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Nestor Toro

Programming, Product Management, Business Development

Oakland, California, US

Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Nestor

I have over 17 years of software engineering experience on top of a solid technical background. In addition to an engineering degree from MIT, I have been employed in various capacities by some of the best companies in Silicon Valley, from established corporations to up-and-coming startups. Since 2010, I have primarily focused on entrepreneurship and have been the chief technologist, or principal engineer, on many founding teams where I've helped build and launch several products from scratch. I've launched 4 products in the last 4 years.

I'm not your average technology executive. First and foremost, I'm a hands-on software engineer with considerable experience in all aspects of the product development lifecycle, including, but not limited to, defining functional requirements (e.g. process flows and use cases), overseeing the creative design process (UX/UI), developing front-end UIs and back-end data services / APIs, designing database schemas, managing QA and release processes, and deploying scalable cloud infrastructures.

I'm industry agnostic, but prefer to work on something meaningful (i.e., a product or service that helps people or businesses on a daily basis). I'm looking to partner with a strategic entrepreneur who has extensive domain expertise and knows how to develop a business with a solid business plan, built-in monetization strategy and revenue streams, and a proven product-market fit. Previous entrepreneurship experience is preferred, but not necessarily required. I tend to favor B2B / SaaS products and services over consumer ones, but I'm open minded.

It's best that you are like-minded, and of similar ilk, if we are to get along. I have a Type-A personality and an intense work ethic (i.e., workaholic). I have a deep passion for my craft and the products I build. I can be very opinionated about certain things; yet, I'm always willing to collaborate, think outside the box, and compromise (especially when it's in the best interest of the company, product, or its users). On the flip-side, I'm also very humble and respectful. I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong and always learn from my mistakes.

If we're to be co-founders, it's important to me that you respect the fact that I'm also a family man (married with 2 young boys). Responsibilities and commitments to my family have never gotten in the way of achieving my entrepreneurial goals. In fact, my family drives my passion and devotion to make every venture I'm involved with a success.

Last, but not least, I love to build products from the ground up. If you already have a prototype/MVP developed and are unwilling to rebuild it from scratch using the latest/greatest technology stack, then we're not likely a good fit.

Quote

If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. - Reid Hoffman

Headline

Entrepreneur, CTO, and Software Architect

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Computer Science and Engineering

2001 - 2001

Co-working Space

Galvanize

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