Every month, we feature one of our awesome Fluid team members. This week, meet Fluid’s Lead Developer, Leo!
Leo’s been at Fluid since the beginning, and built the app (on both Android and iPhone) in just ten weeks! We’ve fondly dubbed him the CPO of the company, Chief Pasta Officer, as he’s a proud Italian/American dual citizen whose love of food is infectious.
Leo took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and talk about his Nutella obsession, his love of Italy, and crypto-currency. Check out his fun facts, below!
1. What’s your favorite drink?
During the day, I love coffee. I am a bit picky about it since the coffee in the US has a different flavor pattern than coffee from Italy. I make myself a cappuccino every morning and drink Illy coffee (pretty much exclusively) throughout the day. For the evening, Spritz or a Negroni Sbagliato, which is a Negroni but you substitute the Gin with Prosecco or Champagne similar to a Campari Spritz but a little stronger. Sbagliato means “made wrong” in Italian!
2. Who do you look up to/your biggest influencers?
Michele Ferrero, the late owner of Nutella. He died at 90 and considering Robert Atkins, inventor of the Atkins Diet died at 72, I think there is a hidden message there.
3. What’s a secret talent of yours?
I cook, a lot. I make some of the best Pasta Carbonara you will ever have. Carbonara is from Rome, and my Roman friends ask me to make it for them all the time – you can’t get a bigger compliment than that. I also used to be one of Italy’s fastest speed skaters as a kid, and got third at the nationals. We aren’t talking about ice skating here – asphalt and before rollerblades were invented essentially, speed rollerskating.
4. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Northern Italy – a little north of Milan, close to Lake Como. It’s honesty one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I have had the chance to travel quite a bit. Italy has so much variety in such a small area: beautiful mountains, amazing seaside, tons of art and culture, and it’s all packed in so closely. It’s also hyper regional when it comes to food, so every town has their own specialties that they are proud of. Touring and eating in Italy are some of my passions.
5. What do you like to read?
I change my topics of interest every few years, I go through phases. It used to be a lot of philosophy, psychology, neuro-plasticity and nutrition, but now I’ve gotten into nerdier stuff like battery technology, renewables, and of course cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
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Have a great weekend!
– The Fluid Team