All posts by Nicole Perry

The STEMs of Backblaze: How We Got Here

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/celebrating-national-stem-day/

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math acronym (STEM) paired with graphic representations of each field and a photo of a young girl holding a statistics book.

November 8th marks the celebration of National STEM day, calling attention to the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in young peoples’ education. Without these programs encouraging young minds to enter STEM fields, we would be hard-pressed to find the Backblaze staffers of the future. As such, a day like this is something we have to celebrate here in our office.

Many of our teammates missed out on the educational initiatives around tech that exist today, but they did not let age, gender, or socioeconomic status stop them from reaching the top of their respective fields. So in honor of the day, we decided to share some of their STEM-related stories with an eye toward inspiring you. Whether they rouse you to dig into your own mid-career shift, or to encourage your kids to consider STEM, or to send an application our way, we hope these stories add to your understanding of how helpful STEM can be in any life.

The STEMs of Backblaze

From Crash Bandicoot to Front End Developer

Steven Peniche, Front End Developer at Backblaze
Steven Peniche, Front End Developer at Backblaze

Steven, a front end developer at Backblaze, started out as a bellman at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City, but his love for digital media—beginning with games like Naughty Dog’s work of art, “Crash Bandicoot”—encouraged him to sign up for a boot camp for web development called Bloc. After 6 months, Steven launched into the work force with one mission: To make the world a better place, one product at a time.

“That love for video games became a love for technology and software,” said Steven, reflecting on his early years in tech. “As I grew older, played more games, discovered the joys of dial-up internet and witnessed cable TV move into the high definition era, my interest for what powered all of these sources of entertainment peaked.”

Tina Cessna, Backblaze's VP of Engineering, holding a Storage Pod Vent
Tina Cessna, Backblaze VP of Engineering

Taking the Leap to Director of Engineering

Not everyone is as confident as Steven, though. Would you just walk into a coding bootcamp with no experience? Intimidation can be a big reason why someone shies away from working in a STEM related field. Our Vice President of Engineering, Tina, believes that you should not shy away from intimidation. She believes that embracing your jump into the unknown will help you find the fun in your field of work.

“Never think that you are not good enough or smart enough to learn anything,” said Tina, when asked what advice she would give to young engineers. “I feel like there is a misconception that engineering is boring or for geeks or whatever and that’s not true at all. And also, just because it is a male dominated industry doesn’t mean other women shouldn’t just go for it. It’s actually really fun once you start doing it. Essentially, just don’t let the intimidation get to you. Anyone can learn it.”

And she speaks from experience: Tina was the only woman in her Electronic and Computer Engineering classes at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, but now she’s running Backblaze’s engineering efforts. Without her, our engineering team would not run as smoothly and efficiently or have projects like extending your version history release on time!

A photo of Sona, Sales Operations Executive
Sona Patel, Backblaze Sales Operations and Enablement Manager

From Microbiology to Backblaze Sales Operations and Enablement Manager

Tina makes a good point that most people tend to miss: the difference between the impossible and something that just makes you uncomfortable. Sona, our Sales Operations and Enablement Manager, spent her undergrad years preparing to attend med school. But when it came around to applying for post-grad programs or applying for jobs, she realized that her biological sciences degree qualified her for a range of different positions beyond the medical field.

“Do something that makes you uncomfortable,” said Sona, reflecting on what she would tell her younger self when starting out. “Because if you fail you fail, but if you don’t fail you might be opening up a door to something that you didn’t even know you wanted to do.” Embracing her discomfort allowed Sona to explore other careers, like working as a microbiologist at Shasta Beverages, Inc. and, now, being our go-to person for implementing software to supercharge our sales efforts here at Backblaze.

Chris Bergeron, our Technical Operations Director
Chris Bergeron, Director of Technical Operations at Backblaze

Experimenting with Technical Operations

This is true for our Director of Technical Operations, Chris, who started as a system administrator after stepping away from the college path because he felt more comfortable with a hands-on learning experience. Chris had always tinkered with computers and software during his summer breaks from school so he felt confident that this field was the right place for him.

“Try things. Experiment. The sooner you get plugged into a social network of some kind in your field, like a group or a club or an open-source project, the sooner the world will open up for you,” said Chris. “Because the people you meet will come from all different walks of life you will see all the different things they do and some of them might be interesting and different than what you initially thought of doing.”

Whether it’s toying with computer motherboards like Chris did, stargazing, app building, or even setting up your shot in basketball, chances are that your hobbies have roots in STEM. The average person indulges in these related activities without even knowing it.

