Edson is one of our talented Android Developers, originating from either Curitiba or Florianopolis (depending on how you look at it). When he's not busy writing code or gaming, Edson tries to explore as much of the world as he can!
Where are you from?
That’s never an easy question! I was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and lived there until I was 18 when I moved to Florianopolis for college. I still feel like I’m from Curitiba, but most of my adult life in Brazil was spent in Florianopolis.
Brazil seems like an exciting place to live! Do you miss it?
I do, but I decided to leave Brazil to further my career opportunities. I wasn’t learning enough, and I wanted to work with more experienced and diverse people to become a better developer. The only place in Brazil that I could get that was Sao Paulo, but I didn’t want to live there - the cost is too high, and it’s stressful.
More expensive than Amsterdam?!
No, I don’t mean cost in terms of finance. I mean the personal cost: you lose some of your quality of life. You have to own a car, you have to worry about violence, you end up spending two hours a day in traffic jams.. It’s not what I wanted out of life.
So how did you end up in Amsterdam, and ultimately at Speakap?
I was already used to working with companies outside Brazil, so it was pretty easy for me to take the leap and decide to move abroad.
Why Netherlands? The choice was between here and Berlin. I came as a tourist about 8 years ago and fell in love with the city. I felt that I would be welcomed, and the country had the structure to receive both my wife and myself. There are enough opportunities here for me to feel like this is home - I don’t feel the need to go back to Brazil. I’m pretty comfortable here in Amsterdam.
Why Speakap? This is my second job in the Netherlands. I was interested in connecting people through the product, which also makes company management easier, and there were also some interesting technical challenges that appealed to me. I felt like I wanted to tackle a big challenge to prove myself, and Speakap fit like a glove in that moment.
How long have you been working here?
I joined in September last year, so it’s already been 8 months. It’s funny, because the company has grown so quickly that I’m already one of the oldies!
How would you explain your role here at Speakap to someone who isn’t technical?
Generally speaking - I write the android app. I take the user input and management decisions, and code that into a feature than can be used on your phone. That could mean adding extra functionalities, making the interface look better, as well as continuously improving the experience for the end user.
What do you like about working at Speakap?
The first thing I like is that the company environment is very welcoming. It’s really laid back, but at the same time everyone knows their role and has the responsibility to deliver on their work; therefore you have the freedom to really own the work that you’re doing. You take the lead, and make your work the best that it can be.
What is the biggest (work-related) challenge that you face this year?
Right at the start of the year, the Android team identified an interesting point of improvement in our code base that would greatly increase our stability and efficiency, but to do so we would have to rewrite around 10-15% of the code, which is always something to be cautious about. Regardless, we embraced the challenge and in a couple of weeks had a brand new app that was much better from the previous version.
What is your number one hobby:
Gaming! Either PS4, or board games. Clank! is a personal favourite of mine.
Do you have any plans this Summer?
Yes! I’ve been trying to travel as much as I can, I have a road trip in Italy planned with my family, as well as a trip to Greece. I’m trying to enjoy the sunny parts of Europe.
Where could you see yourself retiring one day?
Portugal. It’s familiar enough for me, but at the same time has a better environment.
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Written by Louise Blair
All the way from down under, she's at Speakap to rock content marketing. If you find some Aussie vocabulary in her content, it might make you feel like being in the sunshine immediately. G'day Mate! (She has never said G'day Mate seriously in her life)