This is the longer version of who I am, up until August 2014.
For a shorter version, view my personal website.
Getting into computers
Up until I was 14, I was pretty sure I wanted to be an architect. I loved drawing and the idea of transforming something that existed solely in my mind into the real, physical world.
I have an older brother who was already very much into computer science, electronics, and programming, but I preferred using the computer to play games (I even got 4th place in a Jedi Knight 2 European tournament, and won the last StarCraft — 1, not 2 — tournament in Portugal).
For many different reasons (familiarity? future security?), I decided to get into Computer Science at the last moment, when I had to choose a course for high school.
Passion about creating (useful products)
I didn’t think about it that way at the time, but looking back, I’ve always been passionate about creating stuff. Useful stuff. Buildings for people to live, for abandoned animals, etc.
Thinking about it that way, it made sense when I started seeing how useful programming was, enabling me to create anything, even more quickly (not to mention much more cheaply) than architecture.
Soon enough, I was introduced to web development. Building web pages that anyone (with an Internet connection) could see without having to install anything was… amazing.
I was hooked.
I obviously saw potential to make money out of doing something I loved, and in late 2003 I started building small websites and pieces of websites for money, realizing the whole web hosting business was very hard to understand for non-technical people.
So I founded a Web Development & Web Hosting company that was eventually bought in 2009. I left it in 2013 to join Clevertech.
Passionate about inspiring & giving
It’s safe to say I learned most of what I know/use today by myself — hacking open source code, reading stuff and talking with other people online — than in high school or college (I’m not saying those places didn’t teach me anything, but definitely not the most important things).
I realized soon enough how important Open Source was to the world, and even contributed to Ubuntu (translations, helping people, and beta testing from versions 5.04 — 9.04), among other Open Source projects.
That’s also one of the reasons why I created visualCaptcha.
Learn. Improve. Rinse. Repeat.
I love to learn new things, and improve the things I already know.
- A few years ago I wrote a Road Safety Android application.
- Getting out of my comfort zone had me write a book. Yeah.
- That’s also the main reason why I created Oikon. I wanted to learn Objective-C (Swift… *sigh*), and decided to do it when I needed an app I just couldn’t find.
If you have any tips to share about any of those, I’d love to talk.