Chen is a seasoned Vim veteran leading the data infrastructure team in Tel Aviv.
What does it mean to be a full stack developer on your team?
There’s a baseline for what it means to be a full-stack developer. You need to master front end and back end languages and be good at lots of things. However, our team is responsible for strategic thinking that reaches beyond coding languages. To be awesome on our team, you need to think about all the complexities that could be encountered and anticipate and prevent problems before they happen. You need to think about how you deploy, how you monitor, how you back it up, how you make it secure, etc. I really enjoy this challenge.
How have you grown during your time at Vim?
When I joined the team, I didn’t know anything about web development or dev ops. One of the members of our team who was responsible for it left and we needed someone to step up and lead. I took it as a learning opportunity because when you work at a start up, you need to do whatever the company needs. It worked out because I gained new skills and that led to me to my position now.
Why do you think you’ve been able to grow such a strong team so quickly over the past 3 years?
I think it’s a combination of having a great network to start with and a great vision for the company that excites people. When it comes to the team, we started with a small group of capable and closely connected engineers. That group was well respected and connected to a larger network who got excited about working with us.
It also helps that we have the flexibility to use the most up-to-date tools and technology and we’re always willing to change and try something new. It’s fun and the team is amazing.
What was the main reason you joined Vim?
Related to the question above, there was a great business potential, a great vision and a very strong team of people I wanted to work with.
What three adjectives would you use to describe the Vim culture?
Lively, Enlightening, Professional
What is your spirit animal and why?
Mongoose. They are fearless and a little crazy, like how they can fight of venomous snakes. And they are immune to the snake’s venom which is pretty cool. But, they can also be friendly and social.