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David Fun Friday: Meet Sridhar Ravichandran

Sridhar joined the team a few months ago but today we finally want to properly introduce you to him! Listen to his audio message below and learn more about him below!

Hi there! Thanks for the interview- can you say “hi” to everyone in your native language?

Hey Natalie – sure, Namaskaram! Vanakkam! (That actually means ‘welcome’ but there isn’t a distinct hello in my native language). Guess we’re more friendly that way.

How many languages do you speak?

I speak Tamil, Hindi and maybe a little English, and can understand a few more native languages. Hope to add German to my arsenal soon. Ich verstehe nur ein bisschen Deutsch.

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

On a cold, grim wintry moonlit night many many years back, I was looking for a platform to host my music on, a platform that didn’t suck. Clicking on a search result on the dreary display on my desktop computer dragged me onto some page that had SoundCloud written on it.

It was love at first sight.

What is your role at SoundCloud?

I’m a Product Marketer (official: Associate Product Marketing Manager), which effectively means that I work closely with technology, product & marketing teams to ensure that millions and millions more get introduced to and love SoundCloud, and that we’re building stuff that users LOVE. Marrying gut-instinct and your understanding of the web, psychology, usability design and validating it with real behavioural insights from the millions using your platform is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

What is your favorite sound?

The sound of the beach – waves, wind, surf. Nuff’ said :)

What sound do you hate?

The sound of fingers tapping softly on a keyboard can be most pleasant, but the sound of someone angrily bashing on a keyboard drives me nuts.

If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Wah-wah. Wakachaka. Boom.

How is it working at such an International and diverse office?

There’s a vibe in the air that’s hard to describe. Everyone’s senses are attuned to this ‘vibe’, and it’s fascinating to hear such varied, diverse stories from all the folks here, who are all passionate about something or the other, yet find commmon ground within sound and music. Did I mention the people are super smart? Inspiring.

When you are not working, what do you love to do? What are you passionate about?

Writing and making music is a big part of my offline routine and I produce bands/artists when I can. I like to collaborate musically, and it’s good to see so many quality musicians in town! And then, travels, new people, new places, new environments. I can never get bored of that stuff (who does?)

Did you relocate? How was that?

It was initially overwhelming moving halfway across the world, but thanks to the lovely people at SoundCloud (and a special shoutout to Sylvia and Erik), life was much easier during and after the move. The only difficult part was coping with minus 18 degrees celsius in January, which is about 50 degrees colder than what it is in Singapore. Insane.

However, can’t wait for spring and eventually summer – people are already getting out on the streets and it’s only early spring ;)

Why should someone apply to SoundCloud?

A culture of innovation + music/sound lovers + amazing, smart people + weekly beer o’ clocks, parties + shhh…. (I could tell you but I’d have to hire you.)

What do you like most about Berlin?

Berlin is a city of unique experiences and just when I’d think I’ve seen it all, she’d hit me with something absolutely new. (The only thing I miss about this place is the beach)

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud?

I’m predisposed to choose music and something I’m really digging atm is this acoustic version of a Porcupine Tree classic by one of my favourite musicians, Steven Wilson. It’s a song about trains – how amazing?

Here’s a breathtaking, live version of an ambient track by Devin Townsend. Talent is him.

Another –> Foo Fighters! They’ve been in the news a lot, with the grammy etc. but I think this album rocks real hard and deserves the recognition.

Cool! Thanks for the great interview! Where can we find you on the web?

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sridharsmusic
SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/sridharsmusic
Blog: http://sridharsmusic.com/blog

Jane Fun Friday: Meet Paul Osman

Let’s give a warm welcome and high five to Paul Osman, Developer Evangelist at SoundCloud who hails from Toronto! He’s here to help and inspire our awesome developer community to build neat projects on the web using the SoundCloud API.

Hello! Thanks for doing this interview. Can you introduce yourself?
For sure! I’m Paul Osman, a hacker who hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

First, can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?

I’ve just joined the Platform Team as a Developer Evangelist. That means I’ll be working with our developer community to help make sure our platform meets their needs as much as possible. I’ll be taking care of documentation, some of our client API wrapper libraries, coming up with cool hack ideas and generally trying to be helpful.

You are working with our Platforms team in San Francisco but will be working from Toronto, correct? What do you love most about Toronto?

