Reinventing Offshore Software Development

Silicon Valley + Italy

Our mission: offshore development as economic engine

Silicon Villas is a nonprofit fostering international collaboration to bring high-value technology jobs to southern Italy:

  • Southern Italy needs more and better economic opportunities.
  • Companies are often challenged to find affordable yet high quality offshore software developers.
  • Many Italian developers emigrate to find good jobs, breaking families apart and draining the brightest minds from the region.

We address these important issues through an innovative blend of training, mentorship and strategic partnerships.

 Interested? Contact us.

Software Engineering

State-of-the-art Silicon Valley software engineering platforms and standards taught by experienced software developers based on the needs of each client project.

Project Management

Curriculum and coaching covers best practices in software project management, UX design thinking and team/client communication.

Tech-Industry English

Customized English language mentoring, tightly integrated with the other technology and project management subject areas.

Let's work together.

Need development resources?

If you're on the hunt for amazing offshore developers, you've hit the jackpot. Whether you're a consulting agency, a start-up or a department of a large company, let us know what roles you're trying to fill and we'll make the right connections. More info.

Are you an Italian Developer?

Ciao a tutti! Italian development teams and individual developers based in Sicily or elsewhere in southern Italy can apply to be part of Silicon Villas. We want to bring you more business. More info.

Instructors wanted.

Are you a senior developer or Agile project manager of mobile and/or web applications with Silicon Valley experience? This is a great side gig for seasoned pros with a passion for teaching and coaching. The hourly rate is solid and you can help make the world a better place. Let's talk.

Our Team

The people behind Silicon Villas bring a wealth of tech experience from Silicon Valley and globally.

    Michele Ursino

    / Founder

    Michele Ursino was born and raised in Italy. He got his Computer Science Ph.D. at Politecnico di Milano and then he moved to United States in the mid 90s. Michele has been working in the software development industry for over 20 years covering all roles from Software Developer to CTO. He is currently Senior Staff Engineer at LinkedIn.

    Brant Smith

    / Founder

    Brant Smith has held leadership roles in both global and start-up technology companies, and also served on the board of a NASDAQ-traded European tech company. He has shipped widely-used software features to over 750 million consumer devices (and growing). Brant started his career at the legendary Internet pioneer IUMA, considered the birthplace of online music. His great-grandparents emigrated from Sicily in the early part of the 20th century.

    Layne Mosler

    / Operation Manager

    Layne Mosler is a California-born communications professional with a background in NGO management and organizational anthropology. She has managed projects in the telecommunications and non-profit sectors in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. She is based in Berlin, Germany.