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How I Work: Vic van Gool


This post is a part of a new series on this blog, called How I Work. It features interviews from engineers at top tech companies and startups, describing what a typical day is like. For this post, we interviewed Vic van Gool, Co-Founder and CTO of Cloud 66.

This week we chatted with Vic van Gool, co-founder and CTO of Cloud 66, a DevOps-as-a-Service startup. Cloud 66 helps you build and maintain your app on any cloud. The company has been around since 2012 and has raised $1.3 million in funding.

Jixee: What’s your current position and how many years of experience do you have? 
I am the CTO and cofounder of Cloud 66 – I’ve been in the industry for about 15 years now and have previous experience of working in many diverse organisations ranging from small software houses to large banks and oil companies.

Jixee: Tell me about your company and the work you’re doing?
Cloud 66 is a SaaS business that provides companies with everything they need to deploy, scale and protect their own applications, on their own servers, in the cloud! Our classic product is for Ruby Rails/Rack applications, but more recently we offer production-ready Docker builds and deployments, and thus can handle any application framework.

Jixee: How big is your team and how is it structured? 
We have six developers of differing experience levels; having a relatively small dev team, we’re very flat in structure and agile (although not super-strictly so).

Jixee: What’s your work setup like? What hardware/software do you use? 
We’ve running a Rails/Go backend, so we have a mix of Macs and Linux machines – we run Ubuntu as that is the distro we typically deploy to.
I’m running a Macbook Pro Retina 15”, and typically use: RubyMine, Sublime, Atom and of course iTerm2 as my go-tos (as well as Slack, Office, SourceTree, SequelPro)

Jixee: Can you describe your typical day from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed? 
It’s fairly variable to be honest – I tend to work from home on Tuesday and Thursday to avoid the commute and help my wife out a bit with my 5 month old son. When I am commuting, I typically leave at around 7:45 after breakfast, and am at the office around 09:00.

My typical day is a mix of meetings, planning, design, architecture, coding, code reviews, support and at any one time I am typically involved in multiple (many) unrelated projects. We set a fast pace with the team so you’ll often find us all with heads-down engrossed in our work; that said however, the team is great and if we’re not heads-down then you’ll probably find us laughing hysterically at something inane. We’re all passionate about technology and getting stuck in, so it’s a great collaborative atmosphere.

I normally leave the office around 18:30 or so – depending on the events of the day. I’ll keep abreast of emails and sometimes continue with coding when I get home (though admittedly the coding has been a lot harder since I’ve had my son).

Jixee: What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is looking to get a job at Cloud66? 
When you work on something that you’re passionate about you’ll find that many good things just flow automatically out of that passion. You’ll naturally be drawn to invest the time and develop the skills and expertise to meet that passion, and gain an immense sense of satisfaction in doing so. So my one piece of advice would be to bring your passion!