Employee Spotlight: Nicholai GoodallMay 27, 2016
Nicholai has a bright personality, which sometimes shows through in his vibrant hair ( ), but most often shows through in his upbeat spirit and passion for his work. On any given day, Nicholai can bring a smile to your face. His genuine friendliness and playful nature shatter the misconception that all developers are people-adverse, nocturnal beings. Needless to say, it’s always a privilege to walk into the office and work beside a person as talented and fun as he.
1. Before working at Zoomph, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Besides years of working as a barista, I worked for a Medicaid-based company called Public Partnerships, LLC for over 5 years. I was assigned to be a friend and helper to families with children with special needs. It is amazing how something as simple as a walk in a park and friendly conversation can be so helpful for those in need. It is even more amazing how much I learned about myself through these conversations.
2. Three words to describe Zoomph (platform or culture):
Driven, audacious, and exhilarating.
3. Current social media trend that you adore?
Cassettes! I have always collected them intermittently, but recently high-quality community sellers have been popping up on Twitter. I am highly addicted. I get several tapes per week and I love listening to them. It is very DIY, which is a major part of the fun. It is always cool getting little notes, stickers, and candies with the tapes.
4. What would people never guess that you do in your role?
Research things outside of work. I read a lot of documentation while at work, but I do the same for technologies outside of work, even if they aren’t directly related to what I do. Learning the newest tools in computer science helps me stay well-rounded and interested in the trade.
5. If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
I tend to get temporarily focused on eccentric hobbies, so I would likely write a how-to book on one of the hobbies. Possible titles include: “How to Dj Atlanta Trap-Rap,” “How to Refinish a Guitar on the Cheap,” and “How to Do a J-Hop on a BMX Bike.”
6. What is your personal philosophy?
Relax, and keep moving forward.
7. If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Probably a rock star! I initially got into college for a degree in Jazz Guitar. I love learning about computer science, but it is sometimes fun to look back and think “what if.”
8. What emoji describes you best?
9. What is your preferred social media channel and why?
Twitter, with Instagram in second place. I like how it’s more focused on internet presence than Facebook. On Facebook, your friends follow your timeline because they know you in person. On Twitter, most of my followers just like reading my content. At least, that’s what I like to think.
10. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?
To keep bettering yourself. Keeping a portfolio for something you do (no matter how small) and contributing to it over the years always pays back dividends in the future!
11. Top 3 things left on your bucket list?
- Enjoy a night at a jazz club in Prague, CZ.
- Visit the grave of Nujabes in Tokyo, JP.
- Own a 1972 Chevrolet El Camino with a Nissan RB26DETT engine.
12. You’re happiest when…
I get to see my sisters and parents. Close ties for second are: hanging out with my cat while listening to music, and drinking a well-made americano while coding at a coffee shop.
13. What is your most treasured possession?
My kitty, Elon Musk. He is more of a partner in crime than a possession, but he is always by my side. Sometimes, he’s needy. Other times, he’s temperamental, but he is always there to say hello when I come back home.
14. Top 3 Highlights of your life:
- Meeting Camille, my sister. While I do have my other sister, Melanie, both of us can agree that meeting Camille changed our lives forever. She was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome at birth, and none of us would change her for the world. I am truly grateful to have her as my sister.
- Competing for the Monbusho Scholarship. In the eyes of Japan’s Ministry of Education, I was ranked in the top 4 researchers of southeast US for 2015.
- Getting to visit my family in south France. The Mediterranean life is infinitely relaxing, and my quirky family is always fun to talk to.
15. What is your proudest moment at Zoomph?
Every time I hear back that a customer liked a visual or other web part that I made. For example, hearing that the Redskins loved their Gametime website drove it home for me that people appreciate what we do here at Zoomph.
16. What has been the greatest innovation/team achievement that you’ve witnessed while at Zoomph?
I may be a little biased, considering how new this is, but our new platform redesign is something that I am immensely proud of! The entire team put in a ton of hours to make sure that it looks and works great, and the redesign is the biggest change to the platform that I have been a part of.