“I’m taking the joy and pleasure of having known an excellent group of people, with whom I shared 10 years of my life and many unforgettable situations.”
That was a phrase by Leandro Larroulet, recent “graduated” from the intive-FDV seedbed. Since “Pela” – as we call him internally – followed his path. He has been working so deeply committed to DropCar for the last years that he has recently decided to cross to the client’s side and become a part of them as a CIO.
From intive-FDV, DropCar is a project that involves the development of a group of mobile applications aimed at freeing Manhattan car owners from the concerns of finding a parking space in a big city such as New York. This is one of the clients who Leandro best enjoyed working for.
“Something I have always liked about working for FDV was the chance to participate in many projects and the support received when I was assigned a new challenge. From developing an application for a Samsung Smart TV in 3 weeks to leading a development team 100% remotely, to designing an application for a client completely. Challenges existed in every possible way: technologically, communicationally and interpersonally speaking, always within an easy-going and pleasant environment and with a very good mood.”
The favorite ones
- One of the projects I liked best was DropCar, because of everything which was involved. Being a part since day number one was the most interesting. Understanding the business, the client’s needs, designing the applications, the database, the interaction among applications, the Backend services, thinking of the BackOffice, performing field tests… it is a challenging project and more than just interesting.
- I also enjoyed the Hewlett Packard project, a great challenge which consisted of leading a development team 100% remotely and distributed throughout Mexico, USA, China and Spain. I also travelled to Mexico at a late stage for a couple of months.
- The first mobile projects also had an impact on my growth.
They were a source of a constant growth, both because at that time they were new technologies and also because of the interaction with different startups.
Technology companies as seedbeds
DropCar will always rank first in the intive-FDV best projects chosen by Leandro. However, 10 years ago, when he was developing in our old offices of Córdoba Av. he had no idea that today he would be in this place, his own way led him up to here. A mixture of own merits, vocation, willingness to learn and taking on responsibilities and, of course, supporting his workmates and intive-FDV partners, added to a career in Ontological Coaching. The result is clearly visible.
Software Developer –> Project Leader –> COO –> DropCar CIO
“FDV encouraged me at all times in this process of change and was of great support to eventually take this decision. I was fully supported when facing this difficult decision”, states “Pela” thankfully.
What do you see as key for technology companies to contribute for developers in their professional development?
In my view the most important, is to learn to identify these things developers consider necessary to receive. We live through a highly volatile market, and if a company does not deliver what devs are seeking, they have other available options to go for. As I see it, there are several things:
- Offering challenges
- The chance to learn different technologies
- Taking on different roles
- Inclusion and participation in the decision-making.
- Time flexibility
- Spaces to foster creativity
Leandro went through several professional and personal stages along his way in intive-FDV. We will still be with him with our best wishes in this new phase, and we will continue germinating and supporting other future graduates, which thrive from this vast seedbed we are part of here.