Amanda Beach, Senior Accountant at Backblaze
Amanda Beach, Senior Accountant at Backblaze

Art, Dance, and Programming Sequences

Amanda is our Senior Accountant and her father, Brian, is our Distinguished Engineer. When she was younger her hobbies were art, dance, and… learning about programming sequences.

“I feel like [doing math] came very naturally,” said Amanda. “I grew up in a very math-friendly household. My dad started teaching me algebra really early. They were excited about it so they both did software engineering and programming. They would, ‘just for fun,’ teach me programming problems and I would be asking them about matrices and things like that.”

Of course, we don’t all have brilliant engineers for parents, but that doesn’t mean that Amanda’s experience isn’t useful. STEM programming is all about giving young people exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math in ways they can relate to. With Amanda, that was programming problems. But school systems all over have adapted STEM programs to their curriculum to build enthusiasm for kids who like to tinker with robots or treat math problems like a competition. You can even bring it home for your own family. The trick is to find fun, science-related activities that help kids continue to expand their excitement for these fields.

It might seem hokey, but it can be fun. For instance, at Backblaze, we still do STEM style experiments, like the day we used bubbles and a fog machine to test the air flow in the office (as seen in the video below).

Do you have an interesting story of how you came to be in the STEM field of work? Or resources for how you passed your enthusiasm on? Share them in the comments below!

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Welcoming the Greenest Member of Support

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcoming-the-greenest-member-of-support/

Our Newest Support Tech, KC3

Growing into the Role: A Tuberspective into the Greenest Member of Support

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Tech Support crew, KC3. (To be clear, his name is KC, but we already have two Casey’s!)

This lil’ spud is a real go-getter. Although not yet answering tickets or eye deep in support chats, he brings a real spark of life to the team. Brought on by an existing Support Tech, Dan Mote, with a recommendation from one of our Physical Media Techs, JC Castaneda, we knew KC3 would dig right in and get dirty, working alongside everyone else.

KC3 on his first day
Day One: Fresh faced and rarin’ to go!

To be candid, he did have to be carried initially, but once he’d been with us a couple of weeks, he really set down roots. Since then, he has been invaluable to other teams as well!

KC3's first personnel review.
Internal discussion about personnel growth.

As is customary for all new hires, he had to do “The Questionnaire”!

Backblaze: What is your Backblaze title?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: How Prestigious. For entry-level? Wow. Where are you originally from?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Real strong roots there. Nice! What attracted you to Backblaze?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: We appreciate that. What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Lofty goals indeed. Where else have you worked?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Started at ground level, how industrious! Where did you go to school?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Ivy league, neat! What’s your dream job?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Such noble aspirations. Of what achievements are you most proud?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: That’s so sweet. Why do you like certain things?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: How insightful! Favorite place you’ve traveled?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: That’s fairly far afield, sounds fun. Favorite hobby?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: That’s a hot scene, I could see hopping from place to place. Favorite food?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Sorry, we won’t bring it up again. Star Trek or Star Wars?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Wise choice, considering the split in the office already. Coke or Pepsi?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: No, no, vodka is an acceptable answer. Anything else you’d like to tell us?

KC3: “ . . . ”

B: Deep. We look forward to you applying that salt-of-the-earth wisdom to your tasks!


Although not a-peeling during his first few days, he has unequivocally grown over the last few weeks. So much so that he has even risen to a spudvisory role—keeping an even tone and demeanor, even when engaged in difficult conversations.

KC3's open door policy.

Thanks for joining the team, KC3. We look forward to you continually rising to the challenge, reaching higher and higher with your perfectly starched attire!

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Welcome Pavritha — Sales Engineer

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-pavritha-sales-engineer/

In the last couple of years, we’ve released products that businesses of all sizes love: Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage and Backblaze for Business Computer Backup. Those businesses want to integrate Backblaze deeply into their infrastructure so in comes Pavritha, Sales Engineer! Let’s learn a little more about her, shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Sales Engineer.

Where are you originally from?
India.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The exciting opportunity and the work culture.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I will try to learn everything possible and focus a lot on my role.

Where else have you worked?
Yotascale Inc. worked for a year.

Where did you go to school?
California State University -East Bay.

What’s your dream job?
I would love to do travel journalism at some point in time.

Of what achievements are you most proud of?
Flying all the way from India to the US achieving my master’s degree and now to land in a job as a Solutions Engineer.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Florida.

Favorite hobby?
Traveling and trying out different food.

