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David Tea(m) Time with Hema Manickavasagam

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 Hema Manickavasagam to our team in Berlin!

On Tuesday, Hema and I sat under the big tree infront of SoundCloud’s second office in Berlin. We chatted about Hema’s love of exploring, how she got introduced to SoundCloud and I learned that her favorite word is “ice-cream.” Hear her full interview below!

Specifics: Hema Manickavasagam, based in San Francisco, from India, product manager.

Passions: Exploring, reading, watching movies, walking around cities, taking photos, sketching.

Favorite place in Berlin so far: Karl-Marx-Allee.

Favorite sound: The Ocean.

Favorite word: Ice cream!

Best things about SoundCloud: Company culture, developers, WE Hack.

Hema’s favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud:

“The first is a reading of one of my favorite short stories by an Israeli author, Etgar Keret. The second is a band from Berkeley, the Fish Tank Ensemble. And the last is a classical Opera.”

You can follow Hema on the Internetz here: http://soundcloud.com/digitalcowgirl

If you want to join Hema in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David Tea(m) Time with Mathilde Menusier

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 Mathilde Menusier to our team in Berlin!

Hi there! How do you say “hi” in your native language?

Depending on the friend I greet, I would say “Salut !”, “Coucou !” or just “Yo !” (with a space between the word and “!” in French.)

Where are you from?

I’m from France, but my years spent in London and New York City have shaped me the most.

What do you do at SoundCloud? What’s your role?

I work within the Community Team. We are doing our best to make people delighted – with their SoundCloud experience, at least!

What is your favorite sound?

I like surrounding sounds a lot. In New York, I like the police and ambulances sirens, the ice cream van music, the skate boards of the kids in my street, the MTA announcements in the Subway… In Berlin, I like waking up to birds singing, hearing my next door neighbour playing the piano, and the bike bells you hear everywhere in the streets! I also love my cat’s mumbling (she talks a lot!) and the sound of silence.

What sound do you hate?

Trains slowing down.

What’s your favorite word (in any language)?

“OK”, it’s so universal and easy!

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

It is like this:

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

I am passionate about music, film, art, friendships… I love traveling, cats, documentaries, and tiramisù, too.

Why do you like sounds?

Subconsciously, they add some texture – intensity, nostalgia, sensuality, lightness, melancholy, etc. – to your impressions.

What do you like most about Berlin?

After the oppression of blasé Paris, the expensiveness of drizzling London and extreme effervescence of fiery NY, Berlin feels like a restful, inspiring and invigorating walk where you get to focus on your life again whilst sipping a cup of green tea at the terrace of a
café.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud?

My favourites are many and they always change, but for now i’m quite found of:

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

I have tons of interesting stories from my 8 years of TV Journalism, but I’m writing them down in a script right now…

Twitter: @ghlys
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mathilde/favorites
Please send me your sounds of Manhattan to http://soundcloud.com/mathilde/dropbox and get my eternal gratitude.

David Tea(m) Time with Laura Dunne

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 Laura Dunne to our team in Berlin!

On Wednesday Laura and I took a walk around Mitte, the neighborhood (“kiez” auf Deutsch) in Berlin where the SoundCloud HQ is located. We chatted about the Irish language, Laura’s deep love of music that stems from her upbringing and she talked to me about her new life in Berlin. Listen to her full interview below!

Specifics: Laura Dunne, originally from Ireland, Community Support Specialist, based in the Berlin HQ

Favorite sound: An orchestra tuning up!

Passions: Music & going to gigs with her music loving family! Also, Laura played the Violin for 5 years.

Favorite thing about Berlin: The people & the laid back vibe!

Favorite Irish words: Sceallóga = chips! & Sceitimíní = excited

If she could be in one band, it would be..: Katy Perry! As a back-up dancer/singer

Laura’s favorite sounds on the ‘cloud are:

Gottfried Beyer – Uhura

and KO KO – So Strange

You can follow Laura on the Internetz here: http://soundcloud.com/lauraannedunne

If you want to join Laura in Berlin and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!