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Name: Patrick Atoon
Title: Senior Software Engineer
Where did you grow up? Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Two truths & a lie:
1. I’ve taught class in India.
2. I’ve conducted job interviews even though I have never been to an interview myself.
3. I’ve got over 100 scuba dives under my (weight) belt even though I’m not too keen on boats.
Lie: I actually went on an interview as a requirement for social security payment. Didn’t get the job.
What have you learned in your time at BlueConic – about startups, about your role, about your team, about yourself?
A: Nothing is set in stone in a startup. The team and your role in it are totally organic and flexible. Everyone gives their best to follow the plotted course. Sometimes it’s necessary to alter that course for a better outcome, which also means a new direction for the team. I love how we all just put our shoulders under it and raise that bar.
What has challenged you the most? How did you deal (or are you dealing) with that challenge?
A: : I was part of the NL team and was asked to come to the US to help out for a couple of months. This went so well, that I’m currently more or less permanently in the US, give or take a couple of weeks a year. For me, the challenge was to leave everything I loved behind; my home, my family, my NL team homies, the lovely city of Nijmegen and the NLs. I’m dealing with this challenge by having an awesome time with the US team in the awesome city of Boston, by checking the pan-oceanic cams in the office and by flying back every now and then.
If you could change one thing about your time here so far, what would it be?
A: I would have packed the whole US team in my suitcase to enjoy the Nijmeegse Zomerfeesten with me for my last trip back to the NLs.
What’s your advice to the newest members of the Crew (if you’ve been here) OR what was your acclimation to BlueConic like (for the newer folks)?
A: Realize that you are awesome and unique. Not only you, but also those around you. Grab this unique opportunity to learn from those around you!
Why are you at BlueConic – what was it about your interview that you remember and made you want to be here? What keeps you here?
A: : I’m here because I’m enjoying myself and I feel like I’m contributing. Not 100% of the time, of course. There are times when “enjoyment” seems to have been scratched from the dictionary or your only contribution was to not break any more things than you already broke. But overall I’m clearly in the plus. Hearing Bootz hit another high note, or rapping “Ladi Dadi” with Tall Pat will invariably bring a smile to my face.
In the near and middle term, what are you focused on? What would you like to do that you aren’t or haven’t been able to do?
A: Our Jira workflow sucks the life out of decent people. It needs to die. On a brighter note, my dream is to create a Hipchat bot that can talk to our Spotify machine.
What is your favorite BlueConic product feature?
A: I’m not sure if I’m spilling any beans with this, but product recommendations based on machine learning make me drool. Keep an eye on future releases!
What would others be surprised to learn about BC/your job?
A: I get to say “no” to Bart sometimes! I’d love to say it more often, but too often he is right. 😉
If you could switch roles with anyone else in the company for a day, whose job would you choose and why?
A: Any BDR. They’re doing a job that I could never do and they’re crushing it. If only people on the other side of the line knew how lucky they really are to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with them. And on top of that, they’re great people to have a drink with as well! Nothing but kudos here.
A: 3 maki combo: Tuna, Tuna Avo and Salmon Avo.
A: “De maatschappij, dat ben jij” – “society, that’s you”
What is something on your bucket list?
A: Become so successful that Cory gets her Tesla.
Who is your biggest hero?
A: MikeD. There’s nothing like working alongside The Dude! Plus he knows all good movies and speaks Dutch.
Favorite Spotify playlist at work:
A: Full disclosure: I created our Hip-hop playlist. I’d like to offer my apologies for picking all the explicit versions of songs!
A: OGP (yeah, you know me!)
What did you want to grow up to be when you were younger?
A: The IRS. Think of it; whenever money moves, you get to say “I need a cut!”.