People & Culture
Added Nov 12, 2021

Q & A with Stefan Mihaylov, Software Engineer

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Stefan is a Software Engineer in the Signal Processing and Enrichment Team (SPET), responsible for designing and building data processing systems that empower the rest of the company.

Prior to joining Vortexa, Stefan worked at Morgan Stanley as a Software Developer, looking after the services that enable the Equity Swaps business.  

Fun Fact: Stefan is a fierce anime fan!

We wanted to find out what inspired Stefan to join Vortexa, what some significant milestones have been and what advice he would give those hoping to join the company…


What inspired you to join Vortexa?

In simple terms, the culture, the people and the possibility to work together with those people on exciting projects. It was obvious from the interviews that Vortexa is driven by cooperation and innovation. On top of that, the waterborne energy market is full of interesting and exciting problems to solve and I couldn’t pass that up.

 

''...The company inspires collaboration, innovation and an inclusive environment. We are surrounded by talented people that are driven to improve the product, and with that, our thoughts and ideas are never left unheard.''

 

What would you say is the most interesting aspect of your role?

I am quite lucky to work in what is the root of the company. My team looks after all the data that comes into Vortexa and our job is to find innovative ways to enhance and share those with the rest of the company. Problems here can range anywhere from scaling live streaming services to finding ML solutions for filling in gaps in our data. This means that I have the opportunity and freedom to do pretty much any kind of engineering work. How cool is that?!

 

What have been some significant milestone moments for you at Vortexa?

A week after I joined, I was given the opportunity to own a core feature that would be visible on our platform. The turnaround from all my colleagues and the speed at which it was available to external clients amazed me. I still remember seeing it for the first time on our platform and thinking: “wow, this happened so quickly, and it works?!”. This company-wide unity in improving the platform and helping each other out is something I feel lucky to be a part of.

 

What does day-to-day life look like for you as a Software Engineer?

I think it's fair to say that monotony is not something Vortexa suffers from. Pretty much the only set thing we have is our daily standup where we discuss our progress, blockers and plan for the day. From there we can organise our work in any way we see fit. As we value collaboration strongly, on top of our individual contributions, we also participate in pair programming sessions, code reviews and learning initiatives.

 

''...It was obvious from the interviews that Vortexa is driven by cooperation and innovation. On top of that, the waterborne energy market is full of interesting and exciting problems to solve and I couldn’t pass that up.''

 

What key qualities make a Software Engineer successful?

A great Software Engineer is not scared to tackle problems outside of his domain of expertise. Our jobs are filled with opportunities to learn something new and, in fact, our success strongly depends on us taking those on. On top of that, being serious about testing, documentation and metrics will ensure people, and “future you”, will enjoy your work.

 

How would you describe the culture at Vortexa?

Vortexa’s success is deeply rooted in its culture and values. The company inspires collaboration, innovation and an inclusive environment. We are surrounded by talented people that are driven to improve the product, and with that, our thoughts and ideas are never left unheard.

What advice would you give people hoping to join Vortexa?

Be open-minded and honest. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and definitely don’t be afraid to apply.

Describe your working life at Vortexa in three words?

Together, better and stronger. 

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