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People Behind the Project: Marco Carrera

People Behind the Project – Marco Carrera

You told us you want to know more about the people behind your projects. You got it. This is the 20th profile in that series.

Marco Carrera

Software Engineer

How do you help clients?
I put great care in my job, making sure I deliver quality software. That means writing code that does what it’s supposed to do, without errors.

What led you to here?
I was working for a company that was experiencing exponential growth. While I was in a relatively good position, I found I have more inspiration while working in a small group, where I can create less superficial connections with my peers, and everybody counts and can make a difference.

Tell us about your background or training. 

I was born and raised in Italy, and I started dealing with computers at an early age. In 2005, I had the opportunity to move to the States, and to complete my education in computer science. I have been a professional in IT, with various roles, for over 15 years.

What is your work mantra? 
Focus and dedication. Get the job done first, then worry about the rest.

What guides you?
I try to do what I know to be right, even if doesn’t pay right away. It’s also very important to continue to grow as a person and as a professional.

What are you reading?
I just started “Your Brain is a River, Not a Rock” by Dr. Fred Travis. I had the pleasure to attend some of his lectures on brain and consciousness. What I got so far is, “We create our own reality.” Through the choices and experiences we make today, we shape the brain we’ll have tomorrow.

Who do you follow? 
Nobody in particular. I try to get inspiration from successful people, in particular athletes, but not only them. A while ago I read “The Virgin Way: If It's Not Fun, It's Not Worth Doing” by Sir Richard Branson. It made clear that it’s very important to love and have passion for what you do, at work and in life. If something doesn’t work out, you have to have the honesty to admit it, and move on.

What’s your favorite app? 
The Weather Underground app. It has a cool Doppler radar map, and it allows users to submit their reports.

Where do you see the field going in 1-3 years? 
Virtual reality, wearables, and robots (drones, etc.) are the hot things right now. By the end of this decade, we’ll probably see things that are hard to imagine today. Too bad there are only 24 hours in a day.