Mike Lewis ’09 (computer engineering)

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Current positions: Software engineer, Airbnb (airbnb.com)

Career path: After graduation from RIT, Lewis worked as a software engineer at Lutron Electronics, working on the company’s Quantum commercial lighting control system. He moved to New York City in 2010 and joined Oyster, where he helped develop software for a consumer hotel-booking website. He sold his car to start his own company, EventLo.com, and then co-founded Fondu, an online community for sharing restaurant reviews.

“We launched at Techcrunch Disrupt and raised $575,000 in funding. We were night and day on Fondu for about two years.”

Fondu was sold to Airbnb and Lewis moved to San Francisco to work for the company in 2012. “The culture is incredible here: work hard, play hard and world class at what we do. It’s a great place to be working.”

On the Bay Area: “San Francisco is the best city I’ve lived in so far. For technology, the level of talent here is amazing. You can learn a lot very fast.”

Remembering RIT: Lewis says the computer engineering program, with its emphasis on hardware and software, has proven “very useful.”

“One of the things I loved about RIT was that all of my friends were very technical and hands-on. Everybody was always working on something.”

Hometown: Syracuse

Currently resides in: Hayes Valley, San Francisco

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