Andrei Pitis is an active angel investor and mentor to many startups, president of ANIS and associate professor at PUB. Former tech executive with 22 years of experience in tech at all levels, from open source Linux kernel programming to startup co-founder to senior director of engineering and country manager.
He is one of the first official GNU/Linux contributors in Romania (1993, www.gnu.org/software/gnuit/) and co-founder of RoEduNet (1996, www.roedu.net), the largest network of that time, built by a team of enthusiasts to offer free Internet to all students. Moreover, while at RoEduNet, he was instrumental in convincing Cisco officials to bring the well-known Cisco Networking Academy program in Romania in advance of any other country in SE Europe, establishing RoEduNet as the first CATC in the area, around 1999 a.d.
Having taken an active role between 1995-2000 in what was later known as “the .com bubble” being a contractor for US clients, and having developed many US based websites during that time frame, he has a keen eye for the details that may make or break an online business. Having established and managed a software development operation of a US online business in Romania during 2000-2004, he also knows what it takes to survive with an online business through a crisis that was later to be known as “the .com crash”.
He has a passion for teaching, and takes pride in teaching the Operating Systems class at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, the Computer Science Faculty