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Summary of my professional life.

My name is Gabriel Esquivel, everyone calls me “Gabo”. I’m a proponent of decentralized applications, open-source technology stacks, devops culture, lightweight agile methodologies and modern web technologies.

Things I do:

  • Fullstack hands-on programming.
  • Infrastructure, DevOps and reliability engineering.
  • Leading and coaching development teams.
  • Technical insight in support of strategic decision making.
  • Overseeing technical execution from prototype to production.

In 2007 I started my software engineering studies at CenfoTec University in San José where I discovered my passion software product development and the potential of the web platform.

In 2009 I got my first job as web developer building WordPress sites and about a year later I was hired as UI Engineer for

In 2010 I started Costa Rica JS, a meetup group in San José for people interested in JavaScript. At the time Node.js was starting the get traction and SPA frameworks where blooming. Today the Costa Rican JS community is the largest meetup in Central America with more than 2000 members.

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In 2011 I started to work independently as a freelance developer and during the years I have had opportunity to collaborate on many different projects and played several engineering roles.

In 2017, I joined the neo-bank startup Wink as architect and led the formation of a world-class team and the development of the first version of the app.

During my time working at the bank I was doing a lot research on financial technologies and I discovered blockchain, I’ve heard about it before but hadn’t realized the huge potential and speed of developement. And I started to go down the rabbit hole.

Also in 2017 we began working on BlockchainCR, a community hub for studying and promoting blockchain technology and decentralized applications in Costa Rica and I joined the a Knowledge team to develop the token and applications for their ICO.

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In 2018 I got involved in the EOS mainnet launch with EOS Costa Rica, and later worked for several dapps including Emanate, Sense Chat and Bitcash.


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