I’m Marco Cecconi. I live in Trento, Italy with my wife Michela and my son Yuri where I work from my bat-cave. I fell in love with programming on a ZX Spectrum 48K in the 80’s, where I wrote games because I could not afford to have all I wanted. I then fell in love with the PC, with modems and BBSs and low level programming -- I still have some demos and a copy of SoftICE somewhere, along with some really early Slackware.
I consider myself a developer with both wide and deep interests in the craft. I am particularly intrigued by trying to understand what it takes to build large-scale server applications and how to merge my interest for low level stuff with my interest for large systems.
I write about software development, coding, architecture and team leadership. I also speak at conferences worldwide.
The views expressed on this blog are my own and not my employer’s, ‘mkay?
It’s meant to be unpronounceable. Back in the day, playing Ultima, I thought it would be funny to have all the NPCs have speech bubbles with an unpronounceable word in them.
A lot of people had a handle at the start up I worked for, so the nick stuck and I’ve been using it ever since. People pronounce it sklees, skleeoos or sklywiz. I sincerely try to avoid the matter, but then I think about the speech bubbles and decide to keep using it for a little longer.
I used to play guitar in a heavy metal band and my wife was the lead singer!
I lived in Singapore without my family for two years when I was 17. I went to a United World College, trying to make a world without wars.
I once burned a rather large lawn with a failed toy chemistry set experiment.
Hi, I'm Marco Cecconi. I am the founder of Intelligent Hack, developer, hacker, blogger, conference lecturer. Bio: ex Stack Overflow core team, ex Toptal EM.Read more
October 15, 2021 by Marco Cecconi
Multiple people with my name use my email address and I can read their email, chaos ensues!Read more
September 29, 2021 by Marco Cecconi
After years of building, our top-notch consultancy to help start-ups and scale-ups create great, scalable products, I think it is high time I added an update to how it is going and what's next for us.Read more
February 03, 2021 by Marco Cecconi
A lesson in building communities by Stack Overflow's most prominent community manager emeritus, Shog9Read more
December 02, 2020 by Marco Cecconi
Some lessons learned over the past 8 years of remote work in some of the best remote companies on the planetRead more
We can say that Mr. Robot is having a moment. The main character was one of the top choices and thus is perhaps the most/least realistic/annoying/inspiring portrayal of what it’s like to be a computer programmer today.Read more…