We sat down with each of our Ario teammates for a serious Q&A session to get to know one another beyond the office space. Here are a few fun facts about Raj, our senior iOS developer, who we recruited from Boston and convinced to move on down to Norfolk, Virginia, for some warmer weather and beach vibes. Raj has visited over 20 countries (goal is 50!) and is mixed handed. For strength he uses his right hand, and for precision he uses his left. When things fall in the middle, for a few seconds he doesn't know which hand to use. If he didn't become a programmer, his next choice would’ve been to study astrophysics. One day, he might be a programmer at a space exploration company.
How did you spend the money from your very first job?
I bought tickets to Wales to visit friends, a car for myself, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue for my dad.
What does your perfect breakfast look like?
A perfect omelette (mushrooms, onions, peppers, and cheese) and a Mimosa while I’m sitting outside on a patio or by the beach.
If you could choose your dreams, what would you prefer to dream about?
A future where humanity is exploring space and traveling across the galaxy, where we care more about learning the mysteries of the universe instead of all the crazy things people seem to fight about these days.
What subjects should be taught in school but aren’t?
How to do your taxes, how debt and compound interest work and cooking basics.
How did you get that scar of yours?
I was trying to get one of my best friends to stop singing (maybe with a head lock), and he punched me. He was wearing a ring that cut me. (This was in 12th grade.)
What weird thing do you have nostalgia for?
I would say this is weird given how much I avoid phone calls now, but I do miss those long phone calls with friends I had when I was a kid.
What big problem do you think technology will solve next?
Hopefully self-driving cars will allow people to live further away from work and make it more affordable for folks to buy homes.
What scene in a movie always gives you goosebumps every time you watch it?
Really hard to pick this one so I will give a few:
i. Shaw Shank Redemption—when Andy is driving to the Pacific.
ii. Men of Honor—when he passes the final dive test even after they tried to sabotage it.
iii. The Usual Suspects—the story of Keyser Soze.
iv. Rocky II—when Creed lost his first round, you wonder what's on his mind.
What do you resent paying for most?
The convenience fee for printing tickets at home.
What do you wish your phone could do?
Call customer service and get through all the prompts and let me know when the rep is on the line. OR, make appointments and reservations for me.