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Meet the Kambrian — Raphael

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal

Time to introduce Raphael, one of our newer Kambrians. Starting his role one week shy of lockdown, this backend developer is a beach boy who loves sushi and Nutella, and sometimes even combined (?!)

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Santos, a beach town of five hundred thousand people on the Southern coast of São Paulo.

What’s your role at Kambr?

I am a Backend Developer.

When did you start working at Kambr?

I started at Kambr on the 9th of March 2020. One week before lockdown started in Portugal.

What was your path to your current role at Kambr?

When I finished high school, I wanted to become a pilot, which led me to major in Civil Aviation. However, by the end of the course I already knew I didn’t want to follow this path anymore. I was living in São Paulo, a huge and cosmopolitan city, meeting new ideas and people and my mindset had already completely shifted.

I had to choose a new course and since I had always been fascinated with computers, electronics and software, I thought that graduating in Computer Science would give me a career that would always keep me engaged. I have been working as a software engineer since then and a few months ago I had my first contact with Kambr. As soon as I heard about what the company does, I already knew I wanted to work here. Turns out I always belonged to the airline industry, just not in the way I originally thought so.

You have 10 seconds to impress someone. What do you tell them?

I believe doing a backflip would be more effective than anything I could say. Not that I can do it though.

What’s your biggest personal accomplishment?

I can say that living in Europe was something I wanted since I was a teenager. Moving here with my wife without jobs, without knowing if it was going to work out and looking at it now how both of us have adapted, are happy and settled in Lisbon is certainly my greatest accomplishment.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy riding my bike around the neighborhood, reading about investments and learning new languages.

What’s your favorite book and why?

“How to make friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie. It was the book that taught me to listen more and speak less, which is a great ability.

What’s your favorite aviation related film?

The Wind Rises. A Japanese animation directed by Hayao Miyazaki and that portraits the life of a boy who dreams of becoming a pilot, but his nearsightedness prevents it. One night he dreams of the famous Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Battista Caproni, and dreams about him that night. In the dream, Caproni tells him that he has never flown a plane in his life, and that building planes is better than flying them.

Which superpower would you love to have?

I would love to read people’s mind. I hate failing with people and I tend to think that what people say is what they really mean, even if it has proved to be wrong so many times.

Favorite show ever and why

I’m not really into watching tv shows. The only one I could watch all the seasons was “The Office”.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi and sashimi. Perhaps even voluntarily.

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?

Nutella. I don’t always buy it, maybe a jar every 6 months, but when I do, I put it on everything: pizza, fruits, cheese, sushi etc…

Where would you love to travel to and why?

I would love to spend a couple of months on a road trip along the coast of Italy.

Do you like plane food and why?

It’s one of the best parts of any flight! Chicken or pasta? What could possibly go wrong? None of them will be delicious and none of them will be terrible.

Window seat or aisle seat?

Aisle. I can talk to two people instead of only one, I have freedom to walk around, to go to the toilet and even bother the flight attendants on the back of the plane whenever I feel like it.

You can connect with Raphael on LinkedIn.



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