He's the unofficial king of meme-sharing at Yieldr, organizer of barbecues and all-around nice guy. Here's Михаил Репка - also known as Michael Repka, a software engineer at Yieldr!
Where are you from?
I’m from Kharkiv, Ukraine. It’s a nice city in north-east of the country. It's very cultural because we have a lot of universities, which means a lot of students - some of them are from different countries. We have the famous V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the National University of Radio Electronics (my alma mater), and many more.
When did you start working at Yieldr?
Well, I moved to Amsterdam on January 5, 2017, and my first working day was the January 6. But I used to work remotely full-time for about 2 years from Ukraine, so I consider February 2015 as when I started.
What do you love most about working at Yieldr?
I love the open-minded, very friendly and professional team of amazing people. It’s my family now and it feels like home in the office.
What do you work on at Yieldr?
I’m a software engineer for Yieldr Ads. Basically I can do full-stack, but I'm focused on the frontend app. This is the DSP (demand side platform) UI for managing campaigns and more.
What was the path to your current role at Yieldr?
I started working just before graduating from KNURE (University of Radio Electronics). My first job was as a junior backend developer in an outsource company called StableFlow.
After half a year I moved to another backend developer position at Iceshop Company, where I did more complex projects such as e-commerce CMS, Batavi and Magento Extensions.
After some time I met Alex Shapran, who convinced me to join his outsource company called Piogroup. I spent almost 3 years there - it's a place I still like and I keep in touch with my former colleagues.
I started there as a backend PHP developer and after a year of crappy projects I asked Alex if I could try some frontend. He was very friendly and found me nice projects. That’s why after some time I was able to apply for the Yieldr DSP project as a frontend developer.
What’s something about you that will surprise your colleagues?
I spent most of my childhood in a small village near Kharkiv with my grandparents. I can do gardening and used to grow tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers :) Also my friends tried frogs from the lake near my country house, but I haven’t and don’t regret it. And we used to steal cherries, apples and sunflowers from our neighbor's gardens.
Have you had a taste of fame before?
I used to play guitar in 3 different bands and we had some live shows. It was fun :) Once we performed with some make-up to look like zombies. We were a horror-punk band. Our name, when translated to English, is Sinister Woods or The Evil Woods.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would be a domestic cat :) Food, drinks, a warm couch and care - that’s all I need :)
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I have a lot of hobbies. It depends on my mood - playing guitar, having beers and casual talks with my friends, movies, TV-series, playing table tennis, football, traveling, music recording and singing :)
What’s one thing you want to achieve in life?
Be happy and take it easy. If you achieve that, you can make any dream come true.
What's your favorite plane-related song or film?
That’s a difficult question. If talking about songs, Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd. For movies it's American Made and for TV series, Lost.
What’s the funniest or weirdest thing that has happened to you on a plane or in an airport?
Well, it happened recently, flying back from Greece. The Transavia plane was almost ready to take off, then it returned back to the gates and we ended up with a 4-hour delay because of some problem with air conditioning. They gave us a 10 euro voucher and I bought a burger that was really bad.
What destination would you love to fly and why?
Home, sweet home, Kharkiv, where my heart, family and friends are :)