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Andres Ferrate is the founder of Cartosoft and a regular contributor to ProgrammableWeb.
Cartosoft is an early stage startup focused on expanding the reach of geospatial technology to a broader audience through the Internet. As a contributor for ProgrammableWeb, a leading portal for API and mashup information, Andres writes about a variety of topics, including enterprise mashups and new platforms (such as Google Wave).
Andres became interested in Google's platforms and APIs after working extensively with Google Maps mashups, with which he has helped organizations address various mapping needs and challenges. He first learned about Google Wave at Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference, and shortly thereafter became increasingly more interested in the new platform.
Prior to founding Cartosoft, Andres was Vice President of Operations for Geographic Technologies Group, a leading provider of geospatial services and software for local governments throughout the U.S. Andr s has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and his experience includes working for various startups, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), The World Bank, and as a volunteer for various non-profits. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his family.