Favorite food?
I am basically foodie so I enjoy food and if it has to specific then it will be Asian and Italian cuisine.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
So I am a person who likes to experiment a lot with food whenever I get a chance I will try out some new place or a new cuisine and I also love to recreate those dishes at home. One more thing which I am sort of good at is giving good choices when it comes to food based on what the occasion is also based on the food.

You’re in luck Pavritha! We just started a blog post series about how to become a digital nomad. Welcome aboard to the team!

 

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Welcome Griffin — Junior Buyer

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-griffin-junior-buyer/

Backblaze is growing quickly and we need good folks to help keep this well-oiled machine well oiled. We also keep buying more and more stuff. We needed help! Enter Griffin to support our purchasing team. We’re glad to have him on board full time to help us with our very large piles of purchases! Let’s learn a bit more about Griffin, shall we?

Where are you originally from?

Belmont, CA.

What attracted you to Backblaze?

I immediately fell in love with the we’re all in this together team-driven feeling here. Everyone contributes to ensuring the success of all employees and the company as a whole.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?

I hope to learn how a company that believes in its product and trusts its employees grows and thrives in the ever-changing data management/security market.

Where else have you worked?

In the last few years I have worked at Oracle, CheckPoint, and Snowflake.

Where did you go to school?

UC Santa Cruz, graduating with a B.A. in Economics.

What’s your dream job?

I want to be a music producer. Figuring out how to fine-tune a song to perfection is my jam. Music is in the details, the pauses…  and accents. Some day I’ll be the next George Martin, Rick Rubin, or Timbaland. See you in the Top 40!

Of what achievements are you most proud of?

I am proud that I was able to graduate from college in only four years despite changing my major after three semesters.  I started as a physics major but transitioned to economics as I wanted to have a more usable and marketable skill set.

Why do you like certain things?

They bring me joy. If the music sounds good to you, it is good. If a movie was good for you, it is good. Find things you enjoy and enjoy them!

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

Barcelona. The food, the weather, the people. Perfect. I was only there for the final days of a trip, but I could have easily spent the entire time there.

Favorite hobby?

Making music or cooking. Both are artistic outlets to me, allowing me to showcase my style and tastes with others.

Favorite food?

Anything grilled or smoked.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek. It is just the future we will live in soon.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke. But, let’s not kid ourselves, water is the best beverage.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful company and I can’t wait to see where we go together!

We are very excited you joined the team too, Griffin! And if we need help producing the next Backblaze song we will be sure to ask you first!

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Welcome, Lisa — Physical Media Technician

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-lisa-physical-media-technician/

As Backblaze continues to grow, so does our physical media support team. Our latest physical media technician to join the team is Lisa. She will be helping to fulfill our customers’ needs when it comes to restores and hard drive returns. Let’s learn a little more about Lisa, shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Physical Media Technician.

Where are you originally from?
Bred, born, and raised in San Jose, CA.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
A new, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a place I felt I could grow with.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
New skills, as well as what it’s like to work with such a blooming company.

Where else have you worked?
For the last nine years, I’ve worked for a small family (not my family) owned winery in Morgan Hill, called Morgan Hill Cellars.

What’s your dream job?
I dream to one day own a small cafe that sells sweets, cakes, and serves tea. Then I shall retire to my upstairs apartment, where I can sit and read beneath the warmth of my fat cat.

Of what achievements are you most proud of?
I was, and might still be a hot topic on Yelp on the winery’s (Morgan Hill Cellars) page. I also achieved the greatest honor of being referred to as “my favorite aunt.”

Why do you like certain things?
Well, to be honest, I often wonder about this question myself. What is it about a ticking clock that fills me with an unexplainable joy? Why do I find the color green so especially pleasing? Why does rain soaking into my hair, give me such an overwhelmingly peaceful feeling? Truly, what IS it about almonds that makes them so great!? Who are we to question the largest mysteries of the universe? We are merely but dandelion fluff upon a spoon, and as such we shall continue to float along in this world and enjoy all it has to offer us.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Scotland. There’s nothing like the fresh air of the great northern isle to make one feel calm and invigorated all at once.

Favorite hobby?
Kissing my cat’s head — she’d be so angry to hear I told you that. Maybe we’ll say crafting instead. Yes, crafting! I own far too much paper to be considered healthy.

Favorite food?
Takoyaki!!

Star Trek or Star Wars?
To boldly go — and earl grey, hot.

Coke or Pepsi?
Sprite?

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I am a weaver of tales, a drinker of tea. I am an avid reader, as well as a passionate feeder of friends. By far I am full of flowery words, and lofty ideas, all mixed together with a fervent need to be useful. And above all, I am always, always happy to chat.

Lisa has the best book recommendations for anyone looking for a new, good read! Welcome to the Backblaze team, Lisa!

