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My name is Javier Cardenete. I:

  • Build software.
  • Grow humans.
  • Scribble essays.
  • Deadlift.
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese and English.

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I live in San Francisco, California πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ and oversee a few engineering teams at ClassPass as a Director of Engineering.

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I was born and raised in Granada, Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ.

As a kid, I built stuff, played basketball and typed. Yes, I spent a lot of time writing random stories in a typing machine.

When I was 13, my dad got his first computer, which got me from machine-typing into computer-coding: Modula-2, Bash, C, Linux Kernel, etc. When the family eventually got an Internet connection, I went all in with Perl, PHP and IRC bots.

At 18, I enrolled in University of Granada to study Computer Science.


While at University of Granada, I got a scholarship to study one year at University of Miami πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. Neither me or my parents had ever travel abroad before, so this was quite the deal.

I had a freaking good year abroad at University of Miami, where I specialized in AI and pool parties.


Getting closer to my graduation, I got a scholarship offer for a PhD in AI in Miami. And I rejected it. Why? I made a bet on building & shipping more than doing research. I moved back to πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ to join a nascent AI startup (IActive) as the 4th software engineer.

IActive built a SaaS for resource planning with AI, specifically leveraging a proprietary Hierarchical Task Network (HTN) planning implementation.

During my 4-year tenure at IActive, we raised $3M+ and grew the team 10x. Β I did my first stint in a tech lead role while there. Unfortunately, the company was eventually shattered by the Global Financial Crisis where the budget for innovation in Spain was cut to 0.


In 2012 I moved to Rio de Janeiro πŸ‡§πŸ‡· to co-found Nativoo as CTO.

Nativoo is an AI-powered travel planner in your pocket. Our vision was to become an intelligent version of Tripadvisor: based on your preferences and usage, Nativoo creates custom itineraries in less than 5 seconds. The product leveraged an evolution of the AI technology that IActive developed.

We raised money from Sbtur, a Brazilian travel group. After a 3-year attempt at a global plan, some countries were not working as good as we expected. We scaled back to just focus on the Brazilian market. Nativoo was eventually absorbed by Sbtur where I stayed for 6 months to guarantee a smooth transition before leaving the company and Brazil.


In 2016 I moved to San Francisco πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ to co-found Vivo Fitness as CTO.

Vivo started as a meditation app based on audio guides, like Calm or Headspace but with a social component. Over time, we pivoted into all of wellness and Vivo became a personal trainer and a nutritionist in your headphones.

We raised $1M from NFX and other angel investors. After 3 years, in 2018 ClassPass acquired Vivo. At the time, ClassPass was investing in the digital fitness space, and Vivo was exactly what they wanted.


For the first 18 months, I ran engineering for ClassPass Go, the evolution of Vivo and the audio offering of ClassPass.

After 18 months, I transitioned into the main ClassPass organization. I have overseen several mission critical orgs like Catalog & Partners, International Expansion, and Internal Operations.

During my time in ClassPass I also got my Green Card, after a couple of O1 visas.