Member of the Band – Gorilla Victor Guzman

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today!

Víctor Guzmán

Víctor is one of our talented Ruby on Rails and Javascript engineers at Gorilla Logic. Outside of technology, Victor’s passion is music. He’s played electric guitar for 10 years and considers himself a guitar-geek (He could spend hours talking about guitars and gear). He also loves skateboarding, which is something he does in his spare time to stay healthy and clear his mind.

Where’s your hometown? – I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. I’ve lived all my life in a town called Paso Ancho.

What’s your spirit animal? – Well, I actually had to take an online quiz to answer this. My spirit animal is the snake.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? – In 2011 I had the chance to visit Seattle. I fell in love with the city. It was November and rainy. I remember walking the streets and finding coffee shops on every block. The food and the people were just amazing. I am planning to visit Seattle in the near future.

Best advice you have received personally or professionally? – “Always be humble and willing to learn from everyone. Every person has something to teach you.”

What is an underrated product that you believe deserves more attention? – Tea! Everybody loves coffee, but I think tea should be just as popular.

If you could perform on stage with one famous musician/group, who would it be and why? – U2 for sure. They are my favorite band of all time. Last year I had the chance to watch them live and they are simply awesome! Their shows are majestic and epic: a combination of energy and emotion.

How do you spend your free time? – I am a person with several hobbies and passions. My main passion is music, so I usually spend my free time playing guitar or making audio sketches in Ableton Live. On the other hand, I like extreme sports. Every time I get a spare moment, I like to go to the skatepark with my skateboard.  Additionally, I love reading development blogs and making programming challenges. I also spend a lot of time with my family.

If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be? – Despite the bad things we see these days, I really like the present. Maybe it would be interesting to travel back to the 1960’s – 1980’s to see the evolution of modern computers from the beginning.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? – A cartoon named “Regular Show”. I love that show! It has a nice 80’s vibe and really elaborate humor. I enjoy it a lot.

Best childhood memory? – 15 September 1999. I was nine years old and it was Independence Day in Costa Rica. I had the chance to lead my school’s marching band for about 10 minutes. It was unexpected and amazing.

Where do you go to relax and recharge? – Often to the mountains; especially when it’s raining. 

What’s one of your most embarrassing memories? – In my former job, I was writing an email as a draft to myself with silly notes included. I was planning on making it more formal and readable later, before sending it out to my team. I somehow ended up sending the draft email. That was not the worst part! It was sent to the company group and EVERYONE in the company got that silly email.

What made you want to work at Gorilla Logic? – A friend of mine started working here. She told me that it was a great place. In that moment I was looking for a change in my web development career, so it was a great opportunity to move forward. Fortunately, I made the cut and I couldn’t be happier.

What is your personal motto? – “Work hard and push yourself to achieve the things you dream of.”

Who are the biggest cheerleaders in your life? – My two younger brothers. Indirectly they are a huge motivation in my life. I say indirectly because they are not always explicitly cheerleading me, but I want to be a good example and older brother for them.

Best advice when meeting with a client? – Always be respectful, but also don’t be shy. Try to find common interests and topics to talk about.

Favorite tech blog/website/publication? – Lately, I’ve been very into the Free Code Camp’s blog posts on Medium. They are really helpful and honest about development. I also recommend every blog post written by David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Rails.

What motivated you to pursue working in your current field? – I’ve always liked technology. When I discovered the programming world I was sure that it was perfect for me because I consider myself a very pragmatic and methodic person. However, to my surprise, development has improved my creative, artistic and social skills as well.

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world? – The most important: the ability to always learn new things. Technology is evolving and changing every day, and we should too.

Want to learn more about Victor? Check out his blog posts on his experience doing the #100daysofcode challenge and connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github.

Natalie Fagundo

Natalie is an inbound certified Marketing Specialist at Gorilla Logic. She has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and French from Xavier University and Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati.

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