My real name is Linde Michael Lantion but everyone knows me as Moonie. I was born in Manila, Philippines but moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 2 years old and have lived here since. I attended Cal State University Northridge where I received a B.S. in Mathematics but it was the time in between classes where I was messing around in our computer labs where I got into this thing called the internet.
I learned how to build my own websites and navigate through the school's linux environment which eventually led me into a career as a front end developer at an online banking start up. My career evolved from front end development to user interface design to information architecture and to product management. It was through all of these disciplines where I learned the hardships of waterfall software development.
In 2009, I was introduced to Agile and Scrum and I haven't looked back to waterfall since.
Aside from being an agilist, I follow the whole paleo diet thing and learned how to cook so that my meals fit within paleo guidelines. I do yoga with occasional kettlebell workouts. I'm also a vinyl hip-hop d.j. when I'm not being a father and husband.
theAudience, VP Platform Development
January 2012 - Present, Los Angeles, CA, US
Took over as acting CTO since May of 2012.
Applied Agile and Scrum to software development and created a robust social media content management system for theAudience.
Disney Interactive, Sr. Product Manager
February 2011 - November 2011, Burbank, CA, US
Worked for the social media management division of Disney Interactive (DigiSynd).
I was in charge of the team that developed business intelligence tools and interactive data dashboard displays. I implemented scrum in the newly formed BI team and the social applications team and mentored two product owners and a scrum master.
Oversee.net, Product Manager
April 2010 - January 2011, Los Angeles, CA, US
Oversee.net primarily focused on domain parking and registration services.
I worked for the emerging businesses division for Oversee.net, which was tasked with developing some of the travel related domains in the company's portfolio.
The main project that I worked on was lowfares.com - a lead generation site for travel searches. I was the main product owner and agile advocate to their newly formed scrum development team.
Citysearch, Product Manager
April 2006 - March 2010, Los Angeles, CA, US
Citysearch.com was a local search website that focused on promoting restaurants, spas, hotels, and nightclubs. It was one of the first sites that featured user submitted reviews for public listings.
My role was initially to be their main information architect for the advertiser's online management tools called "My Account". I evolved into a product owner role and it was at Citysearch where I was formally trained in Scrum by Scott Downey in 2009.