Hybrid Hacker

👾 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 Technologies at Namecheap, one of the biggest domain registrars in the world. I lead technical teams and vision to build future 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 startup and I worked for famous Italian firms as a freelencer
  • I'm a tech/geek guy and while I love to get my hands dirty, in the last years I focused my carreer into building super talented teams and drive them to build stunning products
  • Despite my leadirship role, I'm pretty experienced with most of today's trending technologies, both on public and private cloud field
  • I wouldn't consider myself a developer, but I know some coding languages and most common patterns. Goes without saying, I can read every kind of code in any language (maybe I'm a bit rusty with ASM atm :P)

What I know

  • Private cloud based on VMware, Openstack, KVM/libvirt
  • Public cloud (AWS, Gcloud)
  • Containers (Docker, Rkt) and containers orchestration (Kubernetes)
  • Storage (Gluster, OpenEBS, ZFS, NFS)
  • I'm fluent in Python and atm I'm learning a bit of Golang
  • 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 talented ppl and grow technical teams
  • How to deal with remote working and lead remote teams (I've 10+ years of experience with that)
  • Entreprenourship and a bit of business and design due to my previous experiences

What I don't know

  • Public speaking
  • Math
  • A lot of other thigs that one day I would like to learn

What I enjoy in my free time

  • Being a daddy
  • Cooking and eating what I cook
  • Learning, learning, learning...did I say learning?
  • 3d printing
  • Robotic/Electronics (Arduino, Raspberry, etc)
  • Domotic and automation in general
  • Growing my home lab
  • Mechanical keyboards