Alex Loukissas


I’m a software architect, specializing in scalable web and mobile applications. I have spent the last 10+ years in technology startups, both as an early engineer and as a technical co-founder.

Currently, I’m a Senior Staff Engineer at Fanatics Live, building a best-in-class live shopping experience for sports collectors and fans.

Previously, I was Staff Engineer at Whatnot (3rd engineering hire), where I designed and implemented the infrastructure that supports real-time auctions. Earelir, I was the Founding Engineer at [untitled] (1st engineering hire), where I designed and built a multi-platform collaboration product for music creation. I also dipped my toes in web3 and blockchain, as the Lead Engineer (2nd engineering hire) at Adim, an a16z crypto portco that enables creators of all kinds to create and own a new generation of IP.

My first foray into startups was joining Maginatics (acquired by Dell/EMC) as one of the first engineers building an enterprise cloud file system.

In between, I co-founded a couple fintech startups in wealth management and college savings. I started my career out of grad school at Cisco Research, working on cloud computing and storage, connected vehicles, software-defined networks, and smart grid.

I moved from Greece to California in 2006 to attend the Master’s program in Computer Science at UC San Diego. During my time there, I co-authored a research paper on data center network architectures, which was recognized in 2018 with the prestigious SIGCOMM Test of Time Award. Our paper also laid the foundation for Google’s next-generation networking infrastructure.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling being a new dad, running, driving in the Los Angeles canyons, and working on various side projects. I’m also passionate about Krav Maga, which I’ve practiced since 2014.