Head of Technology, London at Fathom

Hey there, I’m Pete.

I was born in sunny Portugal and studied at the University of Aveiro, where I got my Licentiate’s degree in Information and Communication Technologies.

My career started in January 2009 before graduating when I got an internship as a Front-end Developer at SAPO Labs, the research division of SAPO (Portugal Telecom). I helped build SAPO Campus, which provided a set of social platforms like Photos, Videos and Blogs specifically tailored for universities. I relocated to Lisbon to join SAPO full-time and in the couple of years that followed I worked on both their Blogs and News platforms, which were in the top 10 most visited portuguese websites.

I moved to London at the end October 2011 and became Pachube’s first Front-end Developer, right after the company got acquired by LogMeIn Inc. I led the front-end development in the rebrand as Cosm in 2012. A year later, the company decided to rebrand once again as Xively by LogMeIn but this time I was put in charge of the Design & Front-end team as Creative Director and Lead Front-end Developer. After a successful redesign, the product got important customers and partnerships, won industry awards and got featured in well-regarded international publications.

Read the Xively Case Study

In September 2013, I joined Umbrellium to build innovative digital products, with a team that included former Pachube colleagues. One of the products we created was Thingful, the world’s first Internet of Things search engine. I designed the identity, user experience and interface, and developed the front-end of the application for which we have a US Patent Pending. It got featured in HBR, Wired, New Scientist, GigaOM, among others. At the same time, I developed the mobile application and server-side logic that powered the Mini-Burble in Paris, an interactive light installation commissioned by Samsung.

Read the Thingful Case Study

In mid 2015, I decide to start a consultancy service to collaborate with more companies than before. From making sure tight deadlines are met, to cooperating with teams on more complex deep-dives, I’ve helped well-known clients such as Barclays and Seymourpowell ship world-class digital products and experiences.

One of the contracts was with Fathom, and it turned out to be my last. I initially joined as a consultant to help build complex data-heavy web apps for their clients (who range from tech start-ups to Tier 1 investment banks). Initially, my focus was on custom data visualisations, and these were usually the centre-piece of the design and a crucial function of the apps. Along the way I was given more and more responsibility and eventually joined the team. As of January 2018, I became the Head of Technology for the London office — managing a team of 20+ top-tier frontend engineers. I’m constantly in awe by how talented the folks are at Fathom and how, despite growth, it all feels like one big family.

I love digital products and the process of making them.

This passion has driven me to learn and work in different disciplines like branding, UX and UI design, and front-end development. Having an understanding of all that goes into crafting a product allows me to have a holistic approach to solving a problem. It also makes it easy to communicate with the various specialised teams.

Still here? Here are a few facts as a bonus for reading this far:

  • Married my first love Rita, we have a beautiful daughter named June and a lovely cat named Ozzy
  • Toured Europe twice in 2010, playing guitar for a hardcore/metal band called Hills Have Eyes
  • Me and my wife ran a market stall called The Mighty Fork selling vegan hotdogs
  • Skateboarded as a kid and still own a couple of boards
  • Played basketball for 8 years