May 29, 2019 by Hedgehog

We are Hedgehog: Spotlight on Senior Developer João Neto

portrait of Joao NetoJoão Neto recently joined Hedgehog as a Senior Solutions Developer. 

What attracted to you Hedgehog? 
I first came across Hedgehog when I started to work with Sitecore using their tool TDS Classic. What drew my attention was the company’s innovation and their presence within the Sitecore community –  participating in official Sitecore events, such as SUGCON and Symposium, and sponsoring the community with Hackathon and Sitecore User Groups.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
I like having to deal with different types of markets and learning new technologies. I believe working at Hedgehog will give me these opportunities. 

Tell us a little bit about your background working with Sitecore.
I started to work with Sitecore in 2016. At that time, there was only one company in Brazil that provided Sitecore consultancy. I was fortunate enough to have all the Brazilian Sitecore MVPs as colleagues. In 2017, working together with friends, I won the Sitecore Hackathon competition. In that same year, I moved to The Netherlands to work for a company that builds Sitecore implementation for banks and insurance companies. Fast forward to 2018, I became a Sitecore MVP for the first time and was named Sitecore MVP again this year. To my surprise, I also won in the Sitecore Hackathon again in 2019. 

What advice would you give to anyone aspiring to become a Sitecore MVP?
First, get involved with the community through channels such as the Sitecore Community Slack, Twitter, and Stack Exchange. Second, understand the community. Lastly, start sharing anything you find valuable for the community. Some people have asked other MVPs to be their mentors. This can be helpful if they are unsure about how to get started. Another important thing is to remember it’s not about quantity but quality. 

If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? 
A fire starter, a pan, and a knife. 

Tell something people would be surprised to know about you. 
I’m Brazilian, but I don’t like football. 

What superpower do you wish you had? 
Super eyes, so I could read book in a few seconds like Superman. 

What show are you binge watching right now? 
I’m currently into Stephen King. I finished watching The Mist and am now watching Under the Dome. 

What is your greatest accomplishment? 
It’s winning Sitecore Hackathon twice and being awarded Sitecore MVP two times in a row. 

João works out of Hedgehog’s Amsterdam, Netherlands Office. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.


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