I'm João Bordalo, a full stack
living in Portugal.
Some stuff I made recently
Jack of all trades
Creative, doer, problem solver
My name is João Bordalo. I'm 45 years old and live in beautiful Azeitão, Portugal. I studied Computer Science at University of Minho and work as a freelance software developer and consultant.
I code, blog, advise and consult, although not necessarily in that order. I also tweet as @bordalix. When I'm doing none of those things, I enjoy reading, working out, and playing with my 3 kids.
If you're looking for a full stack developer, let's get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you.
I'm fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and medium level on French. I learned Esperanto some years ago, but it's really rusty.
If you prefer, you can just drop by and have a beer, or contact me using the alternative methods listed below:
20 years of experience
Complementary studies in cryptography and distributed operating systems
EU project, with coordination of teams in several UE countries
ISP's mail system engineer
IP Global ISP
ISP's provisioning system
Network security officer
Mail, proxy, DNS e AAA systems
Network security officer
Overall technical guidance
R&D of new portal products and services
Excentric digital agency
Innovation and R&D
Full stack Developer
Development of web apps
Consulting and advising
The full story
Back in 1992, while at my Informatics and Systems Engineering course at the Minho University, I had the first contact with the Internet. At that time, Internet was nothing else than a few email addresses, some FTP sites, the Usenet and a couple of archaic search engines - the World Wide Web was still to be publicly available. But it was enough to get me hooked.
I started my working experience in 1996 working for Telenet, one of the first ISP in Portugal, which was later bought by IP Global (also an ISP), which later was acquired by Sonae (the biggest non-financial group in Portugal) giving birth to Novis, a telco company. During this period, I developed strong technical knowledges in Internet access technologies and services, learn several open-source programming languages and developed my design, usability and accessibility skills.
In 1999, the SonaeCom group decided to spin off Clix, the portal and future ISP brand for the the group telecommunications arm. In 2002, I accept the invitation to become Clix technical director, where I developed my management and strategic skills, and helped the company to develop the second biggest portal in Portugal, as to search and implement innovative access products, such as wireless broadband and TV over IP technologies.
Early 2006, I decided to exit the Sonae group and formed my own company, Excentric, focusing on digital media and advertising, which became financial healthy in 6 months, with significant growth and development in new business areas.
In 2013, Excentric merged with Grey Lisboa (a WPP company), giving birth to ExcentricGrey, a full service advertising agency, where I had the role of partner. At the end of 2015, WPP bought the remaining stake in the company, and I decided it was time to begin a new chapter in my professional life.
Almost 10 years doing management roles kept me away from getting my hands dirty, and I felt I needed to re-learn the new skills of the trade. So, in 2016 I decided to take a break, and spent the entire year experimenting with stuff like Dockers, Meteor, MongoDB, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
In 2017, I spent the entire year advising a Venture Builder fund on new technologies and startup evaluation. I also developed several website and applications for customers, and consulted a few customers on innovation and disruptive technologies.
And now, here I am, looking for new opportunities.