I am a seasoned technical leader who pays a lot of attention to enterprise patterns, methodologies, communities and (everyone’s) personal development: with 8 years of experience on my back, I’ve heavily focused my attention to agile practices, patterns of enterprise application architecture and leading mid/big-sized development teams and managing complexity in distributed systems.
I am a forward-thinker by nature and I still love to get my hands dirty with code, or testing new platforms: I am quite active on github and, from time to time, blog over here.
I’m currently in Dubai, where I work as VP Technology for Namshi, a Rocket Internet venture, leading our engineering team in developing our distributed, stateless microservice-based architecture: I am very proud of what we achieved in the past 3 years together, since we refactored our platform to become a SOA using the best of the market (ie. NodeJS, Docker, AngularJS, Symfony2, Redis, RabbitMQ) and the cloud (AWS & Google’s Kubernetes among others). I spend most of my time trying to innovate our stack with tools like Docker or React, taming the implicit complexity of a large scale distributed system and helping our team members adopt new tools, practices and patterns they have never used before, like 12-factor apps, containers or ChatOps.
I’m a big supporter of microservices, the REST architectural style, asynchronous messaging systems and I’m used to work with some practices of extreme programming (and agile development, in general), like TDD and pair-programming.
I have been involved in projects for governments, mainstream companies such as Samsung or Nissan and pioneered the technology scene of e-commerce platforms in the Middle East: when I’m not working, you can find me speaking at some conference (I like to travel around the globe to share my experience at conferences and to hear about new and disruptive technologies / platforms), blogging or grabbing a bite in the old side of Dubai.
I always try to make a positive impact in the organizations I work at, both from a technical and interpersonal perspective; some of the feedback that I received includes:
I had the pleasure of working with Alessandro since the early stages of Namshi, before it became the most successful fashion e-commerce in the Middle-East. There is no doubt that Alessandro played a key role in the success of Namshi. Thanks to his forward thinking and leadership, we were able to quickly create and modify an ecommerce platform that fulfills the business needs, with a very small tech team (compared to the market). Other than being a great product oriented professional, he can rapidly choose the right tools for the job, even if it is a new product or technology, mentor the team and also feed a developer’s willing-to-learn/willing-to-try desires. It is very difficult nowadays find someone that has great skills from the business, technical and leadership point of view, but Alessandro has all of them. His motto, “keep things simple”, is something that I will definitely keep in mind every time I have to tackle a tech challenge.
Alessandro Cinelli, Head of Backend Engineering @ Namshi (2016)
I have been privileged to have good managers but Alex stands above. He is one of the most complete leaders I have seen. His attributes are countless from unique ways of motivating the team to being a great communicator. His unique way of delegating tasks as well giving the team the flexibility is incomparable. As VP, he still likes to get his hands dirty with codes. Its a great joy and pride to be working with him.
Oluwaseun Obajobi, Lead system administrator @ Namshi (2014)
I can’t even imagine how Namshi and its development team would look like if we did not hire Alessandro as Lead Developer. It is like with Samuel L. Jackson and Pulp Fiction which cannot be described without one another. I can by far tell that Alex is my best hire at Namshi and Rocket Internet. He has been super involved and helpful in establishing the development team’s spirit. Coming from a strong and cutting-edge open source expertise he shares and more often owns the understanding of how Namshi’s technology should look like in the future. Being an outstanding developer from the beginning, he progressively took more responsibility to the extent that with my leaving in the next weeks, he can take over almost all responsibilities seamlessly which I appreciate a lot.
Halil Koklu, former CTO @ Namshi (2013)
Alex is one of the best programmers I ever met, His approach to solving OOP problems is incredible. Hungry of knowledge, he’s able to apply concept that he just learned and has excellent analysis even in cases of high stress. The experience he managed to gain – despite his youg age – is amazing. It was a pleasure working with him especially on open source projects, I hope that in the future there will be another team in which we can work together.
David Funaro, Sr. software engineer @ Dnsee (2012)
Alessandro has been my source of knowledge and inspiration in the last two years. He is a person full of passion and he knows how to make you want to learn, or increase it. Although young he has a very deeply knowledge of everything related to software architecture and development processes. He’s able to convey knowledge only staying by his side. I’m really glad to met him and have had the pleasure to work together. He’s always in the forefront of everything related to programming. I really hope to work side by side with him again.
Fabio Cicerchia, software engineer @ Dnsee (2012)
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For curious people, a few other points…
- I was born in Friuli, a godforsaken region of Italy
- have no siblings
- my dad taught me fishing when I was a young kid: one of my favorites moments was fishing eels overnight
- I was raised in Codroipo, a small town suitable for families
- believe it or not, I had my first PC when I was 16/17
- I moved to Rome by myself when I was 21
- I’ve been a (some say) talended basketball player ( small forward )
- I once played the bass at a concert
- back in University times, I started studying Philosophy, then I realized one day I would have needed a real job
- I ran my own company, while younger, with a couple of friends: it was called Ternaria
- I failed at using a kanban board to manage home-related issues
- my favorite basketball player is Dirk Nowitzki
havehad 2 cats, and I am missing my long-time companion Ade, who died in late 2010
- I don’t spontaneously tell my age in conversations
- I’ve a ‘92 ZZR, but I used to have 2 bikes – 3 for a few weeks
- Gimme some drums or a guitar, I still should be able to play something
- with Jacopo, I’ve been part of the Frog crew during Santa Marinella’s 2010/2011 Este24 winter championship
- I’ve changed 6 houses in the last 3 years
- I’m fascinated by indian food and almost everything of that beautiful country, which I visited for a conference
- I love Rome, but I feel like it’s not the right place to raise my (future) children
- I have a personal blog, in italian, called nerdiario (“nerd-diary”)
- In March 2012 I relocated to Dubai
- even though I know that I am (mentally) prone to relocations, I’m finding myself pretty well in Dubai
- I absolutely suck at photography, which is nowadays probably my dad’s biggest passion
- I grew up knowing my parents never had a single interaction with the web: now, my mom uses Facebook like a 15yo and my dad entertains a Tumblr blog
- I quit with cigarettes in late 2012
- I’m totally informal
- In my first 15 months at Namshi I covered 3 positions: Lead Developer, Head of Development and VP Technology
- I own an XboX, but I rarely play alone (though my wife kicks my ass at Forza 2)
- I visited 20 countries so far (Maldives, Kenya, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, UAE, Oman, USA, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Vatican City, Poland, India, Canada, Nederlands, Turkey, Vietnam), some of them very briefly, mostly during conferences
- I don’t drink alcohol
- one of my favorites TV shows is River Monsters, it brings back great memories of days spent fishing with my father
- once I moved to Dubai, I decided to start collecting NBA jerseys: so far I got the swingman’s of Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Damien Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers #24), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers – Hardwood Classic Rookie Edition #8), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)
- I got married to Sarah in June 2015
- I think Game of Thrones is too predictable