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Rocket @ Porto

Porto is a source of good value programmers. So does think Rocket Internet, the german e-business reference in Europe, recently muscled with additional €300 million, who just opened a development center in Portugal.

I talked with Miguel Pinto, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Rocket Internet’s Porto Development Center about the noise he is creating in the local market. “We are looking for people with different profiles, from junior and senior developers to usability, quality assurance and project management professionals, so it’s natural that the 130 people we’ve hired in less than 4 months made some difference”, Miguel confirmed. I’ve been also told the hiring spree will continue to meet “the company demand for additional development teams” but any number is “nothing but a free estimate, only the future will tell”.

Miguel Pinto is managing the Portuguese branch for 4 months now and was kind of doing it all, or wouldn’t that be the startup spirit. “I wish construction work could be more reliable”, he complained regarding the new office. They will be occupying two floors of an office building just in the city business center, going up from “a few offices and rooms nearby”. Miguel’s 10 year developer experience was a key reference for this role. He is also an entrepreneur, currently with two projects in hand. Would this be all about it? “We’ll see. Very soon”, Miguel answers.

And so it goes, right in Boavista roundabout. You might very soon join the dozens of new faces we see around during lunch time or coffee breaks. Those who apply might have the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Berlin (I know I’d like it) learning the Rocket way of working and kick start a project where they’ll continue to work at when they return to Porto. Check Rocket Internet’s site for the current opportunities.

And be aware, the next time you’re browsing Zalando, Groupon, TopTarif or eDarling, you might be using some bits and widgets made in Porto.

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Reinaldo Ferreira
Reinaldo Ferreira
Reinaldo Ferreira is a serial entrepreneur and investor in technology companies. He lives in Porto and writes mostly about Portuguese startups and technology topics.


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