I'm a passionate and curious human being and I enjoy building for the web. I can talk about business, marketing, analytics, and design, as much as I can talk about programming and technology. Turning design specifications into meaningful and easy-to-use user interfaces and experiences is my craft. And I work on perfecting it every day.
I also value kindness, transparency, long-term approaches, as well as deep, meaningful, and uninterrupted work. I believe 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week is more than enough to get great work done. In this sense, I enjoy finding the flow and focusing on one task at a time, but I also know how to be flexible and when to prioritize and make the switch on any given moment. I'm a self-starter who always tries to leave things better than I found them.
I strive to learn and grow every day, and apply these learnings to my personal as well as professional life. Life is a marathon and I try living every moment to its fullest, while making wise long-term decisions and learning from as many people as possible, and experimenting with something new in a weekly/monthly basis.
Outside of work
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running marathons, playing fútbol, exploring new countries and cultures, journaling through writings and photographies, learning new technologies and languages (I'm native in Spanish, fluent in English and Cantonese), and reading a wide array of books, from biographical and philosophical to scientifical and technological books.
What people say about me
These words are from people I had the great pleasure of working with and learning from. I pulled these out from my LinkedIn profile 😊
"Richard is a super talented Software Engineer and dedicated, passionate teammate. Richard started with in Web Development and quickly moved onto our Frontend Engineering team working in React. He's someone you can rely on to get things done at a quality level - he takes great pride in his work."
Chief Executive Officer
"Richard came to Ascendify as a Web Developer but worked his way up to being a full member of our Frontend Engineering team. You won't find anyone with more drive or passion in his work."
Vice President, Engineering
"His attention to detail and great communication skills helped the team move through any project with ease. I was particularly impressed with the quality of work Richard delivers. His ability to learn fast helped him move to our team and become a Frontend Engineer."
Team Lead, Software Engineer
"The two words that best describe Richard's work are "Pixel Perfect". He takes great pride in producing beautiful websites per specifications. Richard is extremely organized, and sets realistic expectations for delivery time-frames. He is a team player, and works hard for the greater good of the team, the company, and most importantly, the clients. He is so easy-going and flexible, and juggles competing and pivoting priorities with grace."
"In a couple short months, Richard quickly became the primary Web Developer my team relied on to design, build and support the career websites of our Fortune 500 clients. Not only is he an excellent Web Developer and Frontend Engineer, he is exceptional with documentation and code cleanup. The foundational elements (documentation, best practices, code templates) he created have left a lasting impact on our team. He was such a pleasure to work with, can-do attitude, always craving more to learn and studying in spare time. I’m envious of the future engineering teams who will have the pleasure of working with Richard!"
Vice President, Professional Services
"Richard is a talented Web Developer and Frontend Engineer. I've had the privilege to see him grow into his role in front-end development. Richard is highly motivated to get the job done with precision and attention to detail. His warm and friendly attitude makes him a great team-player. Given a task, he can run with it and amaze you with the quality of his workmanship. He consistently adds value to the team and elevates our collaborative atmosphere with his passion to excel. Richard carries himself with humility as he demonstrates his multiple talents in everything he does, whether at work or outside the office."
"Richard is not only an exceptionally talented Web Developer / Frontend Engineer, he is an amazing colleague to work with. Richard is smart, creative, organized, and reliable - never missing a deadline. Richard creates beautiful websites, with exceptional built-in functionality, and is always willing to offer recommendations or find ways to improve the user experience."
Senior Project Manager
"Richard gets work done! If you are looking for a Web Developer who will give you all he has got, then Richard is your man. He is not afraid of a challenge, works well with others, and learns on his own. Richard made us all look good. Get him if you can and you will be glad you did."
Chief Executive Officer
"Richard was a phenomenal Web Developer for me and my marketing team. Smart, creative, responsive and super-fast at getting things done, while deliberative & careful to make sure things looked great & worked perfectly. Very often he'd come up with better ideas for us than whatever we'd submitted in our tickets to him, and we'd happily end up doing it his recommended way. Richard has a terrific eye for detail and is a big advocate for a first-rate online customer experience."
Vice President, Marketing
"He put his whole heart into his projects from the get-go trying to surpass everyone's expectations and trying to do more. Richard's can do attitude and fantastic work ethic quickly made him become an invaluable asset to the company. He never stopped learning, was always highly dedicated to meet his weekly goals. Richard is a great person to be around who also jumped into the company culture quickly and became an active participant in everything we did at the company."
"Richard is awesome to work with! Not only is he a really good developer with a great eye for design, but he is also incredibly dedicated to constantly learning and improving his skills. His passion is contagious and spreads to everyone around him."
Frontend Web Developer
"Richard is a hard-working, go-getter who's a pleasure to work with. In this day and age, it's hard to find younger employees willing to be devoted to projects big and small. Richard is humble and eager to learn. I always admired how dedicated he was to getting his work done, even if it meant being one of the first ones to arrive at the office. It was truly a pleasure to get to work with him."