Member of the Band – Managing Director, Costa Rica Software Development Mario Merino

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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!

Managing Director, Costa Rica Mario Merino

Mario MerinoMario Merino is Gorilla Logic’s Managing Director, Costa Rica Software Development. He has been working in the IT industry for 17 years. Since joining Gorilla Logic in 2014, Mario has transformed the Costa Rica development center from a 3-person startup to a thriving 170+ person nearshore operation. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Mario grew up on farms in Limón and Cartago. He attended high school and college in Massachusetts, and has a postgraduate degree in software engineering from Cenfotec. Mario is an accomplished endurance mountain biker (La Ruta de los Conquistadores, Leadville Trail 100, and TransAndes Challenge finisher).

Where’s your hometown? – San José, Costa Rica

What’s your spirit animal? – Grizzly bear.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? – Recently the Chilean Patagonia was my favorite; I developed a very intimate relationship with the landscape while racing the TransAndes Challenge on my mountain bike and camping overnight.

If you could perform on stage with one famous musician/group, who would it be and why? – The Grateful Dead.

How do you spend your free time? – Recharging in the mountains, researching various topics (passions) that interest me ranging from cars to coffee, geopolitics, hacking the mind and the body.

If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be? – If I could travel back in time, I could certainly travel forward and that is what I would do!

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? – I watch youtube on my TV and let it take me down the “suggestions” road. It knows me pretty well by now, and love the “Talks at Google” channel.

What is your most used tool in your office? – The mouse, no doubt.

Best advice when meeting with a client? – Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What motivated you to pursue working in your current field? – I wanted to solve a problem in Costa Rica, which I did when I started up a “portal” that aggregated all 50+ local universities in the year 2000 – groundbreaking at a time when most people had to call or get a fax from the universities with career information and most people had dial-up connection. Successfully exited that business and that led to a web application development company founded in 2004, and the story continues up to this date.

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world? – Resilience.

To read more about Mario and stay in touch, connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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