BlastPoint has reached an exciting growth stage, so we are thrilled to be expanding our development team. Please help us welcome the intrepid, thoughtful and meticulous David Francis, Principal Software Engineer, to the BlastPoint family!
When David Francis does something, he does it with absolute, unambiguous gusto. Like that time he took himself, his kayak, a sack of potatoes, and some beef jerky into the wilderness for a week with the express purpose of getting himself lost.
“I set a bread crumb in my GPS unit–because I’m a big GPS fan,” the financial analyst-turned-software-engineer explains, “got in a body of water and was gone for six days. I deliberately lost myself, and it was cathartic.”
Luckily, the intrepid explorer managed to paddle his way back to civilization–upstream, for three solid days–successfully in that unidentified river, so that he could soon join the BlastPoint team as its newest Principal Software Engineer.
On the way here, David seems to have set figurative ‘bread crumbs’ into a hypothetical GPS; not to lose himself entirely but, rather, to venture into the kind of experiential learning that less curious people might never dare pursue, and to bring back more expertise and perspective than those less adventurous might never dream of developing.
As a native of the U.K., David grew up exploring the western countryside of England, hiking the Pennines, playing cricket and squash. Ultimately, he landed here in Western Pennsylvania, where, throughout the Covid pandemic, he’s made a regular habit out of hiking a 10-mile circuit at Raccoon Creek State Park.
With an undergraduate degree in finance and statistics, and Master’s work in computing from the University of London, David has continued to take courses in subjects that interest him purely to satisfy his thirst for knowledge.
Prior to becoming a software engineer, he worked in the financial industry as a quantitative analyst and trader of foreign exchange and derivatives. It was there that David built a unique skill set in translating statistical analyses and trading strategies into code for his company’s trading teams. During that time, he developed an interest in how enterprise software gets built.
Throughout and ever since, David has focused his work on solving problems with intention and curiosity, allowing himself to get lost in tangles of possibilities, to ensure that no question gets left unanswered. This trait translates well into helping our company build BlastPoint V2, a new-and-improved version of our interactive, predictive analytics platform.
As BlastPoint CEO Alison Alvarez explains, “Scalability is the most important thing we can build into our software from the beginning. We needed someone with the skills to take the development team and our products to the next level, and David fills in critical gaps. He’s meticulous, has expertise in building performant systems, and has a deep curiosity about new technologies.”
David shares why making the leap to BlastPoint was a great choice for him, too: “It’s the usefulness of the BlastPoint software that is so attractive, as well as being able to contribute to its development at a very embryonic stage that drove me to take this position. As almost everyone who works in software knows, you don’t always have the opportunity, ability or rank that is necessary to contribute to the fundamental architecture of a product. Being able to do that here is very alluring. My concern, as I build this architecture, is focusing on its responsiveness and stability.”
We are thrilled to have David on board to provide his knowledge and skills. Please join us in welcoming him to the team!