Fun Friday: Meet Yves Van Goethem
This week we want to introduce you to Yves! A French, German and English speaking awesome guy from Belgium – first listen to his audio “bonjour” below!
I am great! Lots of exciting stuff going on at SoundCloud!
Where are you originally from and how was re-location for you?
I’m originally from Belgium, I grew up in a small city near the German and Dutch borders, but I always felt more attracted to France and therefore lived three and half years in Paris.
As both German and French are my native languages the re-location from Paris went well. I love to discover Berlin’s fascinating multi-cultural and artistic aspects, which of course includes a huge music scene. And I secretly wanted to work at SoundCloud!
Can you tell us what your your role at SoundCloud is? Also, how do you like working in the Berlin HQ ?
Working at the Berlin HQ is fantastic! Especially since we got a second office and this whole area (Mitte – Rosenthaler Straße) became an unofficial SoundCloud campus – whenever you go outside you will stumble across a SoundClouder!
Having the chance to work with the most brilliant people in our domain is really motivating, I’m happy to be a part of this team and to be able to learn and share every day!
My role at SoundCloud is to build a web experience for mobile devices – meaning, you can access our website from your Android or iPhone.
It is really challenging to build web experiences for such different devices with reduced connectivity, low resolutions, different browsers – I have so many “aaah moments” everyday, it feels great!
How did you get introduced to SoundCloud and what do you love most about it?
SoundCloud came to me through my friends, experimental apps and a range of different artists. I love the fact that you can easily connect with a bunch of sound creators, record and share with and for them, and listen to their latest tracks that are still in working progress. Every morning I’m impatient to hear what people created over night!
What are your favorite Sounds on the cloud?
Lately they posted tons of materials creating sets of “remix packs” for people to use, I really like how they use SoundCloud to it’s fullest :)
Finally, do you have any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?
I went to Hello Etsy and I learned to sew, I sewed my first own tote-bag! Check it out: http://yfrog.com/nw5lrxj – It’s incredible how much sewing and coding has in common, while coding permits to hack anything you can think of virtually, sewing permits to hack your own clothes and accessories, that’s pretty impressive.
Also, one of the most interesting things about Belgium is probably beer, I love beer and I plan to start brewing my own shortly!
Where can we find you on the interwebz?
Thanks Yves! Say “Hej” or “bonjour” to him below!