Volusion is what it is because of the people who work within its walls, so we thought we’d tell you more about some of those people! What makes them tick? Why do they come to work each day? And what do they look forward to doing when they leave the office? In this Employee Spotlight series, you’ll get a glimpse at one featured employee each month. This month, we talked to Associate Software Developer Timbo de Sosa. Here’s what he had to say:
What do you do here at Volusion?I’m an associate software developer! I’m helping with the effort to modernize our software, while simultaneously working on fixing existing bugs.
How did you get into the field?I started in customer service in 2012, and then after two years I moved over to the QA department testing the software while learning to code, and then midway last year I became an associate developer, or “baby developer” as I like to call it. Hopefully this year I’ll make the switch to full-on developer, or “real boy developer” as I like to call it.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?Our software has been around for a long time, so there are multiple layers to it, and sometimes it’s tough to reconcile the older layers with new things we want to do. It has been described as trying to make upgrades to an airplane while it is flying, which is to say it can be a very delicate process.
What are you most proud of in your career? What about outside of your career?In my career, I’m most proud of how far I’ve come in five years. I had no idea when I applied for a customer service job that I would end up coding for a living. Pretty good for a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature!
Outside of my career, I’m most proud of my microfinance lending to small business owners around the world. Over the last few years, I’ve made 158 loans totalling almost $14,500. Having available credit has kept me out of some really bad situations, and I think it’s important that everyone has that chance, especially small business owners in developing nations. Also, I’ve only been defaulted on one time!
What do you love most about Volusion?They’re trying to kill me. We get so much free food! Once on our July 4th celebration I had so many chili dogs that I had to go home sick. I keep a giant pho bowl at my desk that comes in handy when we have Indian food for Diwali or Tex Mex for Cinco de Mayo. It is known as the “Timbowl.”
What’s the first thing you do when you get off work?Last year the answer was pretty much always “go home and take off my pants,” but this year I’m trying to be more active, so now two days a week I do yoga after work. The other days are still home and pants, though.
What do you like to do in your spare time?/ What are your hobbies?I am very much into the McElroy family of podcasts. I think I listened to about 500 hours of their podcasts last year. I also play a lot of games, both board and digital. I’ve been in the same game of Dungeons and Dragons for the last nine years, and we’re pretty close to stopping the Nine-Tongued Worm from another dimension that’s trying to devour our world. Actually, it’s still kind of touch and go.
Where are you going on your next vacation?My mom is a travel agent, so we go on an awesome vacation every year. Last year was Holland, this year is Ireland! I don’t know anything that we’re doing because she plans it all with her travel agent magic, but I’m sure it’s going to be fun, and I’m sure I’m going to have some Guinness.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?My friend’s grandmother passed away, and she couldn’t afford a plane ticket to Atlanta to attend the funeral. I decided we would drive to Atlanta together so she could attend, but I only had one day of PTO available, so we left Tuesday after I got off work, drove fifteen hours straight through the night to Atlanta, she attended the funeral Wednesday while I slept, and then we drove straight back to Austin. I got back just in time for a very sleepy day at work on Thursday morning!
If you could open an online store, what would you sell?I would sell ideas for online stores, and no, you’re not getting a free one right now.