David Bartolomei is a Software Engineer, Product Manager and Entrepreneur living in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
My first experience “building” software was when I was in 9th grade, and I made a few websites using iWeb and Geocities. It caught my attention on how you can build/publish anything with only a computer. At the time I was a member of the audio-visual club and the school newspaper club where I used a variety of software for designing animations and graphics. These experiences make me pursue a career in Computer Engineering as I loved to built and craft stuff. However, it wasn’t until my high school senior year when I took my first programming course using Java that I had my first “official” programming experience.
I studied at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, locally known as “El Colegio,” where I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, majoring in Computing Systems. During my time there I did internships at Nagnoi Inc, Harris Corporation and Goldman Sachs.
Also, I was a member of the IEEE Computing Society where I was the lead organizing the first Android Developer Challenge sponsored by Google. Outside my tech activities, I participated in the student government, first as Academic Senator and then as President of the General Student Council. I also started working with HackPR, a local hackathon that began in December 2012, took the lead during 2014 and made the biggest hackathon in 2016 with more than 600 students.
During my sophomore, I started working as a web developer for Explorer Media, and during my senior year, I started working as a software engineer for TixBy and joined them after completing my degree. I stay there for a few months. Then I left to work at GFR Media, who runs the newspaper of record, El Nuevo Día, where I led the implementation of the paywall and digital subscription system. A year and hurricane María went by, and I decided to launch Monito Media, an AI-based broadcast and traditional media monitoring service.