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The hoodies behind Zerocopter

Welcome back to one of our favourite blog series, where a different member of the team is introduced on the second Monday of each month. In these posts, you can find out more about the hoodies behind Zerocopter.

This month we would like to introduce you to our backend developer Sergey Novik! Sergey is taking care of the development of the new tools while keeping an eye on the performance of the existing ones!

Please tell us a bit about yourself, who is Sergey Novik?

Hi, I’m Sergey, a backend developer here at Zerocopter. I develop new stuff and also make sure that old stuff keeps working. When I’m not breaking production, I like to spend my time meditating, hanging out with my family, or watching Netflix (don’t we all?).

How would you describe your job title in a couple of words?

I make new tools and ensure that old ones still work.

What do you like about working as a backend developer at Zerocopter?

I get to use a variety of tools and programming languages on a day-to-day basis, which is always great! You get to learn and compare how the same tasks are being solved in multiple different programming languages, allowing you to gain a new perspective and carry that knowledge across to other languages.

If you could trade positions with anyone in Zerocopter for a day, what would it be and why?

It would be fun to become a part of the Product Team for a day. I was always curious to see how we learn about our customers’ needs, and how priorities are further assigned. I think it’s super cool to be in charge of that and to see the whole product cycle, from idea inception (in the heads of Product Team and our customers), until the very completion.

What have you learned from working at Zerocopter?

I didn’t really use Python much before Zerocopter - I did Ruby almost exclusively for 10 years, which is quite crazy in itself, so Python (and its frameworks and ecosystem) is truly a breeze of fresh air for me, and I learned a ton of it here.

What resources( books/podcast/courses etc) would you recommend to someone (new) in this industry?

I would recommend Ruby weekly newsletter, Ycombinator (Hacker News), but most of all, books and articles from Robert Martin, Martin Fowler, and Sandi Metz.

When was the first time that you heard about the term “bug bounty” or “RD/CVD”?

November 2021, just when I joined the company, haha. Although perhaps I’ve heard “bug bounty” before - but nowhere as frequently as here :)

What is your favourite stereotype about the hacking industry and why?

I love how in movies, they always sit in a dark room (wearing a hoodie, of course) and smash all their keyboard keys really freaking fast and loud while simultaneously having tons of self-scrolling text on their screen that appears and disappears with inhuman speed. Just watching that makes me dizzy.

We hope you enjoyed the blog and got to know more about Sergey. Stay tuned for the new blog in March, and find out more about the hoodies behind Zerocopter!

Written by Zerocopter

February 13, 2023

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