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Hello 👋, my name is Pietro Rea and I am a software developer, team lead and author in northern Virginia.

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.

I’ve worked on mobile development since iOS 4. In the past I’ve also been a lead engineer, tech lead and people manager for mobile and full-stack teams. I love being part of tightly-knit teams built on trust that jive well together and make things happen.

I sometimes write books and articles, mostly about software development on Apple platforms.

What I've done before

I've held a number of engineering positions across many industries including travel, e-commerce and media. Right now, I'm a software engineering consultant to early stage startups at Sweetpea Mobile, a consultancy I started.

Previously, 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 full-time, where I helped startups like GameChanger and MightyTV with their mobile apps. I was a one-man show for most engagements and hired contractors for others. 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, the parent company for Diapers.com, Soap.com and several other e-commerce brands. As a team, 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 an infant was in the other. Quidsi was a subsidiary of Amazon so I also worked on multiple platform integration projects. And 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!

Things I've written

Where else to find me

You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also drop me a line at pietro - at - pietrorea.com.

Pietro Rea
Written by Pietro Rea, a software developer, team lead and author living in northern Virginia.