Featured Tamer: David
Yep, two "Daves" in a row in our Featured Tamer spotlight. Here at cloudtamer.io, we have four (and counting) Daves. We need to grow our nicknaming skills. In the meantime, meet David, our VP of Software Engineering.
1. Being one of cloudtamer.io's first employees, what has your experience been watching the company grow into what it has become?
Joe, Matt, Eric, and I have been working together for almost 4 years. In that time we've seen cloudtamer.io evolve from an idea to a piece of commercial software. This has been amazing, but even more amazing has been the growth of our team, both in size and as individuals. I think for me that growth is most obvious when I look back at old code snippets. I have grown A LOT as a developer in the last 4 years.
2. For those reading this who might not know what a typical day looks like for you, explain your role at cloudtamer.io.
My favorite part of my job is probably the problem solving, especially the challenge of writing clean and concise code to accomplish a complex task. Before quarantine I was usually up around 5am and in the office by 6. Now that I am working from home my day starts closer to 6:30 or 7. In either case I love the quiet of the early morning to focus and solve complicated problems.
By 10 the rest of the team is usually all online and firing on all cylinders. From about 9am to 3pm I'm in a series of meetings. Some more fun than others. My two favorite types of these meetings are brainstorming sessions where we try to figure out a way past a technical challenge, or a knowledge exchange session where one or two other members of the team are either teaching me something or learning from me.
To go back to the first topic, learning from others on the team has been one of the highlights of our recent growth.
3. What would you say has been the most rewarding part of being at cloudtamer.io?
Our goal as a company is to make people’s lives easier in the cloud, and the most rewarding moments are when I hear that we've succeeded in this mission. Usually this is in the form of hearing good news from one of our delivery or support team members about how they were able to address a customer’s needs using cloudtamer.io.
While this is great, I think even more rewarding is when we have internal successes. Teaching and learning from other members of the team is not just rewarding but a lot of fun. In my career I have always sought to learn, grow my skill set, and teach others. This is why I have bounced around so much between different industries. The great thing about working on cloud technology is that the field is growing and evolving so quickly that there is no risk of getting bored or learning everything. There are always new and exciting technologies.
4. Recently, you put together a Strava Challenge to raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Absolutely. While the ultimate outcome of this was a charitable donation, the original impetus was somewhat selfish. I've been trying to start running but, like many people, hate running. I figured if I could come up with a sufficient incentive I would be more inclined to spend my time running instead of sitting in front of the computer (something I still manage to do quite a lot of). Anyways, I reached out to coworkers and family members, and got enough people that wanted to support a good cause while also motivating cloudtamer.io employees to do something positive for their own physical and mental health. In the end we raised $800 for a number of charities designed to help those suffering the most during these challenging times.
5. It sounds like the cloudtamer.io team likes to stay pretty active. What else do you enjoy in your free time?
I used to do a lot of rock climbing, but with my hectic work schedule and need to get home to my awesome dogs that became unsustainable. During the week I spend a lot of time walking my dogs and have also started running. When I have the time though, my two favorite forms of recreation are probably cycling and sailing.
Not to give the wrong impression, I also have a lot of less health-conscious hobbies. I love cooking and even more than that, I love eating. That certainly gives me something to motivate the exercise. :p
6. Is it true that Max is the unofficial mascot for cloudtamer.io?
Yes, but both of the @bmorepuppers (Max and Grady) are well represented!
Max, Grady, and David
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Ashley is the operations specialist at cloudtamer.io.