About Me

This is Andrew Montalenti’s personal site for code, essays, and ideas. Andrew is the current Chief Product Officer (and founding CTO) of Parse.ly. He’s a long-time Pythonista, as well as a founder of startups and other projects. He codes primarily in Python, JavaScript, Clojure, and C. Andrew is also an engineering manager who has been leading fully distributed teams for over a decade, spanning across Fortune 500 firms, mid-market companies, and high-tech startups.

The Short Version

As the technical co-founder of Parse.ly, I run a fully distributed engineering, product, and design team that ships a real-time and historical content analytics platform trusted by the web’s best brands and publishers.

You can follow me on Twitter at @amontalenti or connect professionally on LinkedIn. You can also subscribe to my free e-mail newsletter, Fire and Motion, which discusses technology startups and business from the trenches. The archive of past emails is here.

The Long Version

My name is Andrew Montalenti and I want to make your life better. I believe one of the best ways I can personally accomplish that goal is via careful and considered application of technology.

Tech has always been an obsession of mine, but not my only one. I still like to think of myself as a student, of Computer Science and other things. If I had all the time in the world, I’d get several university degrees, probably in History, Economics, Philosophy, Mathematics, and English. Since I don’t have infinite time, I settle for reading about those topics and others in my spare time. In that sense, I take pride in my relative well-roundedness, especially for a bona fide computer geek.

(Note: If you are looking for my contact information or want to find out where I hang out on social networks, go to the “Contact” page.)

You’ll find less about my personal life here. You’ll find a little discussion of political topics, such as the media, economics, and ethics. But, mostly, you’ll find essays that focus on technology, usually related to computer science, open source, software teams, and high-growth tech startups. Some posts will dive deep on programmer topics, centered around Linux, Python, Clojure, JavaScript, and other programmer tools.

Personally, I am inspired by the United States’ founding document, the Declaration of Independence. Here is a reproduction of the preamble and first sections:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government…

It is through this historical document that I justify my own yearning for change as nothing less than the true American spirit.