Team Member Spotlight
This is the seventh blog post in our Team Spotlight series, helping you learn more about the amazing and talented people behind Gravity PDF.
In this edition of our Team Member Spotlight, I’m excited to introduce you to Ezekiel Tarranza (also known as Zeke). He has been a full-time remote Software Developer at Gravity PDF for over 12 months, and, bringing four years of development experience to the table. He is responsible for ensuring everything runs smoothly on the front-end, and constantly seeking ways to improve our products. Beyond the realm of coding, Zeke is a proud parent to three beloved canine companions. During his free time, you’ll find him immersed in thrilling gaming adventures or hitting the gym to stay fit. With a diverse range of interests and dedication, Zeke brings an extra layer of energy to his work.
Let’s delve deeper and explore Zeke’s spotlight interview to learn more about him! 🧐
What three words best describe you?
Team Player, Open, and Curious.
What are three words to describe Gravity PDF?
Work, Life, and Balance.
What do you love most about your job?
Aside from development, this is really the work-life balance I’ve been looking for. After work, I get to do things I love – working out and playing games. 🏋️♀️🎮
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Food! Take everything from me, just don’t take my food.
Describe an interesting hobby or pastime that you have.
I do enjoy modifying keyboards, but I haven’t fallen down the rabbit hole on this hobby (yet).
What do you like most about working with your team?
The autonomy! Having fewer meetings, but still deliver things!
What is the biggest challenge that you’ve faced since joining the team?
At first, it was the technology being used. I don’t have much experience working with WordPress, as I’ve only worked with custom web applications before. But now I’m familiar with the workflow and tech stack we have.
What’s something surprising that not many people know about you?
I love being alone! It doesn’t mean I don’t like being in groups, but it just feels very nice to be alone for some time.
What is a dream that you want to make come true one day?
To live in Norway. It’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about for a long time. 🇳🇴
What techniques help you stay organized and productive?
As a person who gets easily distracted, one of the techniques I find effective is to make a list of what I can accomplish today. Also, I make sure to block some time for work and rest in between to avoid burnout.
What has been your favorite project so far?
The new PDF Builder 😉
What's your favorite book, movie, or video game and why?
Elden Ring. I easily get tired of RPGs, but this game made me finish it! It has a very good storyline and aesthetics.
What are you most passionate about?
I would say life. I just like to experience and enjoy every second of it.
How does your current job compare with the previous jobs you’ve had?
The stability in Gravity PDF surpasses that of all my previous jobs.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Gravity PDF, whose would it be?
Dan! Marketing is essential to any business, and I have no knowledge or experience of it.
How has Gravity PDF helped you as a developer?
I’ve been training myself to become a Product-Minded Engineer. Not just developing things, but also understanding how the business works and how users interact with it. Gravity PDF has got me covered in those areas.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
My mentor, who is also my friend, has been influential in my career. I admire him not only for his great skills as a developer but also for the way he lives his life every day. I aspire to have a stoic mindset just like him.
What advice would you give to someone getting into software development?
Don’t you ever stop learning! New technologies are being made every day. 🤖
What is on your wish list for the next 2-3 years with Gravity PDF?
I genuinely wish success for Gravity PDF!
If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why?
They say immortality is a curse, but it’s a superpower that I think about when I want to see how the world will be in the next thousands of years.