Member of the Band – Gorilla Alonso Espinoza

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!

Alonso Espinoza

Alonso has been developing for 13 years. Some of his favorite movies and TV shows include Lord of the Rings, Hannibal, The Walking Dead and Star Wars. When he isn’t busy working away on his computer, he enjoys reading computer/software technical articles. His favorite way to spend his free time is with his wife and daughter.

Where’s your hometown?Alajuela, Costa Rica

Best advice you have received personally or professionally? – Rather than advice, I’ve gained some great insights from the book The 90/10 Principle by Stephen R Covey. Essentially, the 90/10 principle explains that 10% of our lives are composed of events that happen to us, while the remaining 90% is how we react to these events. I try to keep these concepts in mind in my day to day life.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?Game of Thrones … I’m a super fan.

Best childhood memory?Playing soccer with friends (laughing and fighting of course), riding my bike and getting my first PC when I was 9. I loved riding my bike because it felt like nothing could stop me. The PC I got was a really old one, 20mb RAM with no Hard Drive, 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 floppy disks.

What made you want to work at Gorilla Logic? – The geek culture totally oriented to technology. I think it’s unique that Gorilla looks at Agile development as a natural skill. Also, the professional environment of the company makes it easy for collaboration between individuals and team to occur. All band members are focused on taking care of their responsibilities and coming together as high-level professionals.

Something that your LinkedIn profile couldn’t tell us? – I’m a huge sports fan. I really enjoy watching and playing different sports, such as basketball, bowling, and racquetball. Something else my profile won’t reveal is that I love to spend time cooking. I’m a huge fan of Peruvian, Japanese and Costa Rican food.

Who are the biggest cheerleaders in your life?My wife and daughter because they inspire me every day.

Best advice when heading into an interview?Be honest, be confident of your skills and ask everything you consider necessary. Regardless if you get hired or not, you are about to create a new job connection. Make sure that you get off to the right start. 

Now that you have greater insight on the world (maybe;)), what would you go back and tell your 18 year old self?Don’t waste your time, travel as much as you can and enjoy every single moment (as it could be the last). Every day is an opportunity to learn.

Stay in touch with Alonso on LinkedIn and GitHub

Sophia Parnell

Sophia was born and raised in Denver, attending Denver School of the Arts (DSA), ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Colorado. While at DSA, she was a member of the speech and debate team, vocal jazz ensemble and various all school musicals. This fall, she will begin the second year of her undergraduate career at Santa Clara University (SCU), where she is currently pursuing a double major in Marketing and Music. At SCU, she is involved in two choirs, as well as Igwebuike, the black student union.

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