Hi there, I’m Sérgio.
I’m Portuguese with a European identity, who found comfort in the Finnish silence and beautiful nature. I build software, and everything that requires: software architecture, risk management, IT security management, integrations, interoperability standards, and artificial intelligence.
I started my professional journey in Lisbon, where I studied Information and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (Técnico Lisboa). There I became involved in student politics and student representation, which gave me a considerable head start in management and organisation related topics.
I enrolled in an exchange program that brought me to Aalto University in Finland. Here I briefly studied machine learning and data mining, and became involved in the startup scene that is desperate to find good talent. After a first failed attempt at entrepreneurship, where I learned the basics of business development and the meaning of failure, I joined other startups. In total I’ve watched and helped two startups grow from early stage towards acquisition by major industry players (Holvi by BBVA, Kaiku by Elekta).
Besides technology, I’m passionate about company culture, diversity and representation topics, sailing and the Finnish cottage and nature life.
🪝 Hookglue.com (launched)
Hookglue is a micro integration platform, that allows you to receive requests, transform the body of that request, and send it forward to other API endpoints.
🎼 YourTone (launched)
YourTone started at UltraHack hackathon, organized by BusinessFinland to support the music industry in Finland. We set out to create a platform where any musician, amateur or professional, can easily advertise their music lessons.
YourTone offers music teachers, musicians, and music students the opportunity to create a teacher profile. All those profiles are geographically indexed, and search for teachers near them. A student can also create an alert to be notified if a teacher of a certain instrument has joined the platform.
⛵️ Krew.app (coming soon)
Krew.app wants to turn every boat into a community, and make boating accessible to all. It started because many people I know who have a boat usually do not have enough crew members, and people who love sailing don’t own a boat. Krew app wants to bridge that gap.
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2020-04-16 - Asking for feedback is the right way to receive feedback
TL,DR: When you get negative feedback you instinctively get defensive. Being defensive prevents you from integrating that feedback, and diminishes its the effectiveness. Taking control of the process by asking for feedback yourself gives you control over the situation, and allows you to prepare for and control your instinctive reactions.
2020-04-05 - Tech debt - broken windows and normalization of deviance
TL,DR: We overuse the term and we wrongly call some things “tech debt”. By overusing the term we normalize having lots of technical debt. By calling small issues “tech debt” we are opening the door for larger issues to appear. I propose a stricter definition for for the term, suggest some alternative terms, and propose that we flag issues with structured code comments.