Louis R. DeScioli

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Staff Product Growth EngineerSpatial New York, NY
Sep 2022 - Dec 2023
  • Co-lead for researching, identifying and executing product growth strategies and experiments with a primary focus on user retention.
  • Data engineer and analyst. Created the company's data warehouse, and created and maintained many product dashboards, analyses, and models.
  • Led the creation of the Spatial product experiment system, a full-stack, cross-platform feature flag system for running product tests and developing new features.
  • Led a revamp of the Spatial Mobile application, as both product and engineering lead. Doubled the Spatial Mobile MAU in the first week post-launch.
  • Conceived of and led the creation of the Discovery system. Created curation & experimentation tools that powered dynamic, cross-platform recommended content feeds.
  • Led the creation of the push notification system and revamped all new user messaging, using the Customer.io platform.
  • Managed 2 direct reports.
  • Built many features and squashed many, many bugs in the Spatial VR, Mobile and Web applications.
Senior Software EngineerSpatial New York, NY
Jul 2021 - Jul 2022
  • Architect of the React shell of the Spatial Web, Mobile, and VR applications. Designed and implemented a high-performance, cross-platform React application architecture that was ~95% faster than the architecture it replaced. I enabled 40x growth in the Spatial Web application in my first 4 months.
  • Lead engineer for the Spatial Web platform. Designed, led, and implemented the migration of the Spatial Web application from a static "Jamstack" web application to a dynamic full-stack web application, using Next.js.
  • Led the integration of the Webflow-built spatial.io website and app.spatial.io Spatial Web application. Designed a novel method for automatically merging the two sites at build-time to enable continued Webflow use.
  • Architected the Spatial source code monorepo. Using Nx, built the workflows that power engineering for the Spatial web, mobile and VR applications, as well as over a dozen more internal applications and tools.
  • Helped improve overall engineering quality and velocity across the team by starting a design docs process and catalyzing a trunk-based development team workflow.
  • Built many features and squash many, many bugs in the Spatial VR, Mobile and Web applications.
  • Mentored and developed ~10 junior UI engineers and interns.
UX EngineerGoogle Lens New York, NY
Feb 2020 - May 2021
  • Led UX engineering for Google Lens for Web, integrating visual search capabilities across Google's web services.
  • Wrote production UI and back-end C++ for Google Lens integrations into google.com.
Augmented Reality UX EngineerGoogle Daydream New York, NY
Apr 2018 - Jan 2020
  • Designed and engineered the first augmented reality experiences in the YouTube mobile app as part of pilot projects with a major movie studio and mobile gaming brand in the summer of 2018.
  • Led UX engineering for v1 of the AR Beauty Try-on format.
  • Built the production implementation of the UI for the AR Beauty Try-on format.
  • Designed and prototyped application concepts for passthrough and see-through augmented reality HMDs.
  • Led UX engineering for an internal AR authoring tool.
Founder, Designer & DeveloperOut Here Studio Cambridge, MA
Jul 2017 - Present
  • Designed and developed a 5-star iPhone and iPad augmented reality game using ARKit and Unity.
  • Pioneered novel mobile mixed reality environment interaction design.
Senior Designer & UI EngineerSidekicks Cambridge, MA
Oct 2016 - Jun 2017
  • Designed, developed, and shipped a new, vastly improved version of the Sidekicks autism therapy desktop web application, written in JavaScript using React and Firebase.
  • Overhauled the company's user interface design system.
Head of Sales and StrategyGrove Somerville, MA
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Led the sales & marketing team to reach a $600K revenue goal that unlocked an investment tranche of $1.2M.
  • Led fundamental customer discovery and market research.
Lead Software EngineerGrove Somerville, MA
Jan 2014 - Jun 2016
  • Built the software design and engineering teams from the ground up; managed as many as 10 people when the teams were at their largest.
  • Architected and implemented two generations of real-time Internet of Things systems, spanning embedded and server platforms, written in C++ and Node.js, respectively.
  • Developed and shipped a native iOS application written in Swift for v2 of the Grove Ecosystem.
  • Ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, selling 125+ units at over $3.3K each, securing over $410K in revenue.
  • Designed, developed, and shipped a mobile web application written in JavaScript with React for v1 of the Grove Ecosystem.
  • Developed and operated internal dashboards for tracking engagement metrics and communicating with customers.
  • Designed the company's internal leadership and decision making framework.
  • Designed and developed three generations of the company website.
Embedded Systems Engineering InternVecna Cambridge, MA
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Lab Assistant6.00 - Intro to CS and Programming MIT
Sep 2012 - May 2013
Student TeacherMIT China Education Technology Initiative Dalian, Wuhan & Wuxi, China
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Research AssistantMediated Matter Group MIT Media Lab
Oct 2011 - Dec 2011

Volunteer Experience

Lead InstructorAmerica on Tech New York, NY
Sep 2020 - May 2021
MentorPursuit New York, NY
Jul 2020 - May 2021
MentorReality Virtually Hackathon Cambridge, MA
Jan 2019
MentorResilient Coders Boston, MA
Jul 2017 - Jan 2018
MentorNodeSchool Boston Boston, MA
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
DirectorTechnology Chapter Alumni Association Boston, MA
Aug 2014 - Feb 2017
MentorHackMIT Cambridge, MA
Sep 2015, Sep 2016
Co-organizerBoston Urban Agriculture Meetup Boston, MA
Jul 2015 - Jun 2016
Co-organizerBoston Meteor Meetup Boston, MA
Nov 2014 - Sep 2015
PresidentDelta Upsilon Technology Chapter Boston, MA
Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
Vice PresidentMIT Interfraternity Council Cambridge, MA
Nov 2011 - Oct 2012
Research AssistantDept. of Computer Science USAFA
Sep 2010 - May 2011


Transferred to MIT after sophomore year

Studied Computer Engineering

CS-26 and CS-11

Cadet Orchestra - Cello

Blue Bards - Pit Orchestra - Cello

Ultimate Frisbee Club Team

Kingwood High SchoolAug 2005 - May 2009

National Honor Society

Varsity Swimming

Varsity Track & Field - Pole vaulting

Chamber II Orchestra - Cello

Beta Club