Mariana Barbosa

Mariana Barbosa


Time in tech 6 years
Current role Startups, Entrepreneurs & Innovation Editor @ ECO + Chicas Poderosas Portugal
Place of origin Rio Maior

Tell us more about you:

Early years and where you came from?

I was born in Coimbra but I always lived in Rio Maior, where almost my father’s family lives. I don’t remember being the only child because my first sister was born when I was 13 months old. I always studied in public schools: first in Rio Maior and then, at the university, in Lisbon and Madrid. I started working as a journalist in 2007 and, in 2009, I integrate the founders team of i newspaper. I’ve been invited for launching Dinheiro Vivo project and I founded fazedores movement, in that website. On september 2016, I joined the founders team of ECO, as an editor to innovation, startups and entrepreneurs issues. Meanwhile I lived and worked in Buenos AIres, and in New York.

How were you introduced to the world of the Portuguese tech industry?

Almost every startup story has a tech story. So, I’ve been introduced and realized that tech can be the secret for almost every business nowadays by doing interviews, talking to people and knowing #fazedores (makers, people who do things). Then, when I was in Buenos Aires, I met Mariana Santos who is the founder of Chicas Poderosas project, which has the goal to improve tech skills in girls to empower them at newsrooms. At that time, I started to learn how to code, not for being a developer but to know how to talk to them. Good work is always a question of empathy, I guess.

Walk me through your work and what you are doing now in the tech industry.

In september 2016 I’ve been invited to join ECO’s newsroom, a new media website that we launched on october. My idea to the issues I manage there is to give voice to entrepreneurs and make their stories to be tilled and meaningful. They are so inspiring people that they deserve to be known.

What part of what you do, you love the most?

Being outside, talking to people. The privilege to know new people every day and telling their stories. To watch their projects growing. To watch them starting new projects.

How do you think that your background and knowledge impact the way you approach your work in the Portuguese tech industry?

There are two things that I believe are the most valuable characteristics to do what I do: empathy and curiosity.  Empathy to talk to people and absorb their best and most inspiring stories. And curiosity to ask everything I want to know and then tell the story. The rest is a bit of lucky.

What advice do you have for young women that want to get into tech and don’t know where to start?

Don’t think too much and just start. Read, talk to people, exercise, try and fail a lot. Fail fast for succeed soon.

Walk me through a day in your life as a Portuguese women in tech.

I am lucky, I know, but I never have the same day twice. We work on shifts, so depending on the week, a I go to the gym in the morning or evening. I wake up early, read the big national and international news while I eat my breakfast at home. Pick the metro and the bus, take a lot of pictures on my way to work and share the best one on Instagram. Work long hours, always talking to different people, inside and outside ECO. Lunch at work, busy all day, go home or cinema, talks or conferences. Cook dinner, have dinner, read a little. Sometimes some TV series, movies or just bed. :)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t take yourself too serious. Do your best, always.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Whatsapp for everything, citymapper and Google Maps to choose the right and easiest way to go. Instagram to inspire.

Links that you want to share?

My new baby: