M.R. Asks 3 Questions: Brian Pontarelli, CEO of FusionAuth | Sandhill

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2021-09-24 18:30:05

Before Brian bootstrapped both FusionAuth and its sister company CleanSpeak, he studied computer engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating, he solved complex technology challenges for companies like Orbitz, BEA, US Freightways, XOR and Texturemedia.

From there, it’s his coding strategies, work with fortune 500 organizations and secure CIAMs, that Brian Pontarelli established his ability to solve login, registration, and user management challenges for companies and helping the grow from a handful of users – to millions. 

Brian Pontarelli: I’m a software developer myself, so I’ve focused my work and my entrepreneurial efforts around things that make life easier for developers. As the world has shifted to putting more technology in our hands, developers have had a more important role in terms of how we live our lives – whether we, as consumers, think about it or not. They are building the tools we use to bank, to communicate and to travel. It’s been a passion of mine to help them do their jobs more efficiently so they can continue to build innovative tools for us.

After heading up multiple engineering teams at a number of tech companies like BEA Systems and Orbitz Worldwide, I shifted gears and founded my own company, Inversoft, which was created in 2005. At Inversoft, we started building a basic profanity filter for Java applications, which we grew into CleanSpeak – a robust platform for filtering and moderating user-generated content. 

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