I am Ricardo Dantas, a minimalist Full Stack Developer with many years of experience developing digital solutions for startups and enterprise companies.
I started out in 2002 as a PHP developer very involved with the Open Source community, I helped to organize Linux Install fests in my hometown, including the Movimento Software Livre Paraná event together with the Paraná state government in Brazil, which became the Latinoware event nowadays.
Years later, precisely in 2009, I started out my very first startup focused on the Social Commerce concepts implementation for e-commerce stores. That period of time was very important, maybe one of the most important in my professional career. I learned a lot about the startup environment including all the hype around it such as bootstrapping a company, agile methodologies, project management, deal with investors, customer development, how to build a partnership network, team leading and management. I think that period crafted mostly what I am today, as a person and as a developer. After 4 years running it, I and my old business partner decided to finish the company due to the difficulty to expand the operations and attract bigger customers. Lots of lessons learned, definitely.
Further up, I started to work remotely for a US company which was one of the most interesting experiences in my career. A 100% remote job and everything worked great, meetings, pair programming, technical discussions, etc. I really enjoyed that period of time but I was really looking to live abroad and this was one of my biggest life goals, then Dublin happened. I moved to Ireland and spent 1,5 year working for one of the biggest IT consulting companies in the world. I had to learn a completely different stack, culture and mindset that I was used to. It was a big challenge and it also brought me a lot of new opportunities.
I ended up in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A totally different country and culture. I am learning new stuff every single day. I started to feel and live the Swedish minimalist way of life which I fell in love right away. I am really into this subject and adapting my life, my mindset, my day to day tasks. Living and doing with less.
My current goal is to help teams to create and develop digital solutions using the minimalist approach and giving back all those lessons learned through these years to the newbie developer's community.
Well, 19 years of experience learning, adapting and reinventing myself. I am very grateful for every single experience I had. Thank you life and all those involved!
Ricardo D. Goncalves