At Topcoder I was able to work on my own for the first time, so it has opened me to other ways to earn some money, learn and practice a lot of really nice technologies.
I haven't competed so much, but the Predix UI projects were a lot of fun to compete, and the technology was great.
To be able to compete on the TCO finals, being kind of new guy on Topcoder.
The first time I won a challenge, in a framework in which I had never worked, so I got paid for learning and build an awesome project at the same time.
Any rock, punk or metal album that I like, the faster and louder the better 😀
Just can remember these:
The Cave, José Saramago
Physics of the impossible, Michio Kaku
On the competitions that I won, I just have worked with Lunarkid, and it was such a nice experience to work with him, he was very helpful and available for any answer or feedback.
All the competitors that were able to score high in a competition are most valuable source of inspiration for me.