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Dem Pilafian

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Builder of REST-driven JavaScript applications.

Builder of REST-driven JavaScript applications.

3 vouches

Involved In


Tin Can Works
Inveska Corp


Borland Software

Side Projects

Dragon's Grill
Snap Backup


Co-founder / CTO Tin Can Works May 2015 - present
Founding Engineer / Software Developer Bluenose Analytics July 2013 - March 2015
Founding Engineer / Software Architect May 2012 - July 2013
Co-founder / Product Architect Inveska Corp May 2011 - May 2012
Product Manager / Solution Architect Atypon August 2009 - January 2012
Product Manager Structural December 2008 - May 2009
Sr. Product Manager / Contract Product Manager Model N December 2007 - December 2008
Product Manager Terracotta March 2006 - January 2007
Product Manager Determine October 2003 - May 2005
Mentor TogetherSoft January 2002 - October 2003
Mentor Borland Software January 2002 - October 2003
Strategic Technical Manager Hipbone March 2001 - October 2001
Product Manager Calico Commerce March 1999 - January 2001
Systems Engineer / Marketing Engineer Pure Software May 1996 - March 1998
Systems Engineer / Marketing Engineer Rational Software May 1996 - March 1998


Founder Institute Entrepreneurship 2011 - 2011
Arizona State University Computer Science
University of Colorado Software Engineering

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Green
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

JavaScript • AWS • Product management • Grails • REST

Key Accomplishments

Founder Institute graduate
Founding Engineer at two
 VC funded startups
B.S. in Computer Science
Masters in 
Software Engineering
10 years experience in sales 
and product management

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Coding principles:
Be nimble — requirements always change.
Clean, simple code enables iterative changes.
Be light on the server-side and focus on REST-driven JS.
Develop in the cloud (GitHub, AWS, Pivotal, etc.).
Emphasize priorities and efficiency over scheduling.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Dem is awesome?
Vouch for them.

William Grosso
CEO, Confidential (In stealth mode) and Advisory Board Member, Various. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Dem is awesome. Smart, experienced, practical, .... All around great guy.
Mike Prosper
We worked together  •  VP of Engineering, CaseNEX. Previously Founder, The Founder Institute. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
I worked with Dem as a student at the Founder Institute - he and his cofounder made it all the way through a crazy, grueling program. He is ... extremely intelligent and great to work with. He has the drive to do something big and just needs to partner with the right people to do it.
Gal Josefsberg
VP. Product Management, Social Chorus. Previously Senior Director, Product Management, Tealeaf, An IBM Company.

Michael Salera
They're my friends  •  • Software Architect, technologist, for web and web-mobile. • Mentor for other Develoeprs • Community builder
Michael is an expert in scalable web applications and especially knowledgeable about AWS and Grails. He organizes meetups and does a great ... job connecting people.

Tiffany Liu
They're my school  •  Senior Director, Practice Enablement Services, HP Enterprise Services.
Tiffany is the ideal startup entrepreneur. She’s super high-energy, and she has great presentation skills, asks tough questions, doesn't ... hold back on feedback, and is a creative brainstormer.