Welcome valued associates Oded and Mariusz!

Sep 16, 2020 • Marco Cecconi

In December, I shut down my previous startup Badgie because, in large part, my consultancy business was booming. I had no time to dedicate to a product, and it made no sense to continue, so I pulled the plug. I have not been idle since then: Intelligent Hack has become a thriving company, and we ar…

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The Italian COVID app is a terrible idea

Apr 25, 2020 • Marco Cecconi

The "immuni" app (or is it a bracelet?), and other apps like it being proposed in Italy right now, are a terrible idea. The basic sell is that they act as a "proximity alert," so you can practice social distancing only towards infectious people and not indiscriminately. They are also being sold as a…

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Shutting down Badgie, 2019 recap and 2020 plans

Dec 25, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

Sometimes life has its way, and you need to follow along. In March, I parted ways with Toptal and decided to take a little time off employment to try to build a startup. In the meanwhile, my idea was to do part-time consultancies to fund my startup. That is why I, with a couple of friends, decided …

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Announcing Badgie Migrator

Jun 18, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

Database migrations are a tool created to work better with databases, especially under agile development. Instead of having a database with a "fixed" schema, which is deployed rarely by merging manually with tools like Redgate's SQL Compare, variations are stored in numbered SQL files as schema or d…

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The tremendous power of economic factors

Jun 06, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

Why is it so hard to determine and change a company's development culture? The answer lies in how customs come to be and how we are biased not to see the economic factors shaping them. When we look at broad social trends, at the winners and the losers, the tendency is to personalize the merits and …

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There is no toxic negativity

May 20, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

There’s an excellent Medium post by Way Spurr-Chen that has been making the rounds on Twitter and LinkedIn titled “Rage Against the Codebase: Programmers and Negativity.” I think the article makes many good points about why programmers value negativity and the author posits two possible (admittedly…

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How Badgie plans to support Open Source

May 13, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

Badgie is an unconventional service because it is fundamentally a game, but for software development professionals. Being a game and appealing to a professional environment at the same time is a delicate balance which we hope to achieve through design and user experience. In this world-wide massivel…

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Notifications that maximize happiness, not engagement

May 06, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

At Badgie we strongly believe in positive messaging and in making people happy. It stands to reason that we also look at the things that make us unhappy and try to change them to something positive. About 10 days ago Des Traynor posted this tweet: If you think Slack's product is easy or small, here…

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Supporting different developer "personalities" in Badgie

Apr 26, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

Not all developers are equal. People differ in many ways: gender, skin color, to name the most obvious, but also merely in personality traits. Some people are more competitive, and a challenge motivates them. Others seek self-improvement and want to challenge themselves. Even others are at their bes…

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Introducing Badgie

Apr 11, 2019 • Marco Cecconi

As I left Toptal, I got two weeks of paid leave and decided to use them to try and build a small web venture that had the potential to be cool. As I explained this to a few friends, I realized the idea could work. A few friends generously volunteered their extra nights, and we went on to work. In t…

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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.

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