That’s right, we now have a Toronto office that consists of me and my cat :) There are so many things to love about Toronto. If I had to pin it down to one thing, I would say that it’s the neighbourhoods. Toronto does a great job blending commercial and residential areas in a way that seems really natural. One moment you’ll be on a busy street with lots of shops, restaurants and cafés, then you’ll turn a corner and be on a quiet tree lined street with gorgeous Victorian houses.

This is a question I always love asking – How did you get introduced to the ‘Cloud?
It was a few years ago. I remember I started seeing the distinctive waveform player all over the place (on music blogs mostly) and decided to check it out. I saw that a few people I knew had already uploaded sounds so I started following them and I’ve been hooked ever since!

And this is an easy one – What are your favorite things about working at SoundCloud so far?

I’ve got the best job in the world because I get to work with like minded hackers and see all the great stuff people build with our platform. It’s really exciting to see how people are coming up with new ways to use sound on the web.

At the moment, what are your favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud?
There are a few standards that I follow, for example here’s one of my favourite Four Tet albums:

Also, there’s a British band called Marconi Union who have composed what is apparently the most relaxing song in the world. Great background music for coding!

Lastly, do you have any fun facts you can tell us about?

I’m generally a pretty relaxed person, but for some reason I get really obsessive about angles in my workspaces. I can’t work if things aren’t at least mostly at right angles. I have to have everything on my desk arranged a specific way and I need to have all the windows in my desktops arranged a certain way, otherwise I get all distracted.

Nice! Where can we find you on the web?
Twitter: http://twitter.com/paulosman
Github: http://github.com/paulosman
Quora: http://quora.com/paul-osman
Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/users/195977/paul-osman

And my personal blog: http://paulosman.me/

Thanks Paul!<

Jane Fun Friday: Meet Amir Shaikh

Amir is a business developer who has joined the Platform team in San Francisco. He’s an East Coast native who has an unashamed love for Fresca and all things tech. This week please help me welcome Amir Shaikh to the team in San Francisco!

Hello! Thanks for doing this interview! Can you introduce yourself?

Sure thing! I’m Amir Shaikh, recent east coast transplant to San Francisco. I’ve been in Boston for the past few years doing my undergrad at Boston College and moved to SF the week after I graduated. Things that I love include tacos, great stories, new music, and fresca.

First, can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?

I work on the Platform team as a Business Developer. That means I connect with developers who are interested in integrating SoundCloud features (like sharing) directly into their apps, help them through the integration process, and manage their relationship with SoundCloud. I also work with the entire Platform team to make sure we have the best possible resources for our awesome developer community.

You are working from the San Francisco office is that correct? What do you love most about San Fran?

Yup! San Francisco is the city of beautiful views. When you first get here the hills can be a bit daunting until you realize how often you’re stopping to admire the scenery. After that, from the tech scene to the food scene, I think people here live with passion in a way I’ve never seen before. It’s absolutely inspiring.

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud and what do you love most about it?

I first came across SoundCloud when a friend posted a track on Facebook. Obviously the big orange play button and the waveform were standouts, but the timed comments blew me away. It was one of those rare ideas that was absolutely brilliant and completely accessible at the same time. I knew it was something special.

What are your favourite Sounds on the cloud?

Always a tough question, but recently I came across a German label called City Slang that I’m absolutely loving. These two tracks are the tops right now.

Can you give us a few reasons why it is great working at SoundCloud?

This goes back to what I said about San Francisco, but I’ve always loved that idea of living a life of passion. Everyone I’ve met at SoundClould is working on something they genuinely care about, is nurturing incredible hobbies outside of their jobs, and are always striving to find more ways they can better both themselves and SoundCloud. It’s a rare energy to be around and I feel super lucky to be part of it. Also the ping pong table 5 feet away from my desk is a nice perk.

Finally, do you have any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I have a pretty unique way of sitting on the floor. It looks indian style at first glance but you sit with one leg on top of the other instead of crossed together. It looks totally natural but most people have a really tough time doing it. Also I’ve moved 7 times in my life, hoping to hangout in the Bay Area for a bit longer than my usual.

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

http://soundcloud.com/amir
http://twitter.com/amirshake

Sweet! Thanks Amir!