Luca Tironi

Curriculum Vitae


As a Manager I strive to structure processes to help people to excel in creating and innovating. I have scaled engineering teams and supported the company to acquire and retain the best talents. I organized teams to be Agile, independent and autonomous.

As a Technical Leader I believe in the power of collaboration and problem solving. I have built both simple and complex systems from the ground up. I also led refactoring of legacy systems and structured methodologies to maintain and expand complex architectures.

As an Engineer I write tested, readable and efficient code. I can work from the frontend layer (CSS, HTML, JS) to the depths of the backend (Ruby, Go, Microservices, API) and I have experience in DevOps as well (Docker, Cloud, Scaling, CI/CD).

As an Entrepreneur I want to use my technical perspective together with my business experience to create new and compelling products.

Work Experience

September 2021 (1 year), Berlin, Germany

Engineering Manager at Ableton AG

January 2018 - July 2021 (3 years, 6 months), Berlin, Germany

Engineering Manager at Native Instruments GmbH

I was responsible for 20/30 engineers in the several teams behind products like Reaktor, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Massive and Massive X, FM8, Absynth and all the effects plugin such as Replika, Raum, Crush Pack and Mod Pack.

As an Engineering Manager, I took care of people as a servant leader. I supported their professional development and empowered the teams by guiding, coaching and encouraging natural leadership. I also acted as a representative of Engineering with other departments, when it comes to strategy, planning and solving impediments.

I was also the hiring manager and I was responsible to retain the top talents. I identified gaps and fostered synergies, facilitating inclusion, collaboration, communication and decision making within and between the teams.
May 2016 - December 2017 (1 year, 8 months), Berlin, Germany

Head of Engineering at DaWanda GmbH

I managed 35+ engineers and structured them in product teams as fullstack units, in order to maintain and grow the DaWanda Marketplace Platform. I recruited new engineers to scale the Engineering Team. I developed a process together with the Engineering Leads to create a Technical Vision and grow a healthy Engineering Culture.

I represented the engineering perspective across the company and contributed to strategic decisions according to the Technical Vision. I established a process to foster personal and professional development of engineers through timely and open feedback. I improved the Agile product management methodologies and introduced the OKRs to the Product Engineering Department.
November 2014 - April 2016 (1 year, 6 months), Berlin, Germany

Team Lead Software Development at DaWanda GmbH

I led the "Buyers" cross-functional team in expanding and improving the DaWanda Marketplace Platform. I contributed to the design and developed the first iterations of the DaWanda Mobile Apps.

As the Engineering Hiring Manager I improved the recruiting process and scaled the team consistently. I developed the foundation of the Backend API that powered the mobile apps and the frontend.
June 2013 - October 2015 (2 years, 4 months), Milano, Italy

CTO & Co-Founder of UALA Srl

I co-founded and bootstrapped a new company in Milan called UALA: a marketplace for hundreds of hairstylists, beauty salons, SPAs and aesthetic centers all across Italy.

I developed the first iteration of the web marketplace, the administrative backoffice and the API for the tablet and mobile apps. I formed and trained the development team and built the infrastructure for the continuous delivery of the platform.
August 2013 - October 2014 (1 year, 2 months), Berlin, Germany

Frontend Developer at DaWanda GmbH

I joined as a frontend/fullstack developer in an international and diverse Product Development team. Together we are building and maintaining the biggest german marketplace dedicated to handmade and unique products.

I helped the Product Development team to maintain and improve our multi-service platform, coding mainly in Ruby (on Rails), Javascript and other cutting-edge web technologies.
May 2011 - July 2013 (2 years 3 months), Milano, Italy

Senior Developer, Product Designer at fractalgarden S.r.l.

Business Analysis and Development of new products. UX and Frontend Development with Ruby on Rails.

I curated the development of a IoT Photovoltaic Monitoring Platform dedicated to O&M companies and Solar Investments Funds. I was also responsible of the UX and interface design. I developed the iOS companion Mobile App for the platform and managed several refactorings of the platform's architecture and interface.

I developed and contributed to several other projects like custom E-Commerce Platforms and ERP Systems.
January 2010 - July 2010 (7 months), Milano, Italy

Expert Fellow at Università Bocconi

I collaborated in the design of the course "Managing in the 2.0 Landscape", part of the EMIT english course at Bocconi University (MSc, first year). I taught about topics such as social media tools' impacts in the work environment, web entrepreneurship and web application design and development.

I tutored 15 groups of students in their group-works: the development of a Business Plan in the Web 2.0 and Social Media environment.
September 2007 - March 2011 (3 years, 6 months), Milano, Italy

Web Developer, Project Leader at SDA Bocconi School of Management

I designed and developed several business games and simulations, used in MBAs, masters and executives courses and other tools to support learning and teaching in education programs.

I researched the Web 2.0 phenomenon, designed and delivered lectures to students with in depth analysis of the growing importance of new media and their social, economic and technological impacts.
January 2006 - December 2007 (2 years), Bergamo, Italy

Self Employed Freelance Web Developer

I designed and developed several websites and applications for italian companies and institutions, such as the Ministry of Public Education.

Personal Projects

Tutorials and open source projects

A site dedicated to the sharing of some of the knowledge and code that I accumulated during my coding experience.
Mobile Development

My Pretty Milano - iPhone/Android App

In 2011 I developed and launched an iPhone/Android app called "My Pretty Milano. The app featured cool venues and events in my city (Milano) with reviews and advices, collected by a small team of fashion victims and illustrated by a designer.
The apps have been downloaded more than 6600 times and had 3000+ active users to date.


2002 - 2006

BSc, Digital Communication (Computer Science) at Università degli Studi di Milano

Thesis: Realtime Terrain Rendering: optimization methods and techniques
The course of study was focused on general and graphic programming, game development, AI and communication through digital media.
1997 - 2002

High School at Liceo Classico Statale Paolo Sarpi - Bergamo

Humanities, Art, Latin & Greek.