Steve looks happy because he's on vacation in this picture. After a stint of founding FeedBurner, and then selling it to Google, where he spent four years integrating FeedBurner and AdMob into Doubleclick, he was happily enjoying life a few miles away from where Fiorentina plays. Though Gabe Batistuta and Rui Costa are long gone, he can still be found donning the purple shirt for an occasional match.
Juan Luis Hortelano
We don't know why Juan Luis is looking down in this picture, but we assume he's looking down the La Liga table at Valencia CF, who are probably in third or fourth place, if they are lucky. That's okay, because even if VCF hasn't done well, they're under new ownership, which should provide plenty of entertainment for the folks at Blinkfire Valencia, co-located within the hallowed halls of Plug and Play España, which Juan Luis also co-founded.
In English, we call that bit of stubble on Alex's chin a "soul patch" - made popular by David Villa while at FC Barcelona - in Spain it's called a "mosca" which loosely translated means "there's a fly on your chin", but in Spain everyone has a barba by 1pm. Alex was previously the CTO at meetmeals.com
and is now our technical skipper.
Computer Vision Engineer
If one designs a "face-spotter" for the photos in the biographical parts of academic publications, the face in this photo will be surely spotted in many high-quality journals in computer vision, pattern recognition and image processing. If it reports its findings in other fields, like chemistry, she says they must be her unknown relatives. Nan is interested in developing useful computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms for real life applications, like what she does at Blinkfire.
Here at Blinkfire, we're a little bit country, and a little bit rock n' roll. Johnny's a little bit punk rock in this picture.
It's also the one and only picture we'll have taken in a bathroom on this website. We promise.
Johnny is our Front-End Developerson, which is a title he made up himself. We like it.
We've been told we have way too many hair and beard jokes in these bios, so we'll leave this one alone.
That's okay anyway, because we'd rather go on about Dani's experience in marketing Valencia's regional basketball league,
degree in Sports Management and Administration, and the rest of his CV which make him our customers' go to guy in Europe.
Business Development and Finance
Okay, so Jeff was a Michigan Wolverine, but we hired him anyway, because at
least he played soccer, so he won't be too excited about Harbaugh coming back. He also
joins us from Twitter where Jeff did Agency sales and Sales Finance, so the combination of all those
things makes him a perfect match for Blinkfire!
Michael is another Wildcat,
who we almost didn't hire because we heard he played Nickelback. Then we learned it was the
football position, and not that awful poser-grunge band with the same name. Whew! Mike joins the business development team,
where he's able leverage his previous experience in sales and entrepreneurship.
Why so serious? Christian worked with Juan Luis and Steve on translating FeedBurner into Spanish. He did such a good job,
that they brought him back for round two. Plus, we enjoy watching him take a beating for being a Real Madrid fan in Valencia.
Of our many polyglots, Pablo is the poly-glotiest of them all. mariposa. borboleta.
butterfly. papillon. SCHMETTERLING! Oh, and he knows some Python too.