Oh, America! In terms investment in commercial software products, I had never seen such an abundance. At Bunge, all the absurdly expensive enterprise tools that I dreamed of working with were there. Their SOA suite included only top-ranked solutions from Gartner magic-quadrant leaders like IBM Websphere, TIBCO, Oracle, HP, CA, etc, and I did it all. Working under the microscope of a Chief Architect whose standards were extremely high, I was initially responsible for the architecture and implementation of Java services, but soon enough saw my responsibilities expanded and accumulated additional roles of Lead Integration Architect, Infrastructure Manager and Lead Performance Management Engineer. My projects spanned from mark-to-market and market position systems to productivity frameworks for TIBCO BusinessWorks including writing custom TIBCO adapters from scratch (e.g. to connect with Logical Information Machines).
Ever since I was very young, entrepreneurship inspired me. As a teenager, I’d wake up early on Saturdays to watch a television show where successful small business cases were showcased. Among the reasons for my choosing to study computer science, the prospects of crafting endless innovative digital products topped all. I have always been very happy with that choice, but in 2009 I still felt that I needed to understand more about the theory of business administration, so I decided to go to business school. I was in for the knowledge, wanted a part-time program, so I could continue working, and highly preferred to avoid any kind of student loans. My preferences led me to Baruch, where the accelerated part-time MBA program has an excellent reputation, specially their entrepreneurship and finance majors, which were the two that I graduated with.