I’m Stefan Botzenhart. Solopreneur, freelancer, Rails developer and automation junkie.
I live in a small town called Weissenhorn in Bavaria where I write code, educating others on how to automate their business processes, and prepare them for their cloud-native future. In my personal life, I am a husband and father of two beautiful children. Watching them grow up is a daily reminder that time is most precious and you have to choose wisely how you spend it.
My first computer was an Intel 80286 with a whopping 1MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. I got it at a time when computers at home were rare and very expensive. Ever since then I have been fascinated by computers and all the things you can do with them. Eventually I started programming. I switched from Windows to Linux and went down the rabbit hole.
During my computer science studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (formerly known as the University of Karlsruhe), I started my own business offering website services. Over the years, the business evolved from building websites to building custom and individual web applications. A solo freelance career eventually emerged from a handful of start-ups that did't take off, but provided plenty of space to learn things the hard way.
Today I work for large corporations, helping them navigate their cloud-native transformation journeys. The most exciting challenges are often the non-technical ones.
I love ruby, rails, and the entire ecosystem around it. This is where I feel most at home. For my solopreneur projects, I naturally use Ruby on Rails and Tailwind CSS. I automate things using terraform and ansible.