Greetings, I’m Manuel. I’m a Maker with an engineering background (mechanical and software) living in Lisboa, Portugal. I love technology, innovation and DIY. Solving problems and fixing things is something that really gets me going.
In recent years people have called me an entrepreneur. Still trying to find out why and what that really means but I think that it has something to do with my response to "that's impossible, you can't do it".
Broken things aren't to be disposed of and working things can always be improved upon. DIY can be an awesome endeavor!
Being involved in several projects and having a software background, I ended up building and maintaining various websites.
I like to help make things grow and enable people to thrive using my skillset to do so. I do this in events and other similar spaces.
From 3D printing to electronics. From prototypes to products. I've created things, both alone and in a team, in the hardware space.
This school though me a lot. Really a lot! Started out as a Mechanical Engineer MSc Student, ended up switching to Software Engineering in 2012. Didn't graduate but I attended and acquired most of the skills tought there.
HackerSchool is awesome! Great people, the right atitude and the perfect mindset, all together there. My time there seamed to fly. Tons of projects, workshops, events,... For me it was an honour to help this association grow and to be part of the organization of LX Reactor 2015.
Innovating electronics for the airsoft battlefield. Ongoing product development and a couple of products translates into a small business which best seller product as sold 120+ units in Portugal and has a 0% failure rate (average failure rate of the competition is around 70%).
Productized was a great working experience. Joined to help the association with the talks and with the Productized Conference 2015. Did a bit of everything from sales to event planing and website and social media management.
At the begging of 2016 the No Bullshit Lab idea was presented to me and I just had to join in. It was an opportunity to create a fullsize LX Reactor with facilities out of a dream. The goal is to create a one of kind startup accelerator, focused on hardware startups allowing them to have better chances of overcoming the challenges of hardware.
FUSE.Works is No Bullshit Lab on steroids. At the end of 2016 we closed an investment deal on No Bullshit Lab that will allow us to grow faster and provide even better conditions to hardware startups, from prototiping facilities capable of producing their first batches to seed investiment.
Since I really like to help others, I've volunteered at several events and helped organizations put toghether events. Doesn't matter the area of the assignment, if there's something to be done, it gets done. Like they say in the portuguese military: "Missão dada é missão cumprida"
Basic Java knowlage
Basic Python knowlage
Basic Circuit Electronics
Regular & Heavy Tools
English (Advanced Level)
MS Office Tools
Team Work & Management
Final Cut Pro