The S.T.U.P.I.D. Email – Aug 8, 2021

By Bruno Souza | event

Aug 08

Skill, Thought, Unique, Person, Interesting, Daring
A fun, weekly round of Career ideas!

The past two days, 36 speaker and 600 professionals met to discuss and celebrate the Developer Career Day!

Here are a few highlights!


So many skills were discussed!
A few I was really interested in:

– Automation. Both for our development process, but also for our daily activities. Sebastian Daschner showed us many useful automations. He automates even moving the mouse out of the way! That’s what using every bit of your productivity time looks like.

– Negotiation. Kenneth Kousen’s discussion on helping your boss was an amazing lesson on negotiation skills. Helping your boss will really help your career!

– Writing. Barry Burd’s lessons on writing were an inspiration. Specially since I’m trying to get more consistent in writing. Looking forward to apply his suggestions.


“The most precious thing you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a part of your life to them.”

Both Sebastian Daschner and Edson Yanaga echoed this amazing insight.

You give your time when you come to an event, and meet with the speakers and other developers.

They give their time to you when they came and are there answering your questions.

This is building a relationship.


I had a unique conversation with Mary Grygleski about working together.

Many fruits and results for YOU will came out of that.

She has skills and focus that I don’t have.
And vice versa.

This is for me the main reason for participating in events: build relationships and finding things that we can compliment each other and work together.

Because working together and supporting each other with what we have best is what make us grow.


Women play an AMAZING role in the IT industry. So, I’d like to recognize the MANY women that made this event possible and a success!

My wife Karina Souza, that not only organized the event, but helped me stay sane before and during it.

My daughters Juliana Souza, that worked a lot to prepare and run the event. Even in the last minute of the event, she was still adjusting things for me. And Lara Souza, that offloaded many of the event tasks from my plate, so I could focus on you!

Yara Senger, a long time friend that helped me with insights and her amazing experience. And also gave me the honor to be there for the opening of the event. Can’t thank you enough!

The many speakers — Csilla Szántó, Heather Vancura, Jennifer Nicholson, Karina Varela, Mary Grygleski, Paula Santana, Yara Senger — that brought their unique expertise and awesome development experience to all of us.

Karen Favaro and Mariana Ambrosio that were behind the scenes organizing the event, preparing the venue, supporting the speakers and the audience.

And specially, all the women that joined the event, asked questions, shared their stories. Monica Coutinho will represent them all, because she faced her fears and joined me on the stage, really making the best of the event!

To all of you that I mentioned here, and the ones that I surely forgot to mention, THANK YOU.

And congratulations for investing in your career!


The beauty of a career event is that we had always have some different topics!

Two topics that you don’t see much:

– How to build a financially independent career. Guilherme Poyares had some great insights on building long term wealth focused on what we developers can do.


– Health. Pedro Boscov had practical advices for developers to take care of our health, including food and exercise. He offered practical, actionable tips, that we can apply easily.


Dare to spend some time this week looking at the recordings for last year’s event.

(The recordings for this year will be available in the near future).

There is so many amazing insights!
Your career will thank you for that.
It will be time well spent!

Hope you enjoyed those tips! Let me know what you need to get your career moving!


About the Author

Software developers have a huge impact in the world, and can effectively improve the planet. This is why Bruno Souza is passionate about developer communities and has dedicate his life to help developers worldwide reach their true potential. The "Brazilian JavaMan" is a Java Developer at Summa Technologies, and a Cloud Specialist at ToolsCloud, where he participated in some of the largest Java projects in Brazil. President of SouJava and Director at the Open Source Initiative, Bruno believes Java and Open Source to be the path to career excellency for developers everywhere, and that taking responsibility for delivering software is the mark of great developers.