Ray Velez

Global CTO

My passion for technology began when I wrote my first basic program on my Atari 800 — I’ve been hooked ever since. I studied computer science and philosophy at Boston University, looking to bring the answered and un-answered together, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to keep this mission alive through my work at Razorfish. The thing that keeps my job exciting is its fresh and ever-changing nature — a feature that I’ve always loved about the climate at Razorfish and the industry as a whole.

As the global chief technology officer for Razorfish, I manage the agency’s capabilities in Web technology strategy, architecture and development, overseeing all of the company’s technologists. A core part of this role involves looking to the community for collaboration, and I’m consistently amazed by technologies like good old message boards and wikis. (In fact, I was lucky enough to help Razorfish build our internal, award-winning Wiki.)

My professional experience has been in the application development lifecycle, from inception to rollout, working with clients ranging from Citibank, to Ford Motor Company, to the National Football League (NFL). Most recently, I was the startup CTO in Razorfish’s role as incubation partner for Bundle, a personal finance start-up. I also enjoy training and creating curriculums, and I recently led the development of the Razorfish Agile Process. I previously worked at Cambridge Technology Partners and Scient, and have been in the industry for close to 20 years.

Anything outdoors is my passion, whether it be biking, skiing or hiking with the family. Over the years I’ve enjoyed mountain bike and ski racing, and rode across Costa Rica in La Ruta de Los Conquistadores. I also find the DIY culture very inspiring — I’m looking forward to hacking some Arduino with my son someday soon.