Welcome to our “Meet the Team” blog series, a collection of interviews that offers a glimpse at the people behind Leaning Technologies.
Today we meet one of our Compiler Engineers, Carlo.
Carlo Piovesan, Compiler Engineer
What’s your background?
I grew up in a small town in the Italian countryside, I then studied at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. This was where I met Alessandro, Stefano and Massimo, the founders of Leaning Technologies. However, it wasn’t until many years later, after moving to Amsterdam and working a couple of different jobs outside of tech, that I got the opportunity to join Leaning Technologies as an Apprentice. Over the last few years, I have enjoyed developing myself and my skills alongside the growth of the company.
What do you do at Leaning Technologies?
What’s the most exciting part of your job?
The most exciting part for me is the process of improving the compiler. It’s like a series of small puzzles that need to be solved in order to take the technology to the next level. Sometimes you may be stuck on a certain problem for a week or two, and it is very rewarding when you finally have the solution.
What was your biggest challenge in the last 12 months at work?
A couple of months ago, we were contacted by a client with an urgent issue with their application that needed fixing. It took around 12 straight hours to solve the problem.
As I generally work with the technology behind the compiler, it’s not often that I work directly with Clients. I found the whole process rewarding, but also a challenge.
What motivates you at work?
I like that we are given space and autonomy to work on our projects. For example, if I say “I have found an issue, but I don’t know how long it will take to solve”, it’s assuring to know that someone will reply “I understand, do your best”. I find this a motivating environment to work.
What do you like most about your industry?
What I like most about working in this industry is that it has a shorter feedback loop compared to other fields. For example, my wife is a Researcher, and if she writes a book it may be three years before she knows whether she did a good job or not.
In tech, you write something and you will know if it works or not in under 10 mins. This allows you to quickly go a step back and try a different approach. I find this process addictive and rewarding.
What’s the best place you have travelled to?
I would have to say Amsterdam. I moved here from Italy around 10 years ago and I love it here. It’s great to live in a place where people seem to be happy and content with life, and I find it a very comforting place to be.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekends?
I have two children, so weekends are mostly going to the park or going on a bike ride. Essentially, spending as much time as possible with the family!