Meet Miguel Machado. A full-stack developer at HomeHero, Miguel moved from a village in Portugal with a population of twelve people to Lisbon where he started his career in an AI translation company and then across the channel to us. Recently celebrating a year at HomeHero, here’s what he’s learnt so far.
1. Small Teams Hold You Accountable
This one I should’ve predicted when I made the move from a bigger company to a growing startup. You have a lot more responsibility when a part of a smaller engineering team. Most of the decisions – and how to carry them out – have much more weight on each individual team member, which creates healthy accountability in the team.
2. Prioritisation is a vital skill in startups
I’ve learnt how to prioritise things myself, rather than rely on a manager. Before HomeHero I was at a medium-sized company where everything was handed down to me by priorities and I really didn’t get to pick my approach or have a say over how it fit in with everything else going on.
3. New Company, New Language
In terms of my development work, a big change was getting back to Rails after a long time with Django. I had some previous experience with Rails but my main work had always been with Django and it was nice to finally make the switch. So far I don’t have any regrets.
4. Personal Development
I’m from Portugal and this was my first job in the UK so there was definitely a culture shift when it comes to the little things. There are certain habits you don’t get over here like having a big lunch with the team, espressos after meals, and drinking wine with every meal. Back home we’d drink a little at lunch and dinner, and 0.5 litres would cost just 1-2 Euros!
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