Álvaro Reneses

Álvaro Reneses

Edinburgh, UK

Who am I?

If people are not laughing at your dreams, you're not dreaming big enough.Grayson Marshall

Bio

My name is Álvaro, although almost everyone calls me by my last name, Reneses.

I have recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Oviedo. Thanks to the mobility agreements of the university, I completed my third year at Canisius College (New York, US) and my fourth one at CIT (Cork, Ireland).

I love every type of art. My favorite fields are fashion, photography, music and every kind of design; branches where I am involved and where I actively work.

I also enjoy practicing sports, especially basketball; I used to play semi-professionally in Asturias, the province I represented in its youth selection when I went to the Spanish Championships in 2012.

I value the importance of the education and knowledge. I also think that the new information technologies, as well as the automation of manual works, have completely change the needs of the society; therefore, I consider that adapting the traditional learning methodologies to the current state of the world, and the boost of creativity, are some of the most important challenges the humanity should face.

Learn about the world, then change it. Canisius College

Experiences

Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer.

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My two favourite fields are technology and entrepreneurship: I really believe that the mixture of both changes and improves the world.

Software Engineering

I really like the engineering way of think. I have been involved in a mathematical academic environment since I chose the technological specialization back in High School.

Every time I try to define what Engineering is, I recall this quote:

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop… But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem — and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. Steve Jobs

I love Software Engineering because it is a challenging field where facing abstract problems are daily basis -probably more than in any other Science.

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. Bill Gates

Enterpreneurship

I think that if you do not find any door opened, it is better to create a hole in the wall rather than to wait for someone to open it for you. There a lot of people who just wait for their opportunity -as Hollywood has taught us-; I believe sometimes we have to create our own opportunities.

For me, entrepreneurship is all about having initiative. When I was five years all I labeled all the books from my house because I wanted to manage them as a library. Twelve years, I founded Infinite Creative, my own clothing brand; it also sounded stupid for a lot of people but after four years we sold more than 6K products. Right now, I am the current director of The Medizine, one of the most recognized media in Spain with regard to music, fashion, and lifestyle.

The main lesson I learned from my entrepreneurial experience is that neither your age, (lack of) financial support or contacts, your short experience, nor the apparent impossibility of your goals, matter when you have an idea and you are ready to fight for it. Stop making excuses.

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it. Jordan Belfort

Resume

You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words, that Nicholas Sparks

Education

2012 to
2016

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain)
  • GPA: 9.5/10, 30/39 courses with honors, End-of-Degree Extraordinary Prize nominee.
  • Undergraduate studies cursed in English as part of the bilingual program of the University.
2015 to
2016

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT & I.T. MANAGEMENT

CIT (Cork, Ireland)
  • All the courses completed with first class honors.
  • These studies formed part of a full-year Erasmus scholarship.
2014 to
2015

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Canisius College (New York, US)
  • 1st of 648 rank, GPA of 4.0/4.0, member of the Dean’s Honor List ‘with special distinction for a perfect academic record’.
  • These studies formed part of a full-year scholarship for international mobility.

Work Experience

Feb '16 to
present

LEAD SOFTWARE ENGINEER

The Medizine (Remotely)
  • Design the new website and online identity for The Medizine.
  • Refactor the website and develop new systems, using mainly PHP (and Wordpress with custom plugins), MariaDB, Redis, and NGINX.
  • Port The Medizine from a basic web hosting solution to our own infrastructure in DigitalOcean (IaaS provider). As a result, The Medizine had a 10x improvement in the overall speed, and there now exist several safety and security measures.
  • Maintain and constantly optimize the website through analysis, A/B testing, to improve the SEO, and the user experience and engagement.
Sept '15 to
Apr '16

CTO

SinPaseos (Remotely)
  • Build the first MVP of the platform.
  • Recruit and coordinate two other software engineers.
  • Design the technological infrastructure, including the selection of the software stack (mainly PHP, JavaScript, Java, MySQL, OrientDB and Linux), hardware vendors and cloud providers.
  • Design and implement the intelligent system behind the matching of requests and providers, a system of crawlers of providers and companies, and an Android & iOS app using PhoneGap.
May '15 to
Aug '15

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INTERN

Translated SL. (Rome, Italy)
  • Work in the engineering team responsible for replacing the old core with the open source Okapi framework, which included coordination and collaboration with the Okapi's team in San Francisco. Main technologies: PHP, C#, Java, Tomcat, MySQL, Apache, and Linux.
  • Improvement of the SRX rules quality from 49.24% to +95% by studying segmentation theory, reverse engineering the competitors approach, and implementing advanced regular expressions.
  • Integrate PDF conversion, detecting scanned documents and applying OCR scan when needed.
  • Develop a REST API to convert les into XLIFF which would replace Okapi Longhorn, which gave us more exibility and reduced bugs. Source.
Sept '12 to
Jun '14

JUNIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Aemol Consulting Spain SL. (Oviedo, Spain)
  • Develop and maintain internal and commercial websites using HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL.
  • Develop Java applications for tasks automatization and communication among departments.
Jan '12 to
Oct '16

LEAD SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Infinite Creative (Oviedo, Spain)
  • Develop the website and online store from the scratch, including a product con gurator to personalize the color combinations.
  • Develop and maintain a tailored intranet integrating all the data and internal tools, which supported all the accounting, stock management, shipments, promotions, analysis and communication with the providers. Thanks to its constant optimization, the operational work ow remained simple enough to expand nationally with 60+ sellers without hiring more managers.
  • Main technologies: LAMP stack, HTML, CSS & Javascript.

Entrepreneur Experience

Feb '16 to
present

CEO

The Medizine (Remotely)
  • Coordinate and manage the team (10+ people) of The Medizine, including recruitment.
  • Establish, build and maintain cooperative relationships with brands, stores, labels, promoters and artists, such us Universal Music Group or Puma.
  • Plan, design and execute a strategic shift for The Medizine. As a result: +200% monthly visits, +300% Facebook likes and +400% Instagram followers within the first two-quarters.
  • Study and implement new revenue models so that the monthly budget could be increased by 500%.
Jan '12 to
Oct '16

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Infinite Creative (Oviedo, Spain)
  • Create and found the clothing brand In nite Creative® at the age of 17.
  • Build and manage an administration team of 4 people and 60+ sellers.
  • Build strong relationships with quality providers to produce more than 18 types of products.
  • Plan and execute several fashion seasons, along with its corresponding marketing and advertisement campaigns, that allowed us to sell more than 6,000 products to almost 2,000 clients.
  • Organize, promote and/or sponsor more than 40 of cial events nationwide.

Download the resume

The complete resume including the programming languages and technologies I feel comfortable with, as well as some of my skills, is available to download in PDF format:

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Communication -the human connection- is the key to personal and career success. Paul J. Meyer

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I love to work with creative and passionate people and I am always looking for new challenges. Whether you have any question, project, or you just want to find out more, don't hesitate in contacting me!

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