Shani is the first Data Scientist at Vim based in Tel Aviv.

 

What does Data Science mean to you?

Adventure. When you do data science, you never know in advance where the data will take you to.

 

What are the largest challenges you face in your job?

Communication with different teams, changing priorities.

 

How do you stay organized with the endless amounts of data you deal with?

The right tools and some patience.

 

What was the main reason you joined Vim?

Access to awesome data, the challenge of being the first data scientist in the company, the option to be a part of a team that tries to make the world a better place 🙂

 

What three adjectives would you use to describe the Vim culture?

 

Moran is a Director of Engineering in Tel Aviv solving big problems on our Marketplace squad.

 

Whose dog is your favorite in the office and why?

That’s like asking someone to chose his favorite child. I love all dogs equally 🙂

 

What are the three craziest facts you have learned about US healthcare so far while working at Vim?

1) Healthcare makes up to 18% of the USA GDP (and it keeps on growing!). It’s the 5th biggest economy across the globe.

2) Medical bills are the number 1 reason for individual bankruptcy.

3) Patients have no idea how much a medical service they receive is going to cost.

 

What is one pro and one con to working in the healthcare industry?

Pro – We have the opportunity to do good with the products we develop. Con – The healthcare industry can sometimes be old fashioned when it comes to new technologies.

 

What was the main reason you joined Vim?

There where plenty of reasons but if I had to name to strongest ones, I would say the amazing founders and the huge problem they were tackling. As in Israeli, before joining Vim I was completely oblivious to the US healthcare market. I was inspired by both the ambition to tackle complicated problems and to build a big and sustainable company.

 

What three adjectives would you use to describe the Vim culture?

Agile, Ambitious, Joyful

 

What is your spirit animal and why?

No answer to that!

 

Guy leads Vim’s Enablement squad in Tel Aviv. 

 

How does your team decide if you should reuse code?

With software, we are not trying to invent the wheel. We will always use off the shelf products when we can – commercial or noncommercial instead of reinventing them. Same with code – All of our Tech stacks rely on open source technologies (which is the best kind of code to reuse).

Our platform supports many customers and around our React client code, we try to design customizable applications to maximize reuse by dividing functionality into useful components.

On our Backend, we are wrapping reusable logic into micro-services that can be deployed and operated separately from the rest of the systems and applications.

As the examples above show, our base foundations rely on code reuse, but in a balanced way.

In our development culture, code reuse is not a worthwhile goal. Avoiding duplication is a worthwhile goal. Avoiding waste is a worthwhile goal. And you do both of these things by looking out for and eliminating repetition of your labor and of functionality in code.  Usually, our team will write the code we need, right up to the point that we start repetitively solving the same problem. Then refactor that solution out into a commonplace and refer to it.  When you do this, you’re not reusing code — you’re reusing valuable functionality.

 

What development language do you enjoy the most and why?

It really depends on the task. I love javaScript for quick POC and dynamic areas of the system, but I’d use C# for places I care more about architecture and code structure, and Python is always handy for the staff in between and number crunching.

 

You have traveled a lot; where has been the most interesting place you have visited and why?

I only traveled East-Asia, and India was fascinating. I love being able to talk to the locals. India is colorful, beautiful and ugly, very rough and real. After traveling there for 4 months, my Father (whose parents were born in India) came to visit me.

We went to search for his grandfather’s house in Kochi (south India) which they left at 1949, a year after Israel was established. The house was gone, but we were able to enter the empty Jewish synagogue and stand on the same floor where his Indian family was for generations.

 

What was the main reason you joined Vim?

After graduating from the AirForce, I looked for a team where I could continue to feel a  connection to my work. At Vim I found a home with a professional software development team at a startup that is working on meaningful real-world problems.

 

What three adjectives would you use to describe the Vim culture?

Friendly – Our R&D team is full of talented developers, who are motivated to create a great work environment, not just technically beautiful code.  We care about one another and spend time together outside of work.

Responsible – The data that is managed on our platform include Private Health Information from many patients.  It is our responsibility to build a secure architecture for separating peoples sensitive data and the rest of the business data.

Learning – Our business takes us into uncharted waters.  As a result, we are constantly confronting new domains and new technologies.  We eagerly jump into the unknown and learn as we go. We track gaps on the team and make sure to share knowledge by rotating developers through projects and pairing them with domain experts.

 

What is your spirit animal and why?

The wolf. As a child I was watching the JungleBook movie and noticed how the family pack grew, hunted and lived together. I like their commitment to love and family.

The power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, an appetite for freedom, and awareness of the importance of social connections. Like wolves I feel the liberty as a lonely wolf whenever needed, While I feel confident to work in a pack enjoy a sense of community, leading or being lead.

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.