Every month, we profile a different member of the BeenVerified team. If you’d like to join the team, check out our careers page.
What’s your name and job title?
Ben Serviss, Software Engineer.
How long have you worked at BeenVerified?
What did you do before BV? How did you end up at BV?
I had been working in the videogame industry as a producer, game designer and writer for eight years or so, and found myself getting more interested in the technical side of projects than anything else. After stints as a startup founder, social media manager and gamification consultant, I went through the Flatiron School’s intensive web development program to get the technical skills I needed to start making a difference as a developer.
A recruiter reached out to introduce me to BeenVerified, and after meeting some of the people here I knew it was where I wanted to be.
What’s your day-to-day like?
The day starts with catching up from where I left off the previous day and checking our monitoring tools for any notable activity changes. Then the development team has our daily standup to make sure everyone’s on the same page, everyone has what we need for the day and nobody’s blocked.
After that, the rest of the day is largely free to buckle down and code! I’ve worked on a variety of projects already, like setting up an internal documentation server for the entire company, architecting and implementing the latest iteration of our API, and getting my devops feet wet with setting up our own continuous integration server.
The average day varies widely, but there are always interesting problems to solve and new things to learn.
What’s your favorite thing about the BV office, or culture?
The relaxed feel, hands down. Everyone has standing desks so you can work how you want to, hours are flexible if you want to start your day early or later…basically everyone is empowered to optimize his or her time and workflow as it makes sense for them.
There’s a very intentional effort to remove roadblocks for everybody, so the end result is you get to focus on what matters and not get distracted by things that don’t. Oh, and the unlimited snacks, weekly catered lunch and dual kegs don’t hurt either.
Tell us something surprising about you that not many people know:
When I was 10, I worked on a CUNY project (along with my sister and several other kids and teenagers) to write a book detailing how kids in less fortunate countries can get their voices heard through journalism. Then, 15 years later, I ended up working for a totally unrelated company in the same building!
What are your biggest outside interests and hobbies?
I still play the occasional videogame, though I’m all about exploring everything NYC has to offer. Art galleries, museums, concerts, weird unclassifiable events – there’s always something new to discover.
What is a book, movie or song that inspires you?
There’s something hypnotizing about Ana Ng by They Might Be Giants. It’s such an oblique and thoughtful meditation on where we are in the world, chronologically and geographically. Plus I live pretty close to the 1964 World’s Fair site mentioned in the song, so I’ve got that going for me.
What is your Twitter handle? Instagram? (or whatever profiles or blogs you want to mention)