My story

I started my professional career as a communication student in southern Brazil, interested in advertising art direction, design, and photography. You might be wondering: “How did you end up as a developer in Sweden then?”. 

Well, while in college I offered my services as a brand designer and got a pretty good portfolio of local clients. As a very curious person I am (maybe a little too eager as people often are when discovering something fun), I soon started playing around with web development. The first websites, hand-crafted with PHP or ActionScript (shhh), were (regardless of the questionable code quality) well received. I attribute most of it to the attention to the design, fitting to the client's requests and brand.

But I was hooked. In the following years, I specialised in WordPress CMS development. It gave me the freedom to customise the interface and functionalities while offering a friendly interface for the client to maintain the website in the future. E-commerce, art portfolios, restaurants, education: I worked in many different areas, perfecting the process of wire-framing, designing, developing, and training on the CMS.

In 2015 I decided to make a change, learn more, and invest my time differently. I applied to several cool companies and startups I admired. In July I started at Klarna and moved to Stockholm. It's not an overstatement to say that this was one of the decisions that changed the course of my life.

Working in Stockholm I met many talented people, had the opportunity to work on amazing projects, and had the chance to focus more on modern javascript development with React and Node. The learning has been constant as there are always new tools, frameworks, patterns, and methodologies to experiment with.

Since then, I’ve worked as a technical consultant, frontend developer, full stack developer, and team lead for different companies, from a big and established bank to a fresh startup. Each one gave me new experiences that allowed me to understand better what it is that I enjoy about software development and what I want to explore more. Hopefully, this website will also serve as a repository for these thoughts, where they can be shared and reflected upon.

Remote work

For most of my life, I worked in the comfort of my home - and most of the time without shoes. I strongly believe that having the freedom to choose how, where, and when to perform our tasks is the best approach for software developers. People will have different schedules and to have a strong remote team all it takes is a little commitment and a good share of trust*.

*Soon I'll write a full article about my thoughts on it and update it here!

Iris Rosa

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