Pietro Rea


Hello 👋, my name is Pietro Rea and I am a software engineer and sometimes engineering manager. Right now I am the Head of Engineering and co-founder of Meadow. Our mission is to empower students financially, and promote economic mobility through higher education.

Over the years I’ve discovered that I am a product engineer, which means I engage with the “why”, build MLPs (minimum lovable products) and pair up well with product, UX and design.

Some of my previous work

Previously, I've held a number of engineering positions across many industries including travel, e-commerce and media. I was part of Capital One's mobile engineering team, where I helped build digital tools for Capital One's credit card customers. Before that, I was a team lead at Upside Business Travel, where I led teams of software engineers to build and maintain Upside's profile and authentication systems, Upside's corporate offering and the iOS and Android apps.

Prior to joining Upside, I spent a couple of years on Sweetpea Mobile, a consultancy I started, where I helped startups like GameChanger and MightyTV with their mobile apps. I operated as an agency for almost two years until I ramped down operations in 2017.

And before that, I was a mobile engineer at Quidsi, a subsidiary of Amazon and the parent company for Diapers.com, Soap.com and several other brands. Back then, we mastered the art of “one-handed shopping”, shipping five-star iOS and Android apps that enabled parents to get all their shopping done with one hand while having an infant in the other. Finally, before Quidsi I worked at the Huffington Post in New York City where I built news and video apps.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University. I decided on my major after reading The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner, although I spent most of my time at Princeton studying Chinese and Computer Science. 你好!

I sometimes write books and articles, mostly about software development on Apple platforms.

Things I've written

Where else to find me

You can find me on Mastodon and LinkedIn. You can also drop me a line at pietro - at - pietrorea.com.

Pietro Rea
Written by Pietro Rea, a software engineer, engineering manager and author from northern Virginia.