I learned electronics long before I knew how to read, through my father’s books and magazines on the subject. I would spend entire afternoons without really understanding what the diagrams meant.
However, I felt that I wanted that for the rest of my life and loved it from the bottom of my heart.
My first contact with programming and computers was when I was 8 years old. At the time, the school I attended received some donated computers. Because I was, let’s say, a different kind of kid, drawing electronic circuits in my notebook instead of learning my native language, I was chosen to take a course in the LOGO language. This language was created to teach programming to children. At in time, I also learned BASIC.
After that, years passed, and coming from a poor family, it took a while for me to have a computer at home. But when I finally got one, the first thing I did was install Linux on it. The distribution I chose was Slackware. At the time, I wanted to be a hacker, and I was told that I should learn C. So, I spent a good amount of time studying it. Later on, my focus shifted towards game development. I spent years writing a C++ 2D engine based on SDL, boost, OpenGL, OpenAL, and Lua for scripting.
I participated in groups and made numerous friends in the game development field. However, as I got older, my parents started pressuring me to get a job. So, I distributed my resume in the city. I hoped to get a job as a hardware maintenance technician. But someone at a company saw my 2D engine, called Wintermoon, on my resume and invited me for an interview. That’s where it all began. During the interview, I presented the code and showed a demo, and I was hired on the spot. This story was just the beginning of my journey.
I started my journey as an ERP systems developer. However, that wasn’t enough for me. I moved to an indoor media company, and they had a media distribution problem. The server was located in-house with a 1Mbps connection, causing hours of delay in adding new files. I suggested using the BitTorrent protocol since CDNs (Content delivery network) were extremely expensive and rare at the time. It was a great success, and videos were available within minutes. At that time, I always had the desire to return to game development.
I managed to get an opportunity at a company in Curitiba. I embarked on an incredible journey, relocating to a new city and state. I was entirely responsible for developing a 2D point & click game from scratch.
After that, I joined a military combat software company where I faced various challenges, such as integrating vest hardware with software and synchronizing six screens of the battle simulator with the platform. This platform included a gun that emitted an infrared beam, captured by one of the six cameras, and the projection was calculated.
Next, I worked in educational technology in Brazil. The use of mobile phones or tablets was not common, so we were pioneers in incorporating them into education. I was tasked with discovering and utilizing Adobe technologies to create a digital book. While still at the digital books company, I was responsible for porting the Aurélio dictionary to iOS and Android. Aurelio is the most important dictionary in the Portuguese language. And so I did, using Adobe Air.
Then, I received an offer to move to São Paulo to work in a gambling industry using modern C++ and boost. I accepted, and it was an excellent opportunity to meet two unforgettable and exceptional professionals, Wander and Mauro. At this casino company, I developed a protocol for use in menus, entirely dynamic and flexible between modern C++ and Lua.
So I made a transition to mobile, working at three different companies, with both iOS and Android. The first one was a startup that utilized the Sem Parar payment system. Unfortunately, the startup no longer exists.
The second was QuintoAndar, where I became the first mobile engineer in the company. I was responsible for creating the first three apps, both for iOS and Android.
After that, I joined R/GA, one of the largest and most respected digital agencies on the planet. There, I was tasked with working on Next, the digital version of one of Brazil’s largest banks, Bradesco.
Then, a unique opportunity arose to return to backend development and work with Python for a company outside of Brazil, First Foundry, and remotely. At the time, remote work was extremely rare; this was many years before the pandemic made it commonplace. At this company, I worked on an app and backend for bars and restaurants across the United States, called TabbedOut.
Due to my expertise in serverless and cloud technologies, a cryptocurrency fintech called Blinktrade expressed interest and made me an offer to develop a new cryptocurrency trading platform. In addition to working on this new project, Naka, I also worked on the bitcoin exchange. Thanks to my high performance and proficiency in various areas, I was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Unfortunately, due to a downturn in the cryptocurrency market, investors requested their money back.
I moved on to HostPapa, a Canadian company specializing in web hosting solutions. I essentially worked on WooCart, a platform for managing WordPress & WooCommerce websites. There, I was responsible for maintaining the code and managing a Kubernetes cluster with hundreds of active clients and thousands of accesses.
Nowadays, I work at Fueled as a Lead Engineer. This company is extremely renowned for its excellence in app development. At Fueled, I’ve had the opportunity to work on their two biggest clients to date, Victoria’s Secrets Community and NationsBenefits. I have been serving as a backend engineer on one and as a full-stack developer on the other. At times, I also assisted with the management of a Kubernetes cluster.
Thank you for reading my story. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.