The past decade of my life in a web-page
My name is Giancarlo, and work as a Software Engineer, specialized in writing client-side apps with Typescript, Angular, Firebase, Stencil, and sometimes React.
I'm originally from Italy, but spent the largest part of the past decade in London (UK), where I worked for various companies, especially in the financial sector.
Due to Covid and other personal reasons, I've recently returned to Italy, temporarily.
After finalizing my project at Tradeweb at the end of the year, I decided to take a break from full-time consulting.
Both the project, my relocation back to Italy and a distressing Covid-related situation took the tool, so I decided to take a small break.
Shortly after I started working on Formtoro, a marketing platform for collecting data and measuring the quality of eCommerce ads thanks to zero-party data.
At the beginning of the year, I left Barclays Bank due to a change in regulations that made working there less appealing (thanks, IR35). I was planning on getting back to consulting after my trip to Taiwan and Japan, but then Covid happened.
After a few months of building some side projects, I took on a contract with TradeWeb, one of the most important Electronic Trading services in the world.
Needless to say, the project got me out of my comfort zone, having to deal with a difficult transition from a Flash/C++ based charting library to a new, Angular and Highcharts stack.
This was one fo the hardest projects I have ever worked one, but thankfully we were able to swap all the charts in the system before the Flash kill-switch in January 2021.
At the beginning of the year, I joined OneTrust, a unicorn in the Privacy space, and likely one of the highest growing startups in the world.
I was hired to grow and lead the London's front-end engineering team, focused on Angular.
OneTrust was a pretty great company, but not the ideal one for me personally. I decided to take on a more challenging contract with Barclays Bank, where I was tasked to co-lead a project that had to be delivered within 6-months. Challenge accepted!
This project was absolutely fascinating: it involved building a reusable, customizable framework for building interactive forms driven by a custom syntax that could be written by anyone, without any coding knowledge required.
The hardest part was dispatching actions that would affect dozens, if not more, other forms on the same pricing page. For each given action, the affected forms could be could, changed in value, options, andf so on. And the cascade would continue affecting other forms as a result!
It wasn't easy, but we did it!
In 2017 I finally joined my first financial institution: Societe Generale, one of the largest banks in Europe.
My goal was to modernize the stack from Angular.js to modern Angular and ngRx, while maintaining a functional existing application.
For the first time, I had a major responsibility on my hands: financial applications, as you can imagine, can cause financial losses!
The experience was both exciting and terrifying, but this was one of the most valuable experiences in my career.
After I left eFinancialCareers, I went to work for Klood, a social-media planner and analytics company, then turned market-research analyzer.
It never caught on, but these were fundamental years in my growth - at a time when London's tech-sector was probably at its peak before the Brexit meltdown happened. A wonderful time to be there.
After my graduation I went to work for King's College London, in the Digital Humanities Department. Funded by the EU, the project I worked on provided paleographers with computer-based tools to enhance their studies.
It was my first experience being a professional developer, in a cheerful, skilled and very friendly environment.
After the expiration of my contract, I went on to work in the private sector. I landed at eFinancialCareers, one of the most important Job boards in the financial sector.
Despite being in an office full of awesome poeple, the experience didn't last long for me, as I was never really welcome to the offshore company that took complete ownership of the project. Pity.
I studied Digital Humanties at University of Pisa, a subject which taught me both Computer Science and literary studies notions, such as writing, linguistics, and some much less useful (but still super-interesting) subjects.