Q & A with Oliver de Sousa Sequeira, Full Stack Engineer
We sat down with Oliver de Sousa Sequeira, one of our Full Stack Engineers, to find out what his day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what he really thinks of our company culture…
What inspired you to join Vortexa?
The two main draws were; I was fortunate enough to speak to Fabio, our CEO, during the interview process and when delving into the long-term vision of the company I was completely sold on the idea. Additionally, during the interview process the engineering team seemed really knowledgeable and we had some great discussions which left me feeling confident that I would learn a lot at Vortexa and be able to really push myself.
What would you say is the most interesting aspect of your role?
Getting to work on a wide range of projects, languages and frameworks. Vortexa promotes using the best tools for the job and we’ve recently started using Rust in parts of our codebase. It has been fun to learn and implement, and rewarding in terms of performance gains.
I think [Vortexa] is a very collaborative environment and people are always happy to discuss ideas and help each other, but will also challenge one another and generate interesting debates.
What have been some significant milestone moments for you at Vortexa?
Starting up my own pod and being entrusted with managing some key internal and external facing projects. The last year has been fantastic and I’ve learnt so much from the experience.
What does day-to-day life look like for you as the Full Stack Engineer?
Currently for me it’s a fine balance of coffee/code/management.
What key qualities make a Full Stack Engineer successful?
I think always being interested in learning and improving helps a lot. I find that being curious as to ‘why’ things work the way they do helps to expand your knowledge and understanding, and having a team around you with a similar approach helps to stimulate conversations and knowledge sharing.
The last year has been fantastic and I’ve learnt so much from the experience.
How would you describe the culture at Vortexa?
Excellent! I think it’s a very collaborative environment and people are always happy to discuss ideas and help each other, but will also challenge one another and generate interesting debates. There is also a great social culture, with lots of the teams mixing after work to go for drinks, climbing, exploring the city or getting involved in other hobbies if you wish (aka 40k).
What advice would you give to people hoping to join Vortexa?
Describe your working life at Vortexa in three words!
A fantastic journey!