Who is Juan?
Juan is a controversial global citizen who has lived in various parts of the world and occasionally finds himself dreaming in Chinese, English and French. His journey began in Caracas, Venezuela where he went to school. Juan describes himself as a nerd who was very much into history, literature and science.
When he wasn't doing extra courses in math, he enjoyed swimming or listening to the likes of Nirvana, Guns N' Roses and Metallica. What is more, early on in his life he showed an entrepreneurial spirit by helping out others with assignments and homework in exchange for a little bit of pocket money.
When he finished high school, Juan’s parents sent him to Minneapolis to learn English. That was the first of many places where Juan has lived. “It was an intense experience, because I was still studying like a maniac, but luckily I had very cool host parents who took care of me” said Juan. The year in Minneapolis was a pivotal moment in Juan's life. First of all, by accident he discovered that he enjoys performing. Secondly, he hung out with a lot of Chinese students and already back then he knew he would like to learn the language and travel to China some day.
Meanwhile, Juan’s parents moved to Spain and after a year in the U.S., Juan decided to move to Mexico and study Journalism. This was also his first time living alone and for a brief time he took advantage of it by going out a lot more, while still continuing to study like a maniac. “One day I woke up and I had paralysis in the right side of my body. Initially, I was freaking out, but luckily it got better after a few weeks. Then I decided that I am putting too much stress on myself and need to relax more” said Juan.
He got a degree in Journalism and finished his studies one year earlier. “Looking back, I really enjoyed the time in Mexico, I love the culture there and I met people who are still my close friends” says Juan.
Since then, Juan had spent a long time away from his family, he decided to move to Spain. Surprise, surprise, Juan enrolled to another university to study publicity and communications. This time, he also got a job as a market researcher in a media agency. A year in, he accidentally applied for a scholarship to study in China.
“At that time, the Chinese Embassy was literally giving away scholarships. So, when I went to apply I found out that I was the only applicant and, there on the spot, they basically said that I will get a fully paid scholarship with a daily allowance, crazy right?” said Juan. All this came so suddenly, so Juan took a week to decide and since he always wanted to go to Asia and there weren’t very good jobs there in Spain, he went for it. After 2 months he was on his way to China.
When I asked Juan, how was the experience in China, he was puzzled: “It was weird, different and one of the best experiences I’ve had”. He studied business and had to pass the minimal level of Chinese language in a year. For Juan, being a “master” of languages, it was not too hard. “While I was there, people in China were very helpful and nice, and very eager to learn the western way of living. That made me quite popular and since fixed marriages are a thing in China, I received quite a few proposals” said Juan, while laughing.
After dodging fixed marriages and finishing his business studies, he got a job as a project manager in Huawei. Juan acted as a middle man between the Caribbean and China offices. “It was a very good experience, I got to travel a lot and the projects were extremely challenging and interesting. Although, I have to say that the Chinese work ethic and way of working was even crazier than mine” said Juan. After 6 years of heavy workload and having endless amounts of meetings - a typical Chinese way of working - Juan decided to move back to Spain again.
Yet, back in Spain, there were not many suitable job opportunities for Juan. Meanwhile, some of his friends had gone to Estonia with the Erasmus program and got jobs in the IT field. Typical Juan, he decided to give Estonia a go and enrol to TalTech to study Technology Governance. At the same time, he volunteered to Garage48 to get a grasp of the technology landscape in Estonia. Soon enough, he got a job at Finixtech (an ex-subsidiary of Playtech), years later he found himself working for Transferwise and Microsoft.
While working and volunteering in Estonia, he fell in love with engineering events like Robotex, where people compete with robots they build and program. “For me this was like magic and in the back of my head I knew that someday I would like to work in a company that was developing products close to similar technology” said Juan.
What does Juan do at COMODULE?
“In these technology events I saw the same list of companies present there and COMODULE was one of them. I didn't apply immediately, but this was my first association with COMODULE” said Juan. When Juan felt that it might be time for change he saw a few open positions in COMODULE and decided to give it a try. “I was convinced when I spoke to COMODULE’s CEO - Kristjan Maruste, who is the best recruiter I have ever seen. In addition, COMODULE reminded me a lot of what it was like in the early days of Transferwise. Exciting atmosphere and a lot of freedom.” said Juan.
Juan is responsible for making our clients happy, which means a little bit of everything: customer support, project management, gathering feedback and solving time-critical issues. Talking to our customers, the number one thing you will hear is how much they like to work with Juan. He is always available, quick to solve any problems and most importantly, easy and fun to work with.
How would you describe the experience of working at COMODULE?
“What I love about COMODULE is that you can always make suggestions and things will actually happen. Overall, it is a dynamic environment where you don't get bored. First, I was a little bit afraid if I would fit in, but then I realised that the sense of humour around here is sometimes even quirkier than mine” said Juan.
How would you describe your loyal companion - Lucky?
“I've had dogs my entire life and Lucky by far has been the most intelligent and exuberant one. She's a 11 year old half breed - German Shepherd and Chow Chow, fluffy as hell with a purple tongue. She has also taught me the best lesson in the world - handle every situation like a dog: if you can't eat it or play with it, then just pee on it and walk away" said Juan.
In your own words, what is the mission of COMODULE?
“Personally, my mission is to make life as easy as possible for our clients. Overall, I would say that the mission of COMODULE is making the engineering improvements happen in the real world and easy to use for human beings” said Juan.
Favourite form of transport?
“Oh, I am all for micro-mobility vehicles. I don't have a favourite, but I do own an e-bike, a kick-scooter, skates and a skateboard.” said Juan proudly.
Thoughts about the future of mobility
"A while back I thought that micro-mobility will be a fad that will soon pass, but to my pleasant surprise I am seeing that solutions for the “last mile” keep getting more popular. Since, there are several options available, the solutions can go in many directions, but one thing is for sure - cars won't win the race for short to middle distances.” said Juan.
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