Hybrid Hacker

๐Ÿ‘พ Technical notes and hybrid geekeries


Discalimer: I'm not a native english speaker, so in this blog you will probably find typos and errors. Feel free to contact me if you spot something, I won't take it personally! :)

Hi, my name is Nicola and I'm an hacker. Specifically I love to define myself an hybrid hacker. I'm passionate about so many things and I always try to combine them to achieve better results.

What I do

  • I'm Director of Cloud at Namecheap, one of the biggest domain registrars in the world
  • Currently I lead 4 technical teams building Namecheap Cloud products
  • The most famous and active one is EasyWP, a WordPress managed hosting built on top of Kubernetes and other bleeding edge technologies
  • Previously I owned a web/mobile agency, a (funded) startup and I worked for famous Italian firms as a freelance
  • I'm a tech/geek guy and while I love to get my hands dirty, in the last years I focused my career on growing super talented teams to build great SaaS/Cloud products
  • Despite my leadership role, I'm pretty experienced with most of today's trending technologies
  • While I don't have a real background as a developer, in the last years I started filling the gap
  • Goes without saying, I can read and possibly debug any kind of code in any language

What I know

  • I've hands-on experience both with private and public Cloud
  • I'm absolutely in love with Kubernetes and containers in general
  • I've experience with CI/CD pipelines and lastly I'm a big fan of Gitpos practices
  • In the past I worked on VMware, KVM/libvirt and Openstack
  • Currently I'm more focused on private cloud, but I work with AWS, GCP and DO time to time
  • As I stated above, I don't consider myself a senior developer, but I really love coding
  • I'm fluent enough in Python and I've a decent experience with FastAPI framework and SQLAlchemy ORM
  • I'm learning a bit of Golang to write Kubernetes Operators
  • For personal fun/projects I started learning ASM
  • I know how to build successful products based on bleeding edge technologies
  • Agile methodologies like Scrum and Kanban and how to tailor them on different teams
  • How to spot/hire talented ppl and grow technical teams
  • How to deal with remote working and lead remote teams (I've 15+ years of experience with that)
  • Entrepreneurship and a bit of business and design due to my previous experiences
  • In general I can say I'm a good bridge between tech and non tech people

What I don't know

  • While I always wanted to, public speaking doesn't make me too comfortable
  • Math. My mind is too flexible to accept math ๐Ÿ˜€
  • A lot of other things that one day I would like to learn

What I enjoy in my free time

  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Trying to do my best to be a good daddy
  • ๐Ÿ• I'm Italian, guess what? Cooking and eating are a true passion
  • ๐Ÿ“š Learning, learning, learning...did I say learning?
  • ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ 3d printing
  • ๐Ÿฆพ Robotic/Electronics (Arduino, Raspberry, etc)
  • ๐Ÿค– Domotic and automation in general
  • ๐Ÿ’พ Growing my home lab
  • โŒจ๏ธ Mechanical keyboards