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Greetings from the Tarful Fun House, I’m Andrés!

Andres
Andres on May 17th, 2016

Howdy dear readers, my name is Andrés. I’m currently the youngest and newest member of the Tarful Team, and this is the story of how I got here.

It had been one month since I moved to Caracas to do a Master’s degree in Computer science. One day I saw on one of the walls of the University a flyer of Tarful looking for a new team member a web developer. The little neat black icon with cursive letters of the Tarful logo printed in a piece of paper caught my attention. Like with every aspect of my life, curiosity got the better of me. Simón, one of the founders of Tarful, was a few steps away with a handful of flyers.

That was the first time I talked with him. He told me that they were looking for a new developer and that, if I was interested, I should apply for the job. The team were all young, working in a cool office with some interesting projects. That night when I arrived home I thought Why not? I have some experience in web dev and some extra money could be good. So I decided to send an email with my resume.

A couple of days later I heard back from Simón about an interview for a job as a front end developer at Tarful. We had a video conference call from Chicago to Caracas with Sal, the other founder of Tarful. We talked about my experience, technical capabilities, and aspirations. After the interview I thought I did well, and apparently that was the case…

I wasn’t prepared for that final call. While I was walking in the campus of the university, donned with my new Star Wars t-shirt, and listening to a Weezer tune, I heard my cell phone ringing. It was Simón wanting to meet at the office that day in a few hours. I rushed to take a bus, trying to get there in time, and worried thinking about the frantic traffic of Caracas. I barely arrived in time.

When arrived at the offices and I saw the Impact Hub I was astonished: the beautiful polished wood doors, the little chairs made with beer boxes, the hip drawings on the walls… Simón gave me a brief tour and then we sat for a talk.

The Interview

Just like a regular interview, at first he just wanted to know more about me and my interests.

“Uhmm… I don’t know, I like to read and go to the movies, I guess”, I answered a little hesitantly.

“What good movies have you seen recently?” he asked.

To which I replied without hesitation: “The Force Awakens”.

“Oh, you like Star wars?” he asked with a glimmer in his eye.

And that was it for me. I was done for.

I geekily unzipped my hoodie showing the logo of Star Wars in my t-shirt, proving the hardcore fan that I am, and to my surprise, he also unzips his jacket, and lo’ and behold, he had Star Wars t-shirt too!

We laughed and exchange a “how cool are we?” look – we all know the truth though. Two weeks later, I was proudly starting my new job at Tarful.

So far, being part of the team or a Tarfuler has been a thrilling, challenging, and a really fun experience. Working with this little group of young, and not so young – cough…Jomag…cough – creative, and talented professionals that really care about their craft has been a great opportunity for me.

 

The force is strong with Tarful 😉