Currently I am an application architect at Dow Jones & Co., the parent company of The Wall Street Journal where I focus on front-end engineering, systems integration and performance optimization.  Besides my regular work at Dow Jones, I have introduced and implemented tools and technologies like internal blogging, Subversion, WordPress as a CMS, issues/bug tracking with JIRA, and the Jitterbit integration platform. I have also participated in a corporate-wide effort to reorganize vertical functions into shared global services and more recently have started to promote standards-based design and programming styles.

Since 1995 I have worked for clients large and small, including my own consulting business as well as donated work to a number of non-profit organizations, so I tend to thrive when I get to wear many hats. I have telecommuted at companies like Merck and Lucent Technologies and interfaced with geographically dispersed team members.

When you speak to one of my clients or coworkers you will definitely hear that I am meticulous about my work, that I care about the quality of the final product and that I have a passion for innovation and early adoption of technologies.


Application architecture, object oriented design, agile methodologies, front-end engineering, systems integration, performance tuning of hardware platforms.


JavaScript, DOM, Ajax, Spring, C#, ColdSpring, PHP, ColdFusion, Java, Oracle, MSSQL, MySQL, Apache, JRun, HTML, XML (XHTML), Wordpress, bbPress. Red Hat Linux and Windows server administration. Experience with Ext JS, jQuery and Prototype JavaScript libraries.

Work experience

Work experience
Dec 2004 - Present

Application Architect

Technical leadership role in the web development team responsible for the Dow Jones Indexes online properties.


  • Performance tuning of public facing web infrastructure.
  • Establishment and promotion of coding standards and guidelines.
  • Actively participate in resolution of production infrastructure issues.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend technologies for future projects.
  • Design and development of global single sign-on registration and payment systems.
May 2008 - Present

Founder / Principal Consultant

Betancourt Consulting

Developed Ajax functionality for The Smart Show's Neederator, Episode Guide, Amazon and Yelp search pages.

Mar 1996 - Nov 2004

Founder / Principal Consultant

CMB Systems, Inc.

Provided systems architecture, project management and programming services to a number of companies, among them are AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Merck & Company, Foster Wheeler, Metro-North Railroad.

Jan 2004 - Oct 2004

Sr. Application Developer

1998 - 1999

Internet Strategy Manager

1995 - 1996

Software Developer

Contract developer at AT&T


Jan 1995

Computer Programming