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
March 12, 2023 by Marco Cecconi
Stack Overflow could benefit from adopting a using conversational AI to provide specific answersRead 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
What began, in Boole’s words, with an investigation “concerning the nature and constitution of the human mind,” could result in the creation of new minds—artificial minds—that might someday match or even exceed our own.Read more…