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My lunilo.live journey

On the 10th of November 2020, a friend added me to a group call to discuss a startup idea. It was my friend, a guy I didn’t know yet, and me in the group call. The guy I didn’t know, named Luzius, had the idea to bring local artists, entertainers, comedians, performers to the digital age. He had this idea because of the Corona restrictions. Not only restaurants and shops were hit hard by this but also performers. They couldn’t perform in front of big crowds or any crowds anymore.
So the idea was to give them a platform to perform live. YouTube and Twitch don’t address this kind of artist because you need a huge following to survive on those platforms. So our idea was to put a paywall for the live performances. So we started the project with high hopes and dreams. The name of the platform was lunilo.live.

The Start

I started programming the platform. I was in charge of the whole backend and frontend development. We wanted to go live with our platform as quickly as possible to get first reactions and feedback. So to save time, we used solutions like AWS IVS for the live streaming part. This way, we already had a streaming backend. The rest of our backend programmed using node.js with apollo-server, a GraphQL framework. For the database, we were using MongoDB Atlas. And the frontend was realized using Vue.js. Frontend and backend were containerized and ran on the Google Cloud Kubernetes Platform.
I programmed all of this in my spare time, so in the evening and on the weekend. Because we wanted to go to market quickly, we took all possible shortcuts. Still, we paid attention not to create any big road blocks if we needed to scale rapidly in the future.

Our first artist

My team members were busy looking for artists interested in doing a live stream on our platform and preparing everything around the platform and live stream. They were the sale and the product owner of the team.
We had many artists interested in a platform like that, but none of them were ready to take on the risk of being the first to try such a format on our new platform. Too big was the fear of disappointing fans with a terrible stream experience or a format that doesn’t work online. So we searched for artists prepared to take this risk and go live with us.
In January, we found an artist couple willing to go this way with us. Their name Schreiber vs. Schneider. They just published their new book and wanted to do a reading. So we had our first artists ready to perform, and the date of the event was Valentines’ Day, the 14. February.

The deadline

Now we had two weeks to provide an MVP. Because they wanted to do a first test event on the 6. February. So the pressure was there to deliver. I worked like crazy those two weeks. I stayed up late almost every night to progress the code. On the 5th of February, we tested the platform and did a production deployment. We still had many changes to our product, so we pulled an all-nighter and finished just in time for the test event.
The test event went smoothly, and everybody participating in the test was satisfied with the result. We even got mentioned on a local news site. With this, we proved that our platform works, and we could proceed with the event on the 14th of February.

Our first real live stream

Before our first live stream on the 14th of February, we improved the user interface. We also implemented a one-way chat for the audience to interact with the artist. We also advertised the event on different channels. We sold over 100 tickets for the event, which was quite a surprise for us and the artists. The 14th came along, and we delivered a live stream with no significant hiccups. A small number of people had an issue watching the live stream. However, we later found out they were still using Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer should be banned from the Internet). All in all, it was a major success on our site and for the artists.

The End

Sadly, this was the last live stream I participated in as a member of lunilo. We split up because of differences in the founding team. Now only one team member remains to advance the platform.
All in all, it was a positive experience for me, and we sold tickets and had a successful live stream on the platform. I took my learnings from it and will approach the next big idea with more experience.

About the Author

Hello my name is Loris Scandurra and I am an engineer and project manager based in Switzerland. I write about issues I encounter during my work and other stuff that would be useful or entertaining to document. If you want to write me an E-Mail do so at ls@lorisscandurra.com

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My first blog post

Welcome to lorisscandurra.com! This is the first blog post on my new website. This blog is here to document the everyday issues I encounter during my work. This blog should help engineers solve some of their problems and help me remember the solutions I found in the past. I might also post some posts that are out of context about stuff I find interesting or entertaining.

I wanted to use this blog post to introduce myself better. My name is Loris Scandurra, but you can just call me Loris. I am an engineer and project manager. For the past 10 years, I worked in the IT sector, where I solved problems ranging from client/server engineering to front-end/back-end development. But my interest in technology and science began a lot earlier than that. In elementary school, I would enjoy math and physics classes. As soon as I started reading, my favorite books were history and science-related.

After elementary school and high school, I started an apprenticeship as a system engineer. It took me some time to find a position as a system engineer. There were only a few openings and a lot of people interested. But I managed to land an apprenticeship position that opened the gates to the IT world for me. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by it and even thought that I wasn’t adequate for the job. But after the first year, I managed to wrap my head around it and enjoyed my work. In the third year of apprenticeship, I excelled as a student. I got the highest grade consistently for the entire year. I also participated in the national championship for engineers called SwissSkills, where I got in 5th place (not really what I was aiming at). I competed the following year again and got in 1st place (finally reached my initial goal).

I successfully finished my apprenticeship and started university, where I pursued a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology for four years. During my studies, I was working almost full-time as a system engineer. I switched the company I was working for after the first year of university to a more customer-facing company away from an internal IT department. At the new company, I made a lot of experience regarding customer interaction and system engineering for a wide variety of stakeholders with different backgrounds and expectations. In the last year of my studies, I changed the company again to a small consulting company where I worked as a project manager.

Taken on my trip to San Francisco

Two years later, I quit my job as a project manager and went a month to California to experience the west coast lifestyle. I really enjoyed California, I visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. I really liked it there and their way of living (maybe I am doing a blog post on that in the future). After returning to Switzerland, I was a little lost and didn’t know what to next, I didn’t want to do the same thing I did before, I wanted to learn and experience new things. So I applied to the Apple Developer Academy in Naples. While the application process was running, I worked as a front-end engineer at a small developer office in Zurich. I was simultaneously working for a digital retailer where I helped with infrastructure issues and updating old infrastructure.

In August, I received the confirmation that I was accepted at the Apple Developer Academy in Naples and that it would start at the end of September. So mid-September, I went off to Naples to search for an apartment for the next nine months. I found a room in the center of Naples, which was well connected with public transport there. At the academy, I learned a lot about working in a diverse team with developers and designers (a more detailed look behind the scenes of the academy coming soon). I am still attending the academy until the end of June. Still, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am back in Switzerland.

And now we reached the present from here on I can’t narrate in detail what’s going to happen. But my ambition to learn and collect more experience in the IT sector is still hungry for more. My plans for the future are to start my own startup and try new things with customers who are willing to take risks and be innovative.

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About the Author

Hello my name is Loris Scandurra and I am an engineer and project manager based in Switzerland. I write about issues I encounter during my work and other stuff that would be useful or entertaining to document. If you want to write me an E-Mail do so at ls@lorisscandurra.com