There’s a huge premium for the engineers who nail new stacks and architectures early on. Blockchain is up for the grabs.

You’re an Engineer, I am one too. We both remember how cool it was when we first started coding, but we also know that the tech we used back then has been long forgotten. The tech market is crazy fast, and today’s tech might not be there tomorrow either. In software, there’s a huge premium for the ones who nail new stacks and architectures early on. Blockchain is up for the grabs.

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: ‘Are…


At the end of my Keynote Speeches, I always have a row of CTOs and Innovation Directors asking me where to start a Blockchain Roadmap in their companies. They feel Decentralisation will radically change the market they operate in, but they feel lost with all the buzz around ICOs and Cryptocurrencies. They don’t know where to start, and their job is to figure it out.

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” — Bobby Unser

Throughout 2018, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on countless Blockchain use cases across several industries, company sizes and geos. We started the year with…


Enterprises are now actively exploring Blockchain. They are doing it mostly on a very private level, where it returns the lowest benefits. They all see that Blockchain can bring tremendous value to their industries, but that requires bringing together otherwise distrusting and even competing parties.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. — Steve Jobs

Let’s use a very academic case: the English Premier League. Let’s imagine that Manchester United comes up with an ingenious idea to bring together all the league participants. In this hypothetical case, the idea would…


In late 2017 crypto markets were reaching all time highs and many envisioned crypto as the new gold. Now, in late 2018, those markets have reached year long lows and the same ones forecast the demise of crypto.

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. — Bill Keane

Through all these crypto craze, ICOs remained as new finance instruments. If you’re an entrepreneur launching a new business you should consider an ICO along traditional funding sources such as Angel Investors or Venture Capital. The ICO landscape looks different from a year ago. And it’s not worse, it’s definitely different, and actually better on many levels. It’s now an ecosystem where value creators can have a say, and where scammers are no longer welcome.

As a Blockchain Consultant and…


Over the past year, I’ve done more than 100 interviews for Blockchain related Tech Teams

Blockchain has recently gone through the top of its hype cycle so far. Everyone from small startups to large corporations wants to build Blockchain products and dip their toes into the space. One key question though: Who is going to develop all that software?

Everything will be tokenized and connected by a blockchain one day. — Fred Ehrsam

As a CTO and Tech Consultant, I’ve been been working closely with entrepreneurs and corporates on innovative products for the past 8 years. Since 2016 I’ve been increasingly approached by companies in the Blockchain space, and got the opportunity to work more and more in a space that I’ve loved for a long time. My typical use cases are architecting and building smart contracts to implement a certain token economy, tech advisory and white paper co-writing for ICOs, and more prevalent in all of my engagements…


TechHQ’s office in Lisbon

As the old adage says “There are no old roads to new directions”. The tech world is changing fast, and the talent pool seems smaller than ever. What used to work yesterday might need to be reinvented tomorrow.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay

It’s always an exciting time in my life when I get asked to build a Tech Team. I genuinely love to strategize the profiles, interview awesome candidates and onboard the best of them in a way that enables tech companies to leap into their innovation roadmap.

This has been more challenging over the years, as the battle for talent gets fiercer. …


63 teams. 600+ developers, designers, architects, product and business people from 22 countries. DutchChain organized the largest Blockchain Hackathon ever in Groningen, Netherlands last week. This was sort of the Olympics of Blockchain, and I was there to learn a few things.

We can’t talk about blockchain all the time. We have to talk about what it is doing. And we have to think through how this is actually changing our society for the better. — Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

The hackathon was huge. A lot of cool stuff got built and everyone learned a lot. Everything was perfect, and the only flaw I could find was that a hackathon can’t just run out of RedBull 12 hours before deadline.

Not all use cases are science fiction (far from it, actually)

The first example to that is my team. During the hackathon we developed a system that encapsulates access control and…


CTOs should lead the tech hype cycle, not just follow the buzzword bingo

A decade ago it was Mobile. Then it was Big Data. Nowadays Blockchain is emerging as the new buzzword everyone talks about. This cacophonic hype cycle will never end.

Blockchain is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it too. — Sergio Pereira (adapted from a Dan Ariely’s original)

In innovation, novelty is a key ingredient. You always capture people’s attention by saying things they never heard, they get intrigued and they listen to you… so you do it over and over again. As a buzzword’s novelty washes out, new ones pop up, and the cycle continues.

The media drives the hype cycle

The media business lives on the impressions of the ads that go…


Tech innovation is a marathon, not a sprint

Innovation is a key to success in the business world. From tiny startups to large corporations, everybody is trying to innovate. But are they doing it right?

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. — Steve Jobs

Software is still eating the world, following Marc Andreessen’s premonition in 2011. Every year we see new technologies disrupting old long established industries, and the challenge is to understand what industries will be disrupted next, and how. Nimble and Agile startups are keen to challenge the status quo, and established company can see their businesses being challenged left and right by these ingenious new solutions.

The reason why we see new startups challenge and take the spotlight from big established companies, is because they are naturally faster to adapt…


On Trust Paradigms, Business Models and Innovation

Trust has meant different things for different generations. This fast changing perception of trust creates serious challenges to the status quo, and at the same time massive opportunity for disruptive value propositions.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. — Stephen Hawking

Since the internet spread up, in the 90s, our connectedness exploded. As people started connecting with other people all over the world, new trust models emerged and online trust structures started to build up. Now, with the advent of blockchain as a decentralized store of value and utility, brand new trust models are in the cooking. …

Sergio Pereira

Entrepreneur | CTO | Blockchain and Tech Consultant | Keynote Speaker

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