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David Tea(m) Time with Jon Crooke

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Jon Crooke to our team in Berlin!

This week I went on a walk with Jon in the Mitte neighborhood which our SoundCloud HQ calls home in Berlin. We stumbled upon the cemetery grounds that our office overlooks, found a nice place to sit and we used the SoundCloud iOs app to record an interview. We talked about Jon’s nomadic life, what word he loves, what he digs about Berlin and much much more! Listen to the full interview below!

Name: Jon Crooke,  SoundCloud iOS Developer, Berlin, Germany

Originally from: The UK but mostly he is a nomad.

Wildest place he has ever lived: In a trailer park in Colorado.

His favorite sound: Wind chimes in the summer during his student years.

Favorite word: Yes!

He is passionate about: Winter sports, music & climbing.

His favorite thing about Berlin is: The relaxing vibes!

His favorite thing about working at SoundCloud so far is: Beer – o- clock! Every Friday after our bi-weekly demos, we get together on our roof terrace, drink beer and soak in the sun.

Here are some of Jon’s favorite sounds on the ‘cloud:

Joy Orbison & Boddika – Nil

Eight & a Half – Scissors

and

Jason Kotkke’s recording of Stanley Kubrick’s Interview (27th November 1966)

You can follow Jon on SoundCloud here: http://soundcloud.com/joncrooke

If you want to join Jon as an iOs developer in Berlin, check out our job openings here!

David Tea(m) Time with Karolina Juryga

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Karolina Juryga to our team in Berlin!

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

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Poland. I moved to Berlin 2001 and started my economic studies. Then I fell in love with the city… and here I am! It’s been eleven years! So some people say I am Berlinerin now!

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

I started using SoundCloud a few years ago and found it very fresh and friendly! I found the job offer on the SoundCloud site while listening to my favourite tunes. I love the idea of SoundCloud and the interaction of music & creativity. It sounds to me like a perfect combination!

What do you do at SoundCloud?

I joined the finance team. I do the monthly accounting and take care of the financial issues.

What is your favorite sound?

I love the sound of the summer rain… So here you go:

What sound do you hate?

I really hate the sound of my alarm clock in the morning.

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

Optimistic, wearing glasses, love my mac!

What’s your favorite word?

It’s a german one: großartig! If you use it everything sounds better!

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

It’s awesome! I love the cultural diversity. I love the fact that people working here simply love what they are doing! Everyone is so passionate about working here. It’s great feeling to be a part of it!

If you could say that you are passionate about anything, what would it be?

Winter sports! I love snowboarding, skiing and I became keen on waterskiing and wakeboarding recently. I think everyone should try this. It’s an extreme fun! I also love music!

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud & why?

I like many kinds of music and there are way too many, but all my favorite sounds have something in common: they make me feel good! Here are two of my favorites!

Do you have any fun facts or interesting stories you would like to share?

I used to play cello at the age of 9 which was bigger then me.

Thanks so much for the interview Karolina!! Check out more Tea(m) Time interviews and apply for a job at SoundCloud.com/Jobs.

SoundCloud Tea(m) Time with Peter Bourgon

Tea(m) Time comin’ atcha! Let’s welcome Peter Bourgon to the Berlin team! Listen to his audio “hello” and check out the full interview below:

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

Hello!

Where are you from?

I was born in Canada, but grew up in North Carolina. I guess that makes me culturally American, with the benefit of two passports.

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

Just surfing the web a couple years ago, I stumbled over the SoundCloud widget on some other aggregation site—maybe it was Reddit? I listened to a few sounds and was geekily impressed with the waveform player. At the time only a few content providers had embeddable widgets, and they were mostly big-name guys like YouTube, so I remember SoundCloud as being pretty bleeding-edge.

What do you do at SoundCloud?

I’m a developer, mostly working on the search and discovery features of SoundCloud right now.

What is your favorite sound?

I really dig simple electronic sounds, like pure sine waves, layered into complex pieces. There are a ton of artists who do this kind of work; one guy I like is Keith Fullerton Whitman, because he’s pretty deft at making his performances somehow… personal? (If not necessarily accessible.)

What sound do you hate?

No hate here! Well, maybe the sound of a beer bottle breaking in the bike lane.

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

Prudent, unconventional, & good-natured.

What’s your favorite word?

I try not to have favorites, but I’m pretty positive on “Ambivalent” these days. I used it incorrectly for almost my entire life—until a year or two ago. Since I’ve learned the correct definition, I’ve found lots of things to be ambivalent about.

If you could say that you are passionate about anything, what would it be?

Lots of little things—running, tailoring, architecture, some art theory, piano and electronic music, some philosophy. Making friends with odd meters. Oh, and systems programming, natch.

Why do you think someone should apply to SoundCloud?

SoundCloud has the great fortune of having attracted a huge group of incredibly productive, talented and downright interesting people. My colleagues are probably my favorite part of the company. If you’re really remarkably good at what you do, and you want to be around other people who can say the same thing, SoundCloud may be the place for you.

What do you like most about Berlin?

Berlin is probably the best city in the world. (No offence intended to my colleagues in other places.) I think it’s got all the best things that come with living in a true metropolis—cultural events, a good variety of food, public transportation—without many of the drawbacks. It’s not overcrowded, there are tons of parks and green spaces, there’s an incredible cycling infrastructure, it’s not super expensive (so far…). And the music scene is, for me, completely incredible.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud & why?

I went head-over-heels last year for this album, “Felt”, by a guy called Nils Frahm. It’s full of these incredibly lush piano-ambient-electronic compositions that were totally casual and unforced, but incredibly rich and detailed once you spent some time picking them apart. It was almost stupid: I would put it on repeat for an entire weekend. I found out much later that he’s actually a Berliner. The label he’s a part of is called Erased Tapes, and they’ve (naturally) got a SoundCloud account with some great stuff. Everything they do, I’m completely on board.

Do you have any fun facts or interesting stories you would like to share?

I was once attacked by a lion in Africa. He drew blood, but I lived to tell the story.

Where can we find you online?

SoundCloud: peterbourgon