Fred Oliveira

Hi! My name is Fred. I am the Chief Technology Officer at Union. I've been building products for the web and mobile devices for over 16 years, for companies large and small. I'm on Twitter as @f. You can email me at

Key highlights

  • Over 16 years of experience building consumer-facing products
  • Proficient in Ruby, Javascript, Swift, HTML+CSS, DevOps
  • Co-author of the Redis Cookbook for O'Reilly Media
  • Built the first public web application running on Amazon Web Services
  • First employee at Techcrunch

Work experience

  • Union - January 2018 - Present

    Chief Technology Officer at We are building a platform to connect and help startup programs around the world. Union is used by key industry players like 500 Startups and Capital Factory, and runs programs for brands like Comcast, Accenture and Beyer.

  • Apr 2015 - January 2018

    Lead engineer at 1776 is an incubator and seed fund out of Washington, DC, helping startups in industries such as education, energy, transportation and smart cities.

  • Disruption Corporation - Feb 2013 - Apr 2015

    Head of product and engineering at Disruption Corporation. Disruption Corp was a seed fund out of Crystal City, Washington DC. Key responsibilities at Disruption included building and managing Hubble (a startup metric tracking platform), Dashboard (a community tool used at accelerator programs such as 500 Startups and Seedcamp) as well as leading the engineering team. Disruption was acquired in April 2015 by 1776, an incubator and seed fund also in the DC metro area.

  • Webreakstuff - Aug 2005 - Feb 2013

    Founder and partner at Webreakstuff. WBS was a product and consulting company, working on its own products, as well as building products for others. Our clients included companies such as MTV and the Viacom Group, Bell Canada, PT and Microsoft, as well as a number of startups for which we helped bring ideas to market.

  • Techcrunch - May 2005 - Mar 2007

    Designer, developer and writer at Techcrunch. As the first employee at Techcrunch, I helped build the TC vision to fruition, one of my main accomplishments being bringing the readership numbers to over 1.000.000 daily readers and RSS subscribers. Designed the data model and vision for what would become Crunchbase.

Published works

  • Redis Cookbook - 2011, O'Reilly Media
    Two years since its initial release, Redis already has an impressive list of adopters, including Engine Yard, GitHub, Craigslist and Digg. This open source data structure server is built for speed and flexibility, making it ideal for many applications. If you're using Redis or considering it, this concise cookbook provides recipes for a variety of issues you're likely to face.
  • Smashing Book - 2009, Smashing Magazine
    Design work for Goplan, a project management application built with Ruby on Rails at Webreakstuff featured in the first book by Smashing Magazine - Smashing Book #1 -, as an example of great design. Particular highlighted features included the sign-up and login flows. Goplan has been around since 2006, and has been featured in magazines like Wired and .net.
  • .Net Magazine - 2007, Future Publishing
    Article on the Expert Opinion section of .Net Magazine about the potential and some of the most interesting uses for APIs, included in .Net's special issue on the inner workings of Google, and Web 2.0.

Speaking engagements

  • 2018 Techfestival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 2017 Lisbon Challenge 2017 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2016 Lisbon Challenge 2016 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2016 Protechting 2016 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2015 Lisbon Challenge 2015 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2012 Seedcamp Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2012 Portugal Telecom Innovation Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2011 Startup Pirates (Koln, Germany)
  • 2011 Startup Pirates (Porto, Portugal)
  • 2010 Pensar Fora da Caixa (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2010 Codebits 2010 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2010 Switch Conference (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2010 TEDxYouth@Porto (Porto, Portugal)
  • 2009 Arrisca Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2009 Barcamp Spring (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2009 Filling the Void (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2008 Shift Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2008 Reboot 10 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 2008 Web 2.0 Expo (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2007 Reboot 9 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 2007 Tecnonov 2007 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2007 Web 2.0 Expo (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2007 Microsoft Search Champs (Seattle, US)
  • 2007 Barcamp Portugal (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2007 Codebits (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2006 Shift Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2006 Barcamp Portugal (Coimbra, Portugal)

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