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Pedro Pessoa

Developer

Bitbu

Co-Founder. (2020 - 2024)

Built with:

Golang
Svelte

Deployed on:

AWS S3
AWS EC2
Postgres
AWS Lambda
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Bitbu is a platform for musician colaborate online from idea to release. I started working on it with my brother in late 2020, primary with the goal of helping his own business as a music producer. At some point the tools we built seemed useful enough for the general public, so we started the company. As of January 2024, we have stopped actively working on it full time.

Frontend

Screenshot of home page of bitbu website

Developed using Svelte, a then-emerging JavaScript framework known for its performance and development speed. My prior experience with React and Vue facilitated a smooth transition to Svelte, allowing for rapid UI development without the complexities of Shadow-DOM, contributing significantly to project efficiency. Despite Svelte's smaller ecosystem and early-stage challenges, this choice enabled rapid prototyping and development, although it posed potential scalability and hiring challenges.

Backend

Screenshot of home page of bitbu website

Leveraged Go for its simplicity, type safety, and comprehensive web project support. We adopted a modular monolithic architecture to balance flexibility with simplicity, allowing for efficient scaling and service integration. The backend infrastructure included AWS EC2, AWS Lambda, AWS S3, and Postgres, supporting a robust and scalable platform.

Business

Screenshot of home page of bitbu website

Our startup journey highlighted the challenges of maintaining speed and efficiency in a minimal team setup. Despite significant cost savings compared to competitors, the reduced development speed hindered our ability to compete effectively. The venture concluded with minimal costs and revenues, underscoring the sustainability challenges of a lean startup approach.

Ludlow Kingsley

Frontend developer. (2020 - 2021)

Ludlow Kingsley is a Los-Angeles-based design studio. I was first interested to work with them after seeing their wonderful designs, and worked on a number of sites with the for a year. I asked to leave after buttoning up my final website, with the goal of spending my full-time working on Bitbu (see section above).

Jerde

Built with:

PHP icon PHP

Deployed on:

Cloudways
Github
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Screenshot of home page of bitbu website

As part of the Ludlow Kingsley team, I contributed to the Jerde website, a platform designed to showcase the client's extensive art collection. The project was a blend of creativity and technical challenge, involving unique layouts and image optimization strategies to enhance performance and user engagement.

Zinc Cafe

Built with:

PHP icon PHP

Deployed on:

Cloudways
Github
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Screenshot of Zinc Cafe website

Zinc Cafe is a cafe, market, and bar focused on both customer and employee experiences.

The client a simple, fast website that was immediately useful to their customers. The Ludlow Kingsley (LK) designers had already started this project by the time I joined LK, so I started from the finished design. The final product was implemented using LK's own CMS, along with some PHP to connect to it.

Although very simple in term of actually programming, this project taught me the value of design and simplicity when it comes to sharing information with customers and potential clients.

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