Francesc Pla
Dad, husband, geek, music lover, motorbike traveler (or used to be), developer, CTO at Sequra.
Circular member since June 2018
A summary of my experience

I've been working for over 20 years in the different areas involved in planning, design, development and management of software projects. I like simple and practical designs. I use agile methodologies, good practices, design principles and patterns. I love finding the simplest solution for every specific problem. I like to iterate measuring and improving the results.

Random facts of my career:

  • I started working in 1998 on an Internet Service Provider, yes those giving access via dial-up modems, on email and web infrastructure.
  • I did code to "fix" the Y2K problem and to support the transition to the Euro currency.
  • In 2003 I helped building LifeType an open-source blogging platform with support for multiple blogs and users in a single installation. It reached more than a million downloads.
  • I founded two, now defunct, companies. qDevel, in 2004, a development boutique specialized in web apps built on top of the LAMP stack. And VESNE in 2007, a start-up focused on developing technology for vertical social networks on top of Rails stack.
  • In 2007 we've built moterus, the biggest social network in Spain for motorbike riders.
  • I was an Engineering Manager at Jobandtalent. One of the fastest growing companies in Spain backed by Atomico. We've grown the team to ~100 people and scaled the platform to handle 10 million users in just a couple of years.
  • I'm currently the CTO, being responsible for technology, people and culture/processes, at Sequra. A Fintech company offering flexible payments.

My current interests are building backend (Ruby, Elixir) and infrastructure (UNIX based systems). I prefer start-ups over corporate. I enjoy managing projects and people helping them growth in a healthy culture/environment.

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Product designer UX/UI
Product manager
Developer - Ruby
Since April 2017
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