Jose is the Technology Product Director for Smarter Balanced. In this role, he is responsible for the SmarterApp suite of open source assessment applications, which includes collecting requirements, initiating contracts for development and enhancement, and overseeing development work, product rollout, and implementation readiness for Consortium members and their service providers.
Jose joined Smarter Balance with a wealth of experience developing new and innovative products. He was founder and CEO of Intoo.xyz – Humanity’s Product Directory while an Entrepreneur In Residence at Technicolor Ventures. Jose started two profitable 3D and VR services companies in the early 90’s while still in college in Portugal, where he’s originally from. After coming to the US and completing a Masters in Architecture at UCLA in 1997, he became an early employee of PATH in 1999 developing a virtual assistant chat product, eLiveAdvisor and was project manager for what became Carsdirect.com (later bought by Internet Brands). Thereafter, in 2000, he became one of the first employees of Strategic Data Corp, one of the first Display Ad servers (sold to FOX Interactive Media) where he was a Senior Developer and Architect. A year later, in 2001, Jose set up Convolution, a design and software consulting company with clients such as UCLA, Tribune, LA Times, and DT Ventures. In 2006 he co-founded KlickSports, a mobile sports gaming company based on a patent (awarded) he co-wrote in 2000. KlickSports raised 1.3M in Angel funding and had numerous deployments at major sporting events and TV with clients such as FOX, DirectTV, KFC, Cincinnati Bell, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Washington Redskins, and a partnership with Google. Subsequently Jose joined LingoSpot (Sold to Piksel) as SVP of Sales and Business development. In 2011 he joined Cornerstone OnDemand as the Manager of Integration Consulting. Jose also taught Architecture Design at Cal Poly Pomona and at SciArc. He has received two Masters and a Ph.D from UCLA.
Jose lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two children and likes to spend his spare time tinkering with motorcycles, playing musical instruments and sports.