Manolis is the newest member of the Android team. Originally hailing from the Greek island of Lesbos, Manolis has been living and working all around UK for years now. He hasn’t lost his touch with the Greek cuisine though… Find out more below.
How did you first hear about Depop?
I first heard about Depop from Barry. We used to work together. He said there was need for a developer in the Android team!
When did you join Depop?
I joined at the end of June 2016.
What do you do at Depop?
I’m an Android developer, the second of the two.
What do you like about Depop?
It’s fun, it’s full of energy…and full of nice people. I like working with Barry, and I enjoy his comments… he has the courage to ask questions.
Where do you see Depop in five years?
Where I’d like it to be is to be as big as Snapchat as big social app that everybody use. I’d like it to be known and used by people
What is the coolest/weirdest thing you’ve ever purchased on Depop?
Bought a few Chilly bottles, like about 5 of them. Red one, silver one and blue one….I have the silver one. I think it’s the best.
Where are you from? What is your background?
I am from Greece. I grew up on an island called Lesbos until I was 18, and then left to study at Thessaloniki, which is the second biggest city in Greece. I then left and came to the UK. I did a masters at Manchester for a year. My master degree was in computer science. My bachelor was in electrical engineering. After Manchester, I lived for three years in Ipswich, where I worked for three years for BT. I was a software engineer and that’s where I picked up android and became an Android developer. Then I moved to London where I worked at Blinkbox with Barry. So yeah, I’ve been in the UK for 6 years now. I’m pretty used to it by now. I’ll probably want to move back to Greece at some point. I do like the people here and I like London. Almost all my family is back in Greece.
What do you do outside of Depop?
I like to workout a bit. I try to do it twice a week, mostly cardio. Go to the gym. I try to go to my dance classes as well. I do tango. I like to cook. I cook almost everyday… greek cuisine with a modern flare.
What have you always wanted and have you gotten it yet?
I’ve always wanted to be financially independent enough so that I can choose when to work and when to spend on other things, go visit places. It’s getting there, it’s work in progress. I always feel like work is not the only thing you have to care about. But you have to work to get to the point where you don’t need to work.
What are the top places you’d like to travel to?
I haven’t been to Asia at all, would like to visit a few places there. I’d like to go to Japan, heard so much about it. I’d love to go to Australia.
If you think back on moments in your life, what was the happiest moment?
Quite a few. I’d say, last year I became best man to a very dear friend of mine, and this year I got to be the godfather to his daughter. Apart from that, I’d say the day I got my degree was pretty good.
What is your perfect pizza?
Parma ham, mozzarella and rocket.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like electronic music. I love Depeche Mode, Faithless… more modern guys, I like Moderat.
What do you think of Elon Musk?
I think he’s a genius. I look up to that guy. I hope he is as benevolent as he looks. I think he has good intention for humanity, he really wants our species to be sustainable and exist in a few years, and get to Mars. He is an inspiration I think.
If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
Yeah I’d like to be little. Before 6…I’d say 5 or 4 when you didn’t have to go to school.
What cheers you up?
A good joke and spending time with friends. Intelligent humour I guess.
If you could have personally witness anything in any point in history, what would you have seen?
I think I’d like to watch the first landing to the moon. I’d like to see the rocket go up… I’d still like to see a rocket go up. Would be amazing!