July 14, 2020Employee Spotlight: Stella Valcheva
AtScale was founded with one goal: to unleash the power of your data while eliminating business disruption. After six years, we are proud to say that we are still being guided by the same principle. How are we able to do that? Today we’re excited to introduce you to Dan Dosch, Lead Software Engineer, who is based in our San Mateo office.
What’s your role here at AtScale?
A: Lead Software Engineer in the San Mateo office.
How long have you been working with the company?
A: Going on four and a half years now – I joined in May of 2015.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A: A bike ride to the train station. Catch up on emails and start working on the train. Daily engineering standup in the morning and then lots of programming computers.
Describe our solution in three words.
A: Liberate Your Data.
Describe the San Mateo office in three words.
A: Heart of AtScale.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: Coming up with correct, efficient, and scalable solutions to the many complicated problems our clients need us to solve.
The most rewarding aspect?
A: Executing on a well thought out plan, and seeing it through to successful completion.
I know that you previously worked at Yahoo. What are the differences between working for a larger company like Yahoo and a smaller company like AtScale?
A: Going from a company with tens of thousands of employees to a small startup was a really interesting experience. In a startup every individual can have a major impact on the trajectory of the company, and that was certainly my experience. It is a really cool feeling knowing that the software I write is being used and directly affecting fortune 500 companies. AtScale is also a much more tight knit group of people who work really well together. Not having to deal with politics and being able to trust the people I work with has been pretty awesome.
Any advice to those entering the software engineering field?
A: Never stop learning. Software changes rapidly and if you don’t keep up with the new you’ll be left behind.
When you’re not in the office, where can people find you?
A: Walking, biking, hiking or online gaming.