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TitleCTO, Architect, engineer, code monkey, manager
My goal is and will always be to make a difference.
With many general interests in diverse areas of science and engineering, I am able to find solutions to problems that are outside the box.
My experience has been mostly in distributed and server related areas.
* Search, indexing, and metadata extraction
* Filesystem design and implementation
* Web conferencing
Skills in Java: JSF, Struts, Java SE, Java EE, Swing, SWT, AWT, Eclipse, NetBeans, JBoss AS and MySQL


LocationUnited States (USA) / California (San Diego area)
This expert accepts to work remotely.
This expert accepts to work as a freelance.


Positions are listed in chronological order, with most recent at the top.
CTO for BlackBall, Inc Java
March 2001 - Present (Still in this position)
Location United States (USA) / California
Industry High Tech / Software publishers
BlackBall is an OEM software provider specialized in search and management of data located wherever there is storage, including desktops, laptops, servers, NAS, but also semi structured data sources like Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Outlook, etc. Everything is distributed ("centralized" is a four letter word!) Metadata can be assigned to any piece of information and sticks with data is it goes through its life cycle.

As the CTO, I am in charge of all technical directions of the company. I am also the largest contributor to the actual code base.
Chief Scientist for Raindance Communications Java
August 2000 - January 2001
Location United States (USA) / California
Industry Communications and media / Internet
Researched improvements on the system created while at Contigo Software.
Worked on transforming Microsoft PowerPoint slides into space and bandwidth efficient vector graphics for use in our presentation sharing system.
VP of Engineering and founder for Contigo Software Java
June 1996 - August 2000
Location United States (USA) / California
Industry High Tech / Software publishers
Founded Contigo Software, the first web conferencing company.
Created a web-based conferencing system to share Microsoft PowerPoint slides, web pages, desktop, whiteboard, etc. with a large number (thousands) of participants.
Everything except the desktop sharing was done using Java.
Our IPO got yanked right before the .com bubble burst. Sold ourselves to Raindance Communications instead.


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posted Tuesday, March 24, 2009
updated Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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