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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?


Sweet! Thanks Amir!

David Fun Friday: Meet Jami Welch

Jami is an artist who used SoundCloud before he was hired, he loves finding great electronic music and ends up in hospitals way too often. This week please help me welcome Jami Welch to the team in Berlin!

Hi! Thank you for doing this interview with me and taking time out of your busy day. How are ya doing?

Hey! No worries, thanks for having me, doing pretty good thanks, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.

How do you like Berlin and where are you originally from? How long have you been here so far?

I’m originally from London, but did most of my growing up a couple of hours out of town, in Surrey. I love it in Berlin, there’s always things going on (very much unlike where I grew up), but things are never in a rush, you can really take things in at your own pace. I worked at SoundCloud last summer for 3 months interning, but now I’m back full time and have been back for about two months so far.

Can you tell us what your your role at SoundCloud is? Also, how do you like working in the Berlin HQ ?

I’m one of the ever growing community team, so I spend my day assisting users and helping them get excited about what SoundCloud and it’s community has to offer them. It’s great working at the Berlin HQ, especially now that community team is big enough to necessitate sitting round the donut of power, (though sometimes the beanbags are needed after a big lunch). It’s brilliant feeling part of such a big friendly team too, total family vibes.

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

I started using SoundCloud about three years to share my music, and used it quite a bit at uni to share works in progress with friends. My favourite thing is the timed comments, it really opened up really interesting ways to interact with recordings, and get discussions going.

What are your favourite Sounds on the cloud?

Right now I’m really enjoying this song by NZCA/LINES, I love how the vocals overlap, it starts of quite stark and ends up really hypnotic. Some of the synth lines also remind me of super early hot chip, which is awesome.

Also, this Andy Stott EP is one of the best things to hit my ears in a long time:

And I’ve recently become a Radiolab convert. I’d not heard of the show before, but since they joined SoundCloud I’m always looking forward to the next show. The topics are so broad, and some super specialist, but they are always so fascinating, and fun.

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

It’s so refreshing being part of a company working towards making something better, rather than trying to flog stuff, or just steadily tick over, which I experienced at previous jobs. Everyone here seems to be believe in the company and it’s goals, which makes working towards them much more exciting.

Plus, because of all the crazy technical stuff that goes on, I’m constantly being exposed to loads of new things I’d never even heard of before. Before I came here I had no idea how much goes into a site like this, it’s mind-boggling.

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

I already told you about the bacon/nose story (see: Audio Interview), so I’ll try and think of something else (weirdly also hospital related):

When I was about 4, I somehow made it on to the BBC hospital drama Casualty, playing a boy who accidentally ate his dad’s weed. Of course the father couldn’t admit to this, so had to lie and say that I took sleeping pills and hilarity ensued.

I didn’t have any lines, just had to act a bit dopey.

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

(Probably way too many places, but hej)


Thanks for the great interview Jami – remember to say “Ahn-young ha sae yo” (Hello in Korean) to him in the comments!!