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Stranger in a Tech Land

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/stranger-in-a-tech-land/

Silicon Valley Passport Stamp

I never considered myself to be extremely techy. My family and friends would occasionally come to me with computer problems that I could solve with the help of Google and FAQ pages, but I would not go much further than that.

When I came across Backblaze’s job posting for a marketing position, I applied mostly on a lark. My background looked similar to the job description, but I never expected to hear anything from them. When I received the email that I had gotten an interview with Backblaze, my initial thought was, how? Backblaze was the type of company I feared when first arriving in the Bay Area from Ohio. Worry began to bubble up in me about being in a room filled with people who were all smarter or more experienced than me. My family teased me that I would walk into my first day and it would be an episode of Punk’d.

Silicon Valley has a stigma for most everyone who isn’t located in the Bay Area. We assume it will be filled with competitive geniuses and be too expensive to survive. “You may be Ohio smart, but that’s a different kind of smart,” is something I have heard in actual conversations. And I, too, had similar thoughts as I considered trying to fit in at a startup.

Having watched the HBO show, Silicon Valley, my perspective of how my future coworkers would act could not have been more different from reality. The show portrays Silicon Valley workers as smug, arrogant, anti-social coders who are ready to backstab their coworkers on their way to the top of the industry. At Backblaze, I have found the opposite to be true: everyone has been supportive, fun to be around, and team-oriented.

Now that I live in Silicon Valley, rather than watching it, I have to say I let the intimidation get to me. One of my favorite quotes that helps me during times of high stress is by the Co-Founder of Lumi Labs, Marissa Mayer, in reference to how she’s succeeded in her career, “I always did something I was not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.” That’s an important thing to remember when you are starting a new job, adventure, or experience: On the other side of the challenge, no matter how it goes, you’ll have grown. Here are some of the things that I have learned during my first few weeks of growth at Backblaze and living in the Bay Area. Hopefully, they’ll help you to try something you’re not ready for, too.

Nine Lessons Learned

Don’t be Thrown by Big Words

Write them down. Google is your best friend. There may be words, companies, software, acronyms, and a bunch of other things that come up in meetings that you have never heard before. Take notes. Research them and do research on how they apply to your company or work position. Most of the time it’s something you might have known about but didn’t know the correct word or phrase for.

No One Understands Your Thought Process

Show your work. Something that’s hard when it comes to talking to your boss or your team is that they cannot see inside your brain. Talk them through how you got to where you are with your thoughts and conclusions. There are plenty of times where I have had to remind myself to over-explain an idea or a thought so the people around me could understand and help.

You Don’t Have to Know Everything

Own up to your lack of knowledge. This one is tough because when you are new to a position you have the inclination to not lift the veil and reveal yourself as someone who does not know something. This could be something as big as not knowing how a core feature works or as small as not knowing how the coffee machine works. When you are new to a company you are never going to walk in and know exactly how everything works. At the moment you don’t understand something, admit it and most people you work with will help or at least point you in the direction of where and how to learn.

Living in Someone’s Backyard in an In-Law Suite is Normal

Look everywhere before choosing where to live. Moving to Silicon Valley while trying to establish a stable income sounds impossible, and indeed it is very hard. When talking to people before my move everyone would say, “ugh, the housing payments!” This was not encouraging to hear. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t creative ways to lower your housing costs. While living with roommates to drive housing costs down, I found a family that wanted to make a little extra money and had an unused in-law suite . While it’s not owning your own home or having a full-size apartment to yourself, it’s different and that can be fun! Plus, like with roommates, you never know what connections you will make.

Not Understanding the Software Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Get It

You have the experience, use it. I came to Backblaze with a very surface-level idea of coding, no idea about the different ways to back up my computer, and no knowledge of how the cloud actually works, but I did understand that it was important to have backups. Just because you don’t understand how something works initially doesn’t mean you don’t understand the value it has. You can use that understanding to pitch ideas and bring an outside perspective to the group.

Talk to People with Important Titles

They all have been in your shoes. The CEOs, presidents, directors, and managers of the world all have been in your position at one point. Now they hold those titles, so obviously they did something right. Get to know them and what they enjoy. They are human and they would love to share their wisdom with you, whether it’s about the company, their favorite food places nearby, or where they go to relax.

Don’t Let Things Slip

Follow up. If someone said they were going to show you something in a meeting or in the hallway, send them a note and see if you should schedule a chat. Have a question during an important meeting that you didn’t want to ask? Follow up! Someone mentioned they knew of a class that could teach something you wanted to learn? Make sure they send you a link! All work environments can feel busy but most people would rather you follow up with them rather than let them forget about something that might be important later on.

