Hello.
I'm João Bordalo, a full stack developer living in Portugal.

Selected work

Some stuff I made recently

Where to surf today

iScore

Hatitude

CoWork Azeitão

Skills

Jack of all trades

DevOps
60
Data modeling
70
Business logic
80
API layer / MVC
90
User interface
80
User Experience
70

About me

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.

Contact

Let's talk

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:

Azeitão, Portugal
joao.bordalo@gmail.com
+351 932673256
Freelance available

Experience

20 years of experience

  • Sep 1990
    -
    May 1996

    Minho University

    Graduate Student

    Complementary studies in cryptography and distributed operating systems.

  • Jun 1995
    -
    May 1996

    IDITE-Minho

    Project Manager

    EU project, with coordination of teams in several UE countries.

  • Jun 1996
    -
    May 1998

    Telenet ISP

    Systems engineer

    ISP's mail system engineer.
    System administrator.

  • Apr 1998
    -
    Apr 1999

    IP Global ISP

    Systems engineer

    ISP's provisioning system.
    Network security officer.

  • May 1999
    -
    Feb 2002

    Novis ISP

    Systems engineer

    Responsible for mail, proxy, DNS e AAA systems.
    Network security officer.

  • Mar 2002
    -
    Apr 2006

    Clix Portal

    CTO

    Overall technical guidance.
    R&D of new portal products and services.

  • Jul 2006
    -
    Dec 2015

    Excentric digital agency

    Partner

    Innovation and R&D.
    Digital marketing.

  • Jan 2016
    -
    Present

    Freelance

    Full stack Developer

    Development of web apps.
    Consulting and advising.

Resume

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.