Hello 👋, my name is Pietro Rea and I am a software engineer and sometimes engineering manager. Right now I am the Head of Engineering and cofounder of Meadow. Our mission is to empower students financially, and promote economic mobility through higher education.
Over the years I’ve discovered that I am a product engineer, which means I engage with the “why”, build MLPs (minimum lovable products) and pair up well with product, UX and design.
Previously, I've held a number of engineering positions across many industries including travel, e-commerce and media. I was part of Capital One's mobile engineering team, where I helped build digital tools for Capital One's credit card customers. Before that, I was a team lead at Upside Business Travel, where I led teams of software engineers to build and maintain Upside's profile and authentication systems, Upside's corporate offering and the iOS and Android apps.
Prior to joining Upside, I spent a couple of years on Sweetpea Mobile, a consultancy I started, where I helped startups like GameChanger and MightyTV with their mobile apps. I operated as an agency for almost two years until I ramped down operations in 2017.
And before that, I was a mobile engineer at Quidsi, a subsidiary of Amazon and the parent company for Diapers.com, Soap.com and several other brands. Back then, we mastered the art of “one-handed shopping”, shipping five-star iOS and Android apps that enabled parents to get all their shopping done with one hand while having an infant in the other. Finally, before Quidsi I worked at the Huffington Post in New York City where I built news and video apps.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University. I decided on my major after reading The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner, although I spent most of my time at Princeton studying Chinese and Computer Science. 你好!
I sometimes write books and articles, mostly about software development on Apple platforms.
You can find me on Mastodon and LinkedIn. You can also drop me a line at pietro - at - pietrorea.com.