 4 years
  • Git, 3 years
  • Unity3D, 2 years
New York, NY, United States
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
Slack, Trello, GitHub
The most amazing...
...app I've launched was at Shh, where we built the product in four days and grew it to 60,000 users in another four, making the rounds in press and TV.
Employment
  • Co-founder and Tech Lead
    2008 - PRESENT
    Androidsx
    • Lead the ideation, design, and development of 15 consumer Android apps.
    • Lead the branding, marketing, and growth for Androidsx apps to more than 17 million users.
    • Build a team of mobile engineers.
    • Publish open-source libraries out of by-products of our core development.
    • Create technical posts in the company blog and review technical books.
    Technologies: Android
  • Head of Mobile Engineering
    2014 - 2015
    Pixable
    • Led the Android and iOS teams to successfully performe a full business pivot into the media space.
    • Led the Photofeed Android team to launch the Photofeed application.
    • Developed the photo synchronization mechanism for Photofeed, which is the core of the application.
    • Created a library to send tracking data to our own analytics platform while at the same time pushing the data to commercial platforms.
    • Expanded my team from 3 to a total of 12 engineers.
    Technologies: Android, iOS
  • Senior Software Engineer
    2010 - 2013
    CERN
    • Developed key components of the control system for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN's main particle accelerator and the most powerful in the world.
    • Created a set of servers that act as intermediary between the hardware devices of the injector accelerators (Booster, PS, LINAC4 and others) and the software applications that control them.
    • Made substantial contributions to the Accelerator Logging Service, a critical service that records physical measurements from the equipment in the accelerator chain for long-term storage.
    • Wrote and put in place a security mechanism to avoid exceeding safety parameters in the LHC accelerator.
    • Established collaborations between CERN and the University of Valencia.
    Technologies: Java, Spring, SQL
  • Software Engineer
    2009 - 2010
    CERN
    • Implemented and put in production graphical displays that monitor the status of the accelerator complex displayed in the CERN Control Center and broadcast through all CERN, external labs, and the Internet.
    • Significantly improved the architecture, design, and capabilities of the in-house framework upon which the displays are built.
    • Led the software quality assurance team, whose objective is to improve the software production process in the group.
    • Provided 24x7 support for the CERN Control Center operators.
    • Expanded the array of unit tests to 70% coverage of the key areas.
    Technologies: Java, Spring, Swing
  • Software Engineer
    2008 - 2009
    Google
    • Designed and developed a Java library to build a modularized web interface based on the Java Portlet technology for the provider front-end of Google Base.
    • Designed an API to expose the portlet engine to web applications while hiding its internals.
    • Extended the Portlet Specification (JSR-168), integrated it with the WebWork web application framework, and improved the URL generation engine.
    • Wrote a prototype that runs the whole Google Base web interface under the framework I developed, requiring a minimal integration effort.
    • Introduced the concept of multi-level portlet nesting in the spec.
    Technologies: Java, Portlet
Experience
  • Hooks (Development)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hooks.android

    Hooks lets you discover and create push notifications for just about anything, and configure the notifications based on your needs. Choose from thousands of subjects and types, from television, music, sports, social media, weather, and more.

    Hooks has already sent millions of notifications to 30k Android users.

    Developed in 2015 Q2. Participating in Techstars Summer 2015. Featured in TechCrunch, Lifehacker, and a few other top media outlets.

  • Vintage Retro Camera (Development)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidsx.heliumvideochanger.vintage

    Vintage Retro Camera turns your phone camera into a vintage camera. Photos and videos are created with old-style 8mm, Polaroid effects, and look like they were created back in the 60s.

    Developed in 2015 Q1. Rated 4.25/5 after 300k downloads.

  • Shh (Development)
    http://tryshh.com/

    Shh lets you read your incoming WhatsApp messages while protecting your privacy. It does not reveal the sender of the messages that they were read.

    We created it in 4 days, right after the announcement of this controversial update by WhatsApp, and reached 60k users in just the first few days. It was picked up by top international press and top national TV.

    Developed in Q4 2014.

  • Helium (Development)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidsx.heliumvoicechanger

    Helium performs voice transformations for entertainment purposes. It has a clean, minimalistic user interface that encapsulates the complexity of the underlying technology and provides a very straight-forward Record-Play-Share flow.

    It is growing at a pace of 10k-20k daily downloads, to a total of 3 million so far.

    Developed in Q3 2014.

  • GitPoints (Development)
    http://www.gitpoints.com/

    Gitpoints challenges teams of developers to write better software by gamifying their daily activity.

    We analyze the activity of developers in GitHub, including the code they write and how they collaborate. We detect a big number of problems, e.g., low test coverage, no code reviews, pull requests too big, pull requests taking too long to get merged. Then we quantify those problems and propose challenges for the team to address those problems. For instance, we would tell the team to increase the test coverage of a given module by 5% in a given week. We keep them updated of their progress towards their goal and other key metrics via email and notifications.

    Developed in Q1 2014.

  • Other Projects at Androidsx (Other amazing things)
    http://www.androidsx.com/

    Some of our other creations.

    8 of our apps are in the top 2% worldwide, using AppBrain as the data source (http://www.appbrain.com/stats/android-app-downloads):
    - 3 apps in the top 0.5% (Smileys for Chat, Spell Checker and Helium Voice Changer)
    - 1 app in the top 1% (Remote Gallery)
    - 4 apps in the top 2% (Music Share, Lottodroid, FML, Super Stacker)

    Our applications have reached 17 million mobile users.

Skills
  • Languages
    Java, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, C++
  • Frameworks
    Android SDK, Unity3D, Unity
  • Libraries/APIs
    Parse SDK, Mixpanel Android API, Flurry, jQuery
  • Tools
    Git, GitHub, Crashlytics, Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Google Analytics, JIRA
  • Paradigms
    Unit Testing, Agile Software Development
  • Platforms
    Android, Parse
  • Other
    Lean Startups, User Experience (UX), Video & Audio Processing
  • Storage
    MongoDB
Education
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    2002 - 2008
    Polytechnical University of Valencia - Valencia, Spain
  • Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence
    2006 - 2007
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Stockholm, Sweden
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