Member of the Band – Alexey Brenes Senior Web Developer

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!

Alexey Brenes – Senior Web Developer

Alexey Brenes is a Senior Web Developer at Gorilla Logic. He was born and raised in Russia and first discovered software development when he received an 8 bit Atari 65XE. Being very curious as to what made it tick, he translated the Atari’s manual word by word and learned Quick Basic, which he used to write his first-ever program: a rudimentary tic-tac-toe. With the rise of HTML, he then realized he had a passion for front-end development. His hobbies include composing music, landscape and architectural photography, attempting to program his own AI, and trying to create a solution to typing in VR.

 

Where’s your hometown? – For the first half of my life, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Nowadays, Heredia, Costa Rica.

What’s your spirit animal? – I’ve always felt connected to a wolf—capable to survive as a “lone wolf,” but best as a member of a pack. Or maybe it’s because I loved the book White Fang by Jack London as a kid.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? – Minnesota! A business trip coincided with the Minnesota State Fair. I have never seen so much deep-fried food in my life. 

How many years have you worked in your field? – About 18 years. And there is always some new “killer” framework to discover. 

What is an underrated product that you believe deserves more attention? – SpectreCSS: cool name, lightweight, responsive, modern CSS framework. Bootstrap and MaterialUI are too mainstream.

Best advice you have received personally or professionally? – Three words: “It’s Your Life”. And then it hit me: “It IS my life!”. Coincidentally, Dr. Alban’s “It’s my life” was a hit on the radio at the time, so I took it as a sign.

How do you spend your free time? – Composing some music, going out to do landscape or architectural photography, and reading.

If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be? – Feudal Japan. Their incredible culture, their honor, loyalty, and “bushido” always captivated my imagination. 

Best childhood memory? – My first piano concert when I was 10. I was so nervous at the beginning and then that feeling of accomplishment when hearing the applause at the end.

What’s one of your most embarrassing memories? – I am so not telling you that. 

What made you want to work at Gorilla Logic? – Great work quality, great benefits, friends.

What is your personal motto? – It’s still “It’s my life”. And “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you” – Confucius.

What is your most used tool in your office? – The coffee mug, to turn all that coffee into code. 

Something that your LinkedIn profile couldn’t tell us? – I can program in Quick Basic and Assembly. 

Best advice when heading into an interview? – Don’t try to answer technical questions with learned theory quotes. Do it in your own words, that better communicates ownership of a subject.

Now that you have greater insight on the world (maybe;)), what would you go back and tell your 18 year old self? – Invest in Bitcoin!

Favorite tech blog/website/publication? – SpeckyBoy

What motivated you to pursue working in your current field? – That feeling of joy when resolving a problem with the least amount of code.

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world? – Knowledge, great communication, and the ability to improve all the time.

 

To learn more about Alexey and to stay in touch, connect with him on LinkedIn and Github.

 

Asia Patton

Asia is a Marketing Administrator at Gorilla Logic. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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