Member spotlight | November 29, 2019

Marco Zamora

Fullstack Developer, Presence Learning

Marco is a senior developer who has gained experience with a number of different companies from startups to multinationals.

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About Presence Learning

PresenceLearning is the leading provider of live online speech therapy and occupational services for K-12 students in the United States. The company offers school districts access to a growing, nationwide web based network of over 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists and occupational therapists via live video conferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices.

Terminal: Tell us about your career so far, and walk us through your journey to joining PresenceLearning.

My last year of high school, I had the opportunity to work part time as a web developer for a local company where I was responsible for creating web pages for small businesses.

During university, I had the opportunity to work as a developer for a startup. Not only did I grow my development skills, I learned a lot about business from sales to operations and most other jobs in between. The challenges and ever changing priorities inherent in working for a startup allowed me to thrive and kept things interesting. 

In 2013, I joined a US based company’s research department where I had the opportunity to try and apply new technologies and gained a number of good friends. 

At the beginning of 2015, I moved to Guadalajara when I was offered a job as a consultant for a multinational IT company. This was a big change as I was required to relocate to a new city and the work was different than than anything I had done to date. During my tenure, I was privileged to work with a diverse group of individuals. 

In 2017, I changed gears and joined a fintech company based in California. During this time, I was tasked with architecting one of the most critical projects in the company. While it was a tough project, the implementation was successful and we saw performance gains that resulted in reduced development time for future software features and enhancements. 

My move to PresenceLearning was made possible through Terminal’s new Guadalajara office and recent partnership with PresenceLearning. I really enjoy working with startups and am excited by the new and exciting challenges offered at PresenceLearning that will allow me to have a positive impact on both the product and company.

Terminal: What is one thing you think the PresenceLearning team does really well and drew you to working with them?

I was initially intrigued by PresenceLearning’s product and their impact on children’s learning through technology. During my interview, I was introduced to cutting edge technologies employed by the company and I was sold!

As an employee of PresenceLearning I am part of a talented team that is always willing to help. I value the freedom to innovate, propose new methodologies, architectures, etc. and debate on the pros and cons of implementing different solutions. Additionally, I love that working with remote team members in different cities and countries is both interactive and effective given the large number of tools available to me that make communication easy and accessible.

Terminal: What’s a win you’ve celebrated recently (work related or otherwise) that we can share with the community and can you explain it?

So far my biggest professional win has been being able to understand and implement the most recent Angular architectures and getting more familiar with Automation Testing. I am also proud of the fact that I finished my first ticket during my first week at PresenceLearning!

Terminal: What’s it like to work in the Guadalajara Terminal Space and what makes it different from other places you have worked in?

The one thing I really value at Terminal is how the team makes you feel comfortable and creates a working environment that makes coming to the office a truly enjoyable experience. Also…we have a coffee shop named “El cariñito” in the building where you can have a beer, latte, cappuccino – moka (my favourite), etc. for free 🙂

Terminal: Why did you choose a startup? What about it do you enjoy?

I love the challenge of helping startups become successful while creating impact through my daily contributions. Another great benefit – most folks have tremendous thought diversity which enables me to constantly learn and grow as a professional. I also love that the environment is conducive to collaboration due in large part to the small team size.

Terminal: What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?

I really enjoy being with my family. I have 2 children; a boy and a girl. Our family loves visiting parks, going for walks, riding bikes or barbecuing in our backyard.

Terminal: What is your favourite board game or video game?

I like playing monopoly and “uno”.  I’m very bad with video games and that’s why I don’t own a console.

Terminal: Are you a morning bird or a night owl?

I’m a morning bird, probably because of my kids.

Terminal: Hypothetically, if you couldn’t work in tech and money weren’t an object, what’s another business you would launch?

I’d love to open a restaurant with a vintage feel where people can taste food from around the globe, relax and have a good time.

Terminal: What is the show you last binge watched on Netflix and what drew you to it?

Mindhunters. My wife and I really enjoy watching crime shows. What’s interesting to us is to see how crime investigation has evolved over time, and how job experience affects your personal life.

Terminal: Who would you most like to swap places with for a day and why?

Elon Musk. I believe he will always be involved in creating a better future with technology, he is already making some crazy ideas come to life that I hope will make our world better.

Terminal: Which historical figure would you want to meet and why?

Nikola Tesla. From what I know, he was a very lonely person and I would love to have been his apprentice, or, have been able to document all his work so other scientists and engineers could pick up where he left off. He discovered a lot of cool things and had a lot of good ideas; for example he could transfer wireless electricity about 100 years ago, which is something that is fairly new to us today.

Terminal: If you could have one superpower, which one would you choose?

It’s a hard decision, but I’d definitely love to fly! It would allow me to get to any destination faster, plus, I could easily travel anywhere in the world.

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