[Buzzvil People] Mati Terefe, Software Engineer

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1.Please give us a quick introduction of yourself.

I’m Mati Bekuma. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I came to Korea in August 2011 to pursue my Masters education. Since I completed this, I have been working in Korea. Since my childhood, I have loved knowledge involving technical processes. At the end of my high school years, I became more interested in computers. I remember during the summer break, I used to spend several hours on computers learning and exploring new things. This made me decided to do my undergraduate studies in Computer Science. I studied at Addis Ababa University. Right after graduation, I started working as a software engineer at a local software company. I spent my early twenties there, working and adjusted myself with the software industry. After working there for 3 years, I felt it was time to broaden my knowledge and started looking for a new challenge. I began looking for higher education opportunity abroad. I found the highly covetous Korean Government Scholarship Program. Guess what?… I got nominated as a scholarship student to study master’s degree at Ajou University in Suwon. The scholarship requires me to study Korean language for a year before starting my master program. Therefore, I studied Korean language (although I am not good enough) and immersed myself in Korean culture for one year right after arriving in Korea. During my master’s study, I made lots of research works that broadened my knowledge and enhanced my skills. After finishing my studies, I worked for couple of Korean startup companies. There I made lots of friends and sharpened my technical abilities. I joined Buzzvil almost a year ago and, currently, I am a software engineer in Buzzvil.


2. What brings you to Buzzvil?

I join Buzzvil because the name sounds so cool!….. Joking of course (maybe not the reason but the name still does sound cool!) Anyways, I came to Buzzvil because I felt thirsty for new and fresh project.  Having established the main product in my previous company, I decided to explore other options to develop myself as a developer. That’s when I encountered Buzzvil Blog on which I saw a post “Eliminating ‘Nim’ in Korean Workplace Culture” and some “technology & engineering” posts to catch my eyes. That very moment, I felt something like “this is it”. I had an experience of working in a Korean hierarchical environment and it was hard for me to adjust to it. The more I learned about Buzzvill, the more I got interested in being part of it, not only because of its working environment but also its project. I knew I could learn different kinds of work because the advertisement industry was a new thing for me. Moreover, the experience that I will acquire through creating and managing the products would be rewarding for me. Then…here I am!


3. What is your role at Buzzvil?

I am a software engineer, specifically a backend engineer. Thus, my role and responsibilities lies on maintaining and improving the server-side part of Buzzvill’s products. Right now I’m working on migrating our user point data to a different storage (Dynamodb and Redshift) for a purpose of performance and analytics. Buzzvil has millions of transactions per day that needs to be stored, processes and analyzed. I’m responsible for finding the optimal solutions for achieving the purpose, then implement them. In addition, I am working on improving HoneyScreen’s push messaging system to support several types of marketing campaigns. Our marketing team has a specific requirement for the system, and I am responsible to communicate them and implement it.


4. How does it feel to work at a startup? or advertising industry?

Actually, before I join Buzzvil, I have worked in a couple of Korean start-up companies. I enjoy working in start-up companies because the environment is very enjoyable and the people are particularly friendly. Although the startup work is a bit challenging, since most things are done from the scratch to build up the whole framework of the application, in turn it gave me a great opportunity to have a lot of achievement and learn self-discipline.


5. Is there something that you can say “this is the best part being Buzzvillians”?

Being a Buzzvillian means I can have flexible work hours and fun environment where the people here are open to discuss and express their ideas. This tremendously helps to work as a team in delivering the best possible value. That is just intriguing! Not only this, I love the fact that there are activities that happen in office rather than the regular work, such as table tennis tournament (which is happening these days). In addition, a Buzzvillian can wear something comfortable, work at a desired place, and have unlimited snacks. That’s just great!


6. Do you have a personal goal or dream? If so, how does your experience at Buzzvil help you?

My personal goal is to have a product that will help my country, Ethiopia. I have seen lots of big technological advances in Korea and I feel that I can bring that to my people. Considering my country’s unique language and culture, I feel like there are lots of things to do. Working in Buzzvil is extremely a great asset for me because it constantly helps me gain precious experience on different areas. Moreover, I believe that the online advertising will still grow in the future and I am glad to have the experience that in Buzzvil. Who knows maybe one day I will bring Buzzvil to Africa as part of Buzzvill’s global expansion.

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