Mauro Botelho, Technical Director of eCommerce and Member Services, Turner Broadcasting | Director Profile | ATLANTA TREND

A Developer at Heart

By Sera Turgut, Atlanta Trend

Mauro Botelho, currently the technical director of eCommerce and Member Services at Turner Broadcasting, grew up in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a city with an area of 588 square miles and over 11 million residents.

Inspired at the age of 13 by the potential of the video gaming industry, Botelho began developing at a time when PCs were still very new to the Brazilian market. Botelho describes his early exposure to computers and developing:

“The Brazilian market was closed to any outside computers, so we only had Brazilian computers that were, basically, copies of the American computers. My dad and I had a clone of a TRS80 and he bought a clone of an apple too, so that’s where I started coding…After doing some games, my dad, who is a consultant and provides software for small companies in Brazil, said, ‘Why don’t you write this piece of code for one of my clients?’ So, I started working on...a video club management system that allowed a company to know who borrowed what tape…and then, from there, I just kept writing more and more applications”.

Botelho’s professional career began in Brazil with A.C. Nielsen. It was through this company that he was able to experience the U.S. for the first time while on a business trip to visit their media sector in Tampa. When asked what brought him to the U.S., Botelho jokingly refers to his first two American meals—burgers, Dr. Pepper, and barbecue. However, he makes sure to clarify that his interest in living in the U.S. was more than just an affair. Essentially, the quality of life was what got his attention and later motivated him to apply to an ad for jobs in the U.S.

After working with A.C. Nielsen, Botelho had a brief stint with another company whose service utilized Advertisement Expenditure Measurement to calculate the amount of money people spent as a result of television advertising. It was during this time that Botelho discovered an ad in the paper for jobs located in the U.S. Coincidentally, the company was no longer doing well and he applied to the job on a whim. He admits that his first thought was, “‘There’s no way I’m going to be hired, but…I’m going to send my resume and, hopefully, something will happen’”. However, as Botelho elaborates: “The next day I got an interview that I didn’t expect and I figured, ‘Well, now they’re going to offer me peanuts to work there…’, but they made me an offer to pay me exactly what I was making in Brazil at the time, and the conversion rate was favorable, so it all made sense for me to come over”.

Botelho first worked in the U.S. under a consulting company with an H1 visa. His assignments involved developing tools internally for the company as well as working on IXL through external contracts—which is how he arrived at his current position. While working on a website project, Botelho had the opportunity to connect with employees at Turner Broadcasting and, as fate would have it, a senior developer was in the process of changing jobs and relocating. As a result of Botelho’s expertise, Botelho was recommended by the senior developer as his replacement, hired shortly after, and, eventually, promoted to technical director.

Currently, Botelho codes solely at home as a personal hobby; however, he is still very passionate about developing and stays up to date not only for recreational purposes, but for professional purposes as well. Botelho mentions that, “Utilizing my knowledge of development is an important part of my job…knowing where the industry is going and then moving in the right direction. For example, knowing that everybody’s moving away from flash is important…I need to be sure that what my team is developing is moving in the same direction as the industry…and that the developers are aware of the latest trends and productivity tools that are out there”.

As a result of his development experiences, Botelho is most proficient in Java, but his preferred coding language is Ruby because of its high productivity. Additionally, Botelho believes that Java use is beginning to decline and, eventually, will be replaced by newer programming languages such as Ruby. His current personal development projects involve learning more NoSQL databases, such as: CouchDB, MongoDB and Cassandra.



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