Name: Fariborz Mafakheri
Company Role: Backend Engineer
Your favorite topics / Ask me anything about:
- Building a robust service that can handle millions/billions of requests!
- Human communications and relations. I'm really into how people communicate with each other and finding out what the meanings and reasons are behind what they say.
What is something about the way we work that you want to fix?
There is a lot of information in organizations. A lot of conversations are going on about the same topic in different channels, work tools, and work apps. There's no aggregated view or place where you can find all those information at a glance. That's what we are trying to fix. 😀
What do you do at Reasonal?
I'm one of the "Behind the Scenes" of Reasonal! I develop and design the backend - and keep it UP!
Why are you good at doing what you do?
I started my career with software development in cloud services and became the head of our engineering department. I needed to be an expert in a loooot of tools and get familiar with so many others. We managed to handle 1 billion requests per day and 100K req/sec at the peak. These are big numbers. 😉
What do you like about working at Reasonal?
A lot! But working with such responsible and intelligent colleagues who are doing their best to solve a real problem is the best part of it.
What’s your background?
I was born in a small village in Kurdistan in Iran. I studied software engineering at Sharif University. I wasn't sure if I want to pursue a Ph.D. in machine learning or not, so I started working on an ML project (autonomous cars) at the National University of Singapore to see what real research is like! After that, I went to the Max Planck Institute in Germany and worked on causal inference to get more experience. I decided to start applying my knowledge and working "in the industry" and I'm still very happy about my decision. 😀
What are the values that drive you?
Building something that makes at least one other person's life easier and happier.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Cooking, walking, reading, traveling, being with friends, watching TV series.
Your top 3 reads?
I know it's already 3 but "The art of speed reading people" is also worth mentioning!