André was born in the small Portuguese city of Leiria. Pursuing his passion for software he moved to Porto, Portugal and then Delft, Netherlands to pursue studies in Computer Science. After graduation, in 2008, he joined Microsoft in Copenhagen to work in the ERP application Microsoft Dynamics. In September 2010 he joined the Orchard team at Microsoft in Redmond following his wishes to move into a web environment having in his tool belt the experience of developing large software systems. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, reading and traveling to new and different places.