It was Manu, Graz and the core developers of RainbowPortal that got me hooked on open source ecology, for which I will be eternally grateful.
Emmanuele De Andreis (Manu) was the founder of Rainbow Portal, an open source project which allows users to create internet and intranet sites using a portal framework. The software is built on Microsoft ASP dotNET.
Manu is a 20 year industry veteran with experience as a coder, programmer, and a Microsoft technology expert. A Visionary, he is constantly looking for challenges to test his abilities in management.
He has learned a lot from leading the Rainbow project. By managing a group of people who are working for free, he has learned to understand his peers from both a technical and a human perspective.
After a year of learning and customizing the IBuySpy Portal (a reference appication by Microsoft), Manu released his work to the world as the open source "Rainbow Portal" project. Since it's release, the Rainbow project has attracted developers from around the world and has seen numerous end-user downloads.
Emmanuele got his BA in Ingegneria Informatica (Bachelor of Arts in Information Engineering) at Politecnico di Milano (Milan Politechnic, Italy) in 2010.
When he is not coaching open source projects or involved in his business he enjoys watching films, biking, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family.
Fabián R. Breschi, Cloud Solutions Architect - SoftLayer Sales Engineer at IBM: "Manu has demonstrated his unique capability to converge both visionary and a pragmatic approach for everything he does, the right word for this is "passion". Whatever was the challenge, he was there to assure that everything was under control. Highly recommended." October 28, 2005
Miguel Giménez, CEO at AgileWorks: "I've been in contact with Manu through the rainbow project for a long time. I admire his ability to steer the community and to have a clear focus on ways to get the project moving forward. He always finds a way of easing tensions and finding the right answer or tool for every situation." February 2, 2007
William Forney, Sr. Software Development Engineer at Microsoft: "Manu has been a great leader in the open source project for Rainbow Portal." June 7, 2005
Jakob Lindekilde, Senior developer at KMD: "Emmanuele started the Rainbow project and have been the central person in the project driving it to it's succes. I joined Rainbow very early and found him, from the very beginning, very easy to work with, a highly skilled programmer and a good leader." April 14, 2005
Jonathan Minond, Sr. Developer at Contrix/Magazine Agent: "Emmanuele exemplifies both as a leader and teacher in my expereince, finding a balance between managing and guiding at the same time. Most anyone could benefit from working with Emmanuele in a multitude of ways." April 9, 2005
Danijel Kecman, CEO at CxRomos: "to see best in people is rarely attribute of man as it's a must for a leader. you got it my dear friend." April 9, 2005
John Mandia, Avanauts Ltd - Solution Architect: "After working with Emmanuele since he started the rainbow portal project I can honestly say I have never worked with someone who is more dedicated to the opensource cause than he is. Thanks for all you effort and friendship. " June 14, 2004
Ozan Sirin, Project Manager, Rainbow Turkey Information Technologies: "In Rainbow Portal project he is the leader! He is faster! Because, when I asked Manu(Emmanuele) for assistance, I know he'll solve my problem when talking with him..." May 9, 2004
Ed Daniel, Technologist, Entrepreneur, Open Source Evangelist: "As tech. lead of RainbowPortal he shows an ability to bring together expertise from across the globe. With his fellow colleagues of Rainbow Core he provides our .NET community with a superb open source application framework from which thousands of people have benefitted. Emmanuele delivers passion and professionalism throughout his projects and it is a pleasure to work with great talent." May 8, 2004