I’m John DeRosa, and this is my blog.
What I write about
What I do today
I work at IP Street. Before that, I was co-founder and Principal in Meta Consulting, and Director of Web Development for Fisher Interactive Network, which was Fisher Communications‘ web division. Among other matters, I led a large CMS project for in-housing Fisher’s news sites using Plone.
My past technical work includes working in Perl, C, Java, C#, Lisp, and ISP microcode; on spiders, search engines, operating systems, and CPU instruction sets. I’m rusty in those disciplines, but they’re still in my head.
A brief history
After attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where I was enamored with a DECsystem-1050 during the golden age of WPI hacking, I worked for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). I wrote CPU microcode for the VAX-11/750 and VAX 8600, worked on the first DEC Alpha workstation, ported Windows NT to DEC’s Alpha, and managed the NT/Alpha platforms team.
After DEC, I held VP and senior management roles in a few start-ups. The most successful was Singingfish, where I was Co-founder and VP Engineering. We created a novel service that we sold to Thomson SA, which sold it to AOL, which killed it. Joe Heck introduced me to Python and Django in 2006, when he and I built TrenchMice. For this am I ever grateful!
For fun, I spend time with good friends and obsess about my pets.
More details and contact info
My LinkedIn entry has more detail.