Member of the Band – Gorilla Rodrigo Bartels

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!

Rodrigo Bartels

207290_1027574926088_1752_nRodrigo is a Software Architect. He usually works with open source technologies, mostly on the Java ecosystem. Rodrigo lives in Heredia, Costa Rica and got married two years ago. He has two dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Rough Collie. Rodrigo loves to read, watch and play soccer, and play sports video games. He is a professor at the University of Costa Rica in the Computer Science Department. Rodrigo has worked with US clients throughout his entire career and spent the last 3 years working for a startup in New York City. 

Where’s your hometown? – Heredia, Costa Rica.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?Le Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France. I proposed to my wife there.

Best advice you have received personally or professionally?Always be honest. Whether it be a relative or a client, honesty is the best strategy. 

If you could perform on stage with one famous musician/group, who would it be and why?Tough one! Queen, in the 80s, singing alongside Freddy Mercury. Wings in the 70s with Paul McCartney. John Lennon in the early 1980’s for the Imagine album. All of them were the best of their time and have/had skills beyond the reach of most of their colleagues.

How do you spend your free time?Reading. I love to read and watch TV shows with my wife and dogs.

What made you want to work at Gorilla Logic?When offered the opportunity, I asked around about the company, and the answer was that the top resources in Costa Rica worked there. With that and the work from home, it was a no-brainer.

Something that your LinkedIn profile couldn’t tell us? – I perform 100x better under pressure than relaxed.

Now that you have greater insight on the world (maybe;)), what would you go back and tell your 18 year old self?That people skills are more important than I used to think. Not everything can be learned from a book. The professional and personal relationships I’ve developed in the past 10 years are the biggest asset I’ve collected.

What motivated you to pursue working in your current field?I love to solve problems with limited resources.

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world?The ability to learn anything by yourself.

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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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