SHAUMBRA MAGAZINE: Where do you live?
IVÁN: I am currently living in Puebla City, Mexico.
SM: Some of our other team members are there, do you ever get together with them?
IVÁN: No, actually we do not get together in person right now. Alfredo and I met each other in college, but never really had a relationship until we work together now. I have not met Juan Carlos in person, but we work together remotely.
SM: Do you want to share a little about your family?
IVÁN: I am the oldest of three siblings, I have two sisters, a teacher and a bio-tech engineer. I am married to Anna Karen and we have a 3-year-old son, Alejandro.
SM: What are your responsibilities and job duties at Crimson Circle?
IVÁN: I am responsible for the new store software, which has two parts to it. One is the ‘front end,’ which is what customers see and use, and the other is the ‘back end,’ which is the software and logic that makes it all work. I am currently in charge of implementing the front end, and the purpose of the project is to create the most user-friendly interfaces in order to provide the best customer experience.
SM: How long have you worked in this field?
IVÁN: I graduated in 2015 from university with a degree in Computer Science. Even before graduating I had several jobs developing different apps and software. For the last four years I have specialized in frontend development, working with companies such as AUDI and Huawei.
SM: Crimson Circle is a rather unusual company. What’s it like to work here?
IVÁN: I don’t think that Crimson Circle is an unusual company, rather it’s just small with few people working in it. I have worked with much larger companies, and I really like that here we all get to know each other. It’s a work environment that is very friendly and we really care about each other, even if we’re working remotely. We have flexibility to do what we have to do, and I really like that everyone feels close to each other. In larger companies you are known by your employee ID number, and here we are all known by our names.
SM: Do you have any hobbies or other interests outside of work?
IVÁN: Four years ago, I started training with CrossFit. Lately I haven’t been doing it so much because of family and my new job, but I really enjoy it. I also like to read a lot on different topics such as politics, society, technology and things that are happening in Mexico.
SM: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers around the world?
IVÁN: I have always followed my passions, and what I’m doing right now is a big passion for me. I love my work, and Crimson Circle has received me with open arms, so I feel truly committed to do all that I’m doing. And I’m delighted to be surrounded by extraordinary people.
Special thanks to Virgilia Aguirre for translation assistance in this interview.