I’m John DeRosa, and this is my blog.
What I write about
What I do today
I work at Solinea. Before that, I was CTO and VP Engineering of IP Street, co-founder and Principal in Meta Consulting, and Director of Web Development for Fisher Interactive Network, which was Fisher Communications‘ web division.
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.