Get to know Andrey Peresleguine, certified “You beast”. As software developer within Team Engineering, Andrey’s main responsibility is improving and expanding on the Rinkel Wepbhone, giving you new features all around.
Let’s dive right in and get to know Andrey a bit more!
What is it exactly you do at Rinkel?
I’m a software engineer mostly focusing on the Webphone development and the services around it. With Webphone you can make phone calls through your browser, manage contacts, check call history or voice mail. Sometimes I’m making calls to myself during the day testing some feature, it feels weird.
What is the first thing people think of when they hear your name?
I’m not sure what other people are thinking. Maybe they think “Hm, this name sounds familiar, but the ending is strange”.
A minute of Wikipedia. It relates to an ancient Greek word meaning “man”. How interesting it turned out to be!
Do you have a nickname in the office?
My colleagues from the engineering team sometimes call me Mr. Prettier.
It has nothing to do with my outfit. There is a code formatter called Prettier. It not only makes your code look pretty, but it also frees you from having to think about code formatting and it makes code reviews more enjoyable.
Prettier wasn’t there when I joined the engineering team, and it was the first thing I recommended to add. Seriously, how to live without a code formatter?
What do you like most about working at Rinkel?
It feels like working with friends. The more I work here the more I enjoy it.
At Rinkel people are amazing, everyone is so engaged in the process, everyone is trying to deliver their best. I find myself constantly reading our #tech channel in Slack (our internal communication platform) not only to keep up, but it is also just fun. I would say we are working hard on an interesting digital product but never forget that we are humans.
What do you like most about Team Engineering?
I like the most Doom emojis I added in Slack. I use them all the time, it feels good.
But seriously, I really like how do we approach the development process. We discuss what might be the best solution to a problem. The are no strict rules, we are experimenting, trying different tools and that is great.
Recently our CTO Jesper has granted the access to GitHub Copilot and now we have our AI pair programmer.
Do you have a lifehack on how to stay focused?
Headphones with noise cancelling and ambient music. I couldn’t have survived the pandemic period without it. Music really helps me to stay focused.
I have no idea how it works; it just flows. Maybe some part of my brain gets busy while releasing other integration centres? Who knows. Check one of my ambient playlists on Spotify!
Who inspires you?
Jaco Pastorius. He’s an American jazz bassist, and I believe he really pushed the boundaries on how the bass guitar was meant to be played. Apart from being an incredible jazz player he made music out of harmonics.
It’s when you play a string slightly touching it on a specific fret. It makes a high tone. Enough talking, just listen to The Portrait of Tracy.
So true. I often have this thought while coding or making music. Keep things simple and make them work at the same time is an art.
What’s your favourite office saying?
When someone did something complicated quickly, Jesper usually says: “You beast”. I think everyone from the engineering team was awarded by this saying at least once.
If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be and why?
Well, I’d become a mayfly. Not that I like insects. But I could fly, and I would experience a full life cycle within 24 hours.
What is your archetype?
Andrey is an equal mix of intellectual, creative & visionary. He actually did the test twice to be sure of the outcome!
Being an intellectual, Andrey loves expanding wisdom and is always learning. Throwing creative in the mix, it means Andrey is also artistically driven and values originality and creativity. Additionally, being part visionary, he’s idea-driven and trusts his intuition.
Sounds like a valuable mix for a software engineer!
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Makhtesh Ramon in Israel. This place has impressed me so much. The crater was endless and so colourful. I remember warm wind and the sense of sand on my tongue. Been sitting there speechless for hours.
And when the sun came down, I saw the most beautiful night sky in my life.
What’s your favourite drink?
Pisco sour. I tried it in a Peruvian restaurant in combination with oysters once. It wasn’t like anything I’ve tried before. I should try to make it at home one day.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I play music, learn songs on a guitar, improvising on a piano or mix music on vinyl records. I also played bass in a cool indie band called Pale Moon. Have a listen to their songs “Stranger & Happier”.
Do you have any fun fact that you’d like to share?
I used to work at a startup in a co-working space in Barcelona. When I was looking for a job, I had a call with Anja and Jesper. They have found me through LinkedIn but during the call it turned out that we work at the same co-working space.
I guess what that means is: know your neighbours! Sometimes what you’re looking for is right next to you.