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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... I fell in ❀️ with Coding and DevOps culture then I became passionate about clouds 🌩️ and obsessed with security πŸ”.


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MB-dev: A Star Wars Story

I was always passionate about computers and technology, but I started to code when I was 15, after switching highschool from a scientific and mostly theoretical one to what in Italy is called "technical" high school, where I learned the basics of programming and computer science πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’».

I was never a good student, I was always bored by school πŸ₯± and I never liked to study, but I was always curious and I loved to learn new things, especially if they were related to computers.

My professors at that time used to tell me that I would never work in IT because I was not good enough, but I never gave up and I kept learning on my own πŸ€“.

Most people in my life were also not happy about my choice, they wanted me to go to university and get a degree to go for a "real job" 🀨 instead of "playing with computers", but I was not interested in that, I wanted to work and learn by doing, not by studying.

I started my professional journey in 2015 as a web developer, I started to write production grade PHP code even before I got my driving license. πŸš—

As employee I started as fullstack, in a small company building embedded software in C and some intarnal tools in C#, then I joined a promising local startup, always as fullstack but back to PHP with a Laravel flavor.

Graduating from my high school I then moved to a bigger city (Milan), switched language to specialize in Java and built my back(end) as a Software Engineer, I climbed the ladder, worked on large scale products (8+ million users) and finally became a Senior Software Engineer. πŸ‘·

Since I am a fundamentally lazy person, I learnt to love automation, starting with bash scripts and moving on to DevOps tools and practices.

I joined the Dark Side of DevOps and Site Reliability taking the best from my SWE background (I've never stopped to use the --force). 🌌

At some point, after leading DevOps initatives and bringing multiple teams from 0 to GitOps, I felt that I reached a ceiling in my career both in the company I worked at that time and in the italian IT landscape (not so rich, if you ask me).

That is the reason why I decided to start my journey in 2021 as a freelance professional and digital nomad. ✈️🏝️

I wanted to scale my impact on the IT industry and to help more people and companies to achieve their goals. ⛰️

I coached and mentored my padawans (ehm I mean, my students) about DevOps principles and practices. I also helped companies to improve their DevEx and DevOps approach. πŸ“š

In the meantime I learnt a bit more about frontend, especially React. I always despised Javascript but after learning about Typescript I started to like it a bit more. Still not my jam but I can live with it. Nodejs is more fun than I expected, I'll give you that. πŸ™†β€β™‚οΈ

Back to the story, in all this time I've been in the IT industry, I've learned a lot from hands on experience and had the opportunity to interact with truly amazing people. 🀝

After digital nomading across Europe, in 2023 I took the next step and I've become the CTO of a startup for one year, where I enjoyed the challenge of building a new company culture, a service and a product from scratch and of course taking care of my team. 🀟

In the end we could not find the Product-Market Fit and had to step back, but quoting Yoda: "The greatest teacher, failure is."

I keep advocating for Cloud Native technologies, I am a Kubernetes lover and part of the CNCF community. β˜ΈοΈπŸ’™

I strongly believe in the power of Platform Engineering and I look forward to impact the IT industry with my work. πŸ‹οΈ

What will I do in 2024 and beyond? Who knows! 🀩

To be continued...

My Jedi Code

My main goal as a professional is to contribute to great products and improving DevEx wherever I go!

In time I built strong bonds with employers, clients and colleagues. I always believed in trust and transparency as the foundation of each and every of these relationships.

I always valued communication over control, dialog rather than command, good design instead of "as long as it works", leaving a legacy above making myself indispensable, being safe more than being sorry, and (try) being always kind not always right.

I enabled companies to craft quality software because not only we were working toghether but our efforts were built to last and so they are.

What do I like most of my job until now?

Staying updated about new technology and trends, gaining insights numbers and metrics, learning and avdocating for good practices but above all: creating something meaningful, with a positive impact on people and planet Earth.

Tech Stack & Lightsabers

I consider myself a hands-on engineer, I love to try something new: may it be a new methodology, language, paradigm, framework or cloud native product.

I do believe there's no such thing as "one size fits all", that's why I'm costantly looking for new solutions and tools to fit different real-world requirements (paper requirements can be quite deceiving).

However, if you are wondering what my preferred stack is, I can say I'm a fan of the following technologies:

I'm not affiliated with nor endorsed by any of these companies, I've just used or am using some of their products.

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