Five questions to BigMiler Noud Emonts

Noud Emonts (24)

Joined BigMile as a Data Engineer in December 2021

What do you do at BigMile?

‘At BigMile I am working on the foundation of the software: the APIs and infrastructure. If the user does not notice anything in particular about the software, then I have done a good job. As I am fairly new at the company, I am currently still learning about the infrastructure and the scalability of the software.’

What do you like about BigMile?

‘I like the vibe at BigMile. Opposed to large companies – that are often not agile – BigMile is dynamic and has this “chaos” at the workplace. One week you work on plan A, but along the way you sometimes get new insights which can imply that you have to shift 180 degrees. That is what you get when people really have a drive for innovation. I like that chaos. What I also like about BigMile is that I get to contribute to a better world. We need to act now and mitigate the damage we are doing.’

How often do you go to the office and what’s the first thing you do when you get there?

‘I go to the office in Maarssen once or twice a week. I like this hybrid form of working. I am not a morning person and I usually have a 75-minute commute to the office, so the first thing I do is get coffee when I arrive. Sometimes the office is already filled with people, sometimes there is no one there yet. That differs from time to time.’

If you had to teach someone else something, what would it be?

‘How to be a DJ. For sure. Basic level dj-ing is feasible for anyone. When I grew up, I always wanted to be the one who put on music for my friends. I taught myself how to do it in my student room. There are a lot of video tutorials available on YouTube. I like to entertain people with music and when they dance to it.’

What superpower would you like to have?

‘Would be awesome to be able to teleport my body. Getting streetfood in Asia in just a flash or visit a friend in the United States. That would save carbon emissions too! Or go to the gym and not having to bike in the rain.’

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