Soak In the Environment

Be a fly on the wall. Watch how the office operates and how people talk to each other. Get an idea of when people leave for lunch, when to put your headphones on, and what’s normal to wear around the office. Also, pay attention to who talks in meetings and what it is like to pitch an idea. Observing before fully immersing yourself helps you figure out where your experience fits in and how you can best contribute.

Know Yourself and Know Your Worth

You can figure it out. It may take time, patience, research, and understanding to stand confidently in a room full of experts in the field and pitch ideas. You’ve done it before. Maybe when you were little and asked your parents to take the training wheels off your bicycle? It took a few falls but you figured it out and you can do it again.

We hope that this was a little bit helpful or informative or at least entertaining to read! Have you ever joined a company in an industry you weren’t familiar with? What are some tips or hints that you wish you had known? Share them in the comments below!

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Welcome Kim — Senior Engineering Manager

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-kim-senior-engineering-manager/

Joining to help manage our amazing, ever-growing team of engineers is Kim. Kim’s background with companies like Microsoft and Salesforce.com makes her a great addition to the team. Let’s learn a little more about Kim, shall we?

What is your Backblaze title?
Senior engineering manager.

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States when I was 11 years old.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
I worked with Tina Cessna back in Salesforce.com and she told me this is a great company to work for, surrounded by smart and friendly people.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I expect to learn more about backup and restore business and technologies.

Where else have you worked?
I worked for Salesforce.com for 7 years and prior to that at Microsoft for 10 years.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S in Business Accounting.

Of what achievements are you most proud of?
Having two beautiful kids.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
I have too many places. To name a few: Italy, Croatia, and Japan.

Favorite hobby?
Racquetball.

Favorite food?
Good food! I work for food.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars.

Coke or Pepsi?
Water and coffee.

In an office full of foodies, we feel like you will fit in great here at Backblaze Kim! Welcome aboard!

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Welcome Vincent — Business Development Representative

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-vincent-business-development-representative/

Backblaze business backup continues to grow and so does the department. Vincent has recently joined the team to help bring new clients to Backblaze! Let’s learn a little more about Vincent, shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Business development representative

Where are you originally from?
Born and raised in San Jose, CA

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The solution, the culture of the company, and the great opportunity for growth with a company that is still growing.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I expect to perfect my sales skills, become better at prospecting, and eventually move to a closing role. Beyond that; I would like to pursue a leadership role.

Where else have you worked?
I was previously a business development representative at Panzura, selling their Hybrid-Cloud NAS solution. Before that, I was a renewal specialist at Barracuda Networks renewing a wide range of networking solutions.

Why do you like certain things?
I like things that force me to be creative.

Favorite hobby?
I’ve been boxing for the past 8 years. I’m hoping to compete soon. My dad has been playing lead guitar in a band since his high school days, so naturally music has always been a part of my life. I’ve been producing music since 2005/2006: everything from hip-hop, R & B, to smooth jazz. I’ve been DJing for a number of years and am always looking for my next gig.

Favorite food?
Too many to name.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Haven’t seen either. I know, I know. You can’t believe it.

Coke or Pepsi?
Whiskey

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
Hard work. Dedication. Everyone wants to be successful; no one wants to put the work in.

Welcome to the team, Vincent! We may need your DJing skills at our next event!

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Welcome Mike — Senior Systems Administrator

Post Syndicated from Nicole Perry original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-mike-senior-systems-administrator/

The data center keeps growing, with well over 500 petabytes of data under management, so we need more systems administrators to help us keep track of all the systems as our operation expands. Our latest systems administrator is Mike! Let’s learn a bit more about him, shall we?

What is your Backblaze title?
Sr. systems administrator.

Where are you originally from?
San Francisco.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The culture of the company.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
Speed and reliability of the Backblaze products, and how to make beer.

Where else have you worked?
Yahoo, Google, Dialpad, GrandCentral, Standard & Poors, Care2.

Where did you go to school?
Mission College/San Jose State.

What’s your dream job?
To watch and report the daily surf forecast on the south side of Maui.

Of what achievements are you most proud of?
Being the best dad in the world.

Why do you like certain things?
If it makes me smile then I will like it.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Japan.

Favorite hobby?
Dreaming.

Favorite food?
Pizza.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars.

Coke or Pepsi?
Neither.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I don’t sleep.

Welcome to the Backblaze team, Mike! We are excited for you to learn about the speed and reliability of our products and how to make beer — both are very great skills to have working here!

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