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Meet the Team: Nikolay

Every once in a while, we like to showcase different members from our lovely team to help put a face to the work we do here at 360 Digital Starters. This week we’re shining the light on Nikolay, a software engineer, who joined us last summer.

Meet Nikolay!

Hi Nikolay! Tell us a little about how you came to be in Berlin. I am originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, but a few years ago my wife and I decided that we wanted to try something new and began to consider the possibility of moving abroad. A good friend of mine had moved the year before us to Berlin and spoke highly of the city. It seemed to be a good fit, so I started looking for work and when I was offered the job at 360 Digital Starters, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

How are you finding life in Berlin so far? It’s great! It can be a bit of a dirty city and the weather is often grey, wet, and gloomy in the winter, but the city is lovely in the summer and has many parks and green areas. It has great infrastructure for cycling too - in Kyiv I didn’t ride a bicycle at all, but here I can’t imagine myself without one. I also really like the start-up culture in Berlin - there are a lot of companies where young and energetic people are creating interesting products.

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Tell us about your day-to-day role as a developer. As our products develop my role changes to support new releases and features. At the moment, I am mainly engaged in improving the quality of our services so that we can minimize and remove errors and introduce new technologies to improve our existing applications.

Describe office life with the Tech Team. When we’re not working, we’re sharing funny stories and anecdotes from our lives or playing basketball together during lunch breaks. It’s always a good laugh and I miss it now that we’ve been in quarantine for so long.

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Enjoying the staff Halloween Party, 2019

Speaking of - how are you keeping entertained (and sane) during the Coronavirus lockdown? I try to keep in shape. During my lunch breaks, I take short bike rides through the park, or go for a jog or walk. I’m also keeping busy with some personal development – my wife and I are learning German and have been working on improving our English too. I also read about programming and try to stay up-to-date with video tutorials.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying! It would be great to fly.

Sounds like a dream! Final question – if you couldn’t be a software engineer, what would you be? My grandfather used to teach me as a child to paint, repair, design, and create things, which has heavily influenced my love for design. So I think I’d probably get involved in something like illustration, architecture, user interface, or product design. If not that, then I’d be a football player!


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