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I write essays about engineering leadership, management or productivity and every Thursday, you will receive one directly in your inbox.

What to Expect?

  • One original essay of at least 1500 words, delivered straight to your inbox or readable on the Substack app, every week.

  • Hours of research and real-world experience condensed into easily understandable articles.

  • Nice and clear visuals to explain complex concepts, theories, and frameworks.

  • Learn about engineering management, leadership and productivity in a way that you would usually only learn with a dedicated coach.

  • Connect with me to dig deeper in any of the topic I write about.

Why Should You Become a Paid Subscriber?

Whether you are a first-time Engineering Manager or an experienced one, or even an Engineer aiming to advance in your career, The Hybrid Hacker newsletter is an invaluable resource that already covers a wealth of knowledge and resources you can apply to your everyday job. This means hours and hours of research, experiences, and insights I applied first-hand with the teams I manage, all condensed into easily readable articles always at your disposal.

But there's more. With the paid subscription plan, if you stay with me for at least 6 months, you'll receive a 30-minute Mentoring Call, a valuable offering in itself that justifies the cost of the newsletter.

Moreover, please consider that writing this newsletter is a significant investment for me (I've calculated that I invest $4k+ every month to produce it). Therefore, I would be immensely grateful if you supported my work.

What is a Hybrid Hacker?

A Hybrid Hacker can be thought of as a "Swiss Army Knife" of problem-solving. A Hybrid Hacker possess a diverse set of skills, ranging from technical expertise to creative thinking. Mixing these skills allows them to approach challenges from multiple angles, making them highly adaptable and resourceful. They are always looking for new ways to improve and evolve, which makes them experts in different fields. They are the ultimate problem solvers, always ready for any challenge that comes their way.

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Nicola Ballotta

With 25 years of experience under my belt, I am a seasoned veteran of the Internet industry. I have a proven track record of successfully leading teams of engineers and developing cutting-edge products that push the boundaries of technology.