Stefano Solinas

About Me

Coming from a small town in Sardinia where you can either stare at trees or chase cats, and considering the latter made him fall on a wooden pole and almost die when he was 8. At the age of 18, Stefano Solinas moved to Pisa to check that the leaning tower was still standing up. This is where he met an Indian shaman that gave him the name obsidian (transformed to obsidianart for SEO).

After 10 years in Pisa working as a developer, designer, video editor and trainer, Stefano felt the call of a bigger city and took a plane to London. He's currently a JavaScript developer, spare time designer, and forum fairy when in a good mood. Google him for more...
(This CV has a 3 page hard limit, check Linkedin if you want more history)

Software Skills

Stefano Solinas: Comptia CTT+
Stefano Solinas: Adobe Certified Expert Photoshop CS4
Stefano Solinas: Professional Scrum Master I
Stefano Solinas: ECDL Core Examiner


  • React/JSX/etc Superior knowledge
  • JS / ES6 Superior knowledge
  • React native High knowledge
  • Node.js / Express High knowledge
  • MongoDB Superior knowledge
  • GraphQl Medium knowledge
  • TDD/BDD Medium knowledge
  • Angular.js Medium knowledge
  • Postgres/MySQL Medium knowledge


  • HTML5 Superior knowledge
  • SASS / CSS3High knowledge
  • Agile Superior knowledge
  • jQuery High knowledge
  • NLP Superior knowledge
  • i18n, l10n High knowledge
  • Webmaster Tools Medium to Superior knowledge
  • Google Analytics Medium knowledge
  • WordPress Medium knowledge


  • Photoshop Superior knowledge
  • Flash AS2/AS3 Superior knowledge
  • Sketch Superior knowledge
  • Illustrator High knowledge
  • Dreamweaver High knowledge
  • Premiere High knowledge
  • After Effect Medium knowledge
  • Acrobat Medium knowledge
  • Indesign Medium knowledge
  • Superior Superior knowledge
  • High High knowledge
  • Medium Medium knowledge


Studies & Certs

NLP Practitioner

Neuro-Linguistic Programming: "A model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences underlying them. - Richard Bandler

Computer Science Engineering

University of Pisa
14 out of 16 Exams made

Professional Scrum Master

Even if I personally prefer Kanban :)


Internet History, Technology, and Security

Comptia CT++

This certification is accepted by Microsoft, Adobe and many other as a proof of the ability to teach technical subject


Finance (remote)

May 2019 - present

Senior Frontend

Building a financial app in React, used already by millions of people

Experian (London - Covent Garden)
Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

Senior Frontend

Working on a greenfield project for a new product. I can't write much more for now.

Tokencard (London - Covent Garden)
Apr 2018 - Jun 2018

Senior JS

Hired to implement graphQL on both the server and React Native and bring a static app to life. My main job was to interface the graphQL resolvers with all the other REST services and to interface the app with the new data format. The job also required a good understanding of the Ethereum blockchain.

Beamly, part of Coty (London - Covent Garden)
Jan 2017 - Apr 2018

Team leader and Senior JS dev

Hired as part of the Beamly restructuring process after Coty acquisition, I lead the first "delivery team" in the company. My main focus is to ensure that the websites they agreed to deliver are high quality, automated tested and delivered in time while taking care that everyone in the team is happy and works at their best.

Yoti (London - Trafalgar Square)
Aug 2015 - current

Fullstack developer / Angular / React / Express / SASS

As JS team, we manage all the projects with an interface around the Yoti platform: main website and blog, users and customers administration website , internal administration and monitor, clients' demos and libraries for external developers. We also write most of the unit and e2e tests, continuos integration scripts, deployment scripts, etc. ES6 Node.js, Mongoose, Passport, MongoDB, PostgreSQL - Angular, React.js - Selenium, Protractor, Mocha, Chai
I also took most of the photos on website and newsletters :)

Bodog (London - Oxford Circus)
Aug 2014 - Aug 2015

Angular.js developer (CoffeeScript)

My key responsibilities were to write and maintain the frontend application. The company works using BDD/TDD (strictly), code reviews and an Agile workflow (SCRUM). The app is developed in CoffeeScript, SASS and HTML5.

LocalWorld (London - High Street Kensington)
Jan 2014 - Aug 2014

Head of User Interface / Angular.js Dev

I joined local world as Head of UI in January. My key responsibilities were to hire a new team and organize the workflow for the London office while developing a new internal publishing platform based on Angular.js. I was also responsible for implementing TDD and an Agile workflow. Local World decided in June to outsource the development, my duty was to facilitate the transition.

Gamesys (London - Piccadilly Circus)
Sept 2012 - Jan 2014

Backbone.js Developer / Frontend developer

Working as a Backbone.js expert for Hotshot Trader (HST). HST is a new game, released in October 2012 for Facebook and mid-2013 on a standalone website. HST allow players to demonstrate their abilities on the Stock market playing tournaments with virtual money. To get a sneak peek of this project check the conference about i18n at the bottom.

FullSignal LTD (London - Silicon Roundabout)
Oct 2011 - Sept 2012

Motorola (Hardware Company)

  • Adv web-app: JS, HTML5, CSS 3, offline storage

Brandsapplied (Advertisment Agency)

  • Main company website: HTML5, CSS 2.1, PHP


  • Flash banners for the new Angry Birds Space: Flash, AS3, Mediamind tracking system

Lebara Mobile (Mobile company)

  • Ringtone generator (14 languages): Flash AS3, CodeIgniter, XHTML4.1

Allianz (Insurance Company)

  • WordPress website for the Investors Blog: HTML5, CSS 3, JS, jQuery

3logic M.K. (Italy - Pisa)


Self-Created & Self-Organized

Memorization Tecniques & NLP

  • Trainer, Course Organizer, Course Manual Creator

Digital Photography

  • Trainer, Course Organizer, Course Materials Creator

The Knowledge Academy - 2016 - 2019

MEAN stack for Java developer (2 times)

  • Course creation & Teaching
  • 2 weeks intensive course

NLP Foundation

  • 2 days intensive NLP foundation course

Tavola della Pace e della Cooperazione (Peace and Cooperation NGO) - 2008-2011

Junior High & High School Media Education

  • Course Co-creation & Teaching

Formatica s.r.l. (Training agency) - 2009-2011

Web Design Courses

  • Course Creation & Teaching:
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash

Web Development Courses

  • Course Creation & Teaching:
  • HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, Dreamweaver


From React to React native

  • The journey of building, publishing and following your own app, taking cryptoviewer as the example app

Evil Design - Brown bag

  • User interfaces design to trick people