Stefan, All About RoR and a Couple of Facts About Web Factory

Todor Panev
Todor Panev
Published: 08.07.2021

Stefan Rendevski a.k.a Rende is our senior Ruby on Rails software engineer. He joined Web Factory as an intern, and has grown to a senior engineer leading projects and clients. With his unselfish teaching methods, he has been helping others to reach their potential and improve in their development. Coming from a computer science background, he brought his passion for technology at the highest level to the team inspiring others to be more and do more. Let’s read more about and get to know Stefan.

How did you first learn about Web Factory?

I first learned about Web Factory through a post on social media in which they were looking for new interns. I was at a point in my studies where an internship was mandatory, so I thought I'd try my luck and apply there. And here I am 5 years later, leading a project, mentoring, and deploying production builds :)

What advice do you have for prospective Web Factory candidates?

My advice to prospective candidates would be to remain curious. To tinker and experiment on their own, beyond what a course or a college would teach.

Stefan after winning one of the games at our We Rock team building event

How has Web Factory helped you in your career development?

Both the internship, along with my mentor, and the projects I worked on afterwards pushed me to improve my skills, by presenting me with challenging and interesting problems to solve.

What do you find the most challenging at Web Factory?

My answer would have been different a year or two ago. As of right now, the most challenging aspect for me is time management. Allotting enough time for each responsibility in such a way that I don't interrupt anyone's work is still something I am getting used to.

Stefan playing some ping pong at our office, one of the best here we must say :)

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

I used to be an avid book fan, and with the lockdown situation, I finally had the time to go back to reading more. I especially prefer fantasy and history, though I enjoy reading classic literature as well, and I have been meaning to pick up psychology/philosophy as well.

When I'm not hunched over a book, I'm usually playing games, either board or video, or working on a story of my own.

Before working at Web Factory, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Web Factory is my first ever work experience, both full time and internship. I went into it completely unprepared and clueless, and I'm glad I took that chance. It has been an amazing journey since then, I can wait to see more.

When are you the happiest?

There are a lot of things that make me happy, and I haven't reflected on myself long enough to be able to say what makes me the happiest. In the broadest sense possible, being able to help solve a problem does the trick for me.

Stefan and Goran preparing for Web Factory 10 years b-day party

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

I do have one, yes. Ironically enough, it's "Shorty", despite me being the tallest person in the office. And also Rende, which means cheese shredder but this one comes from my last name. I ain't such a cheese lover or cheese shredder expert :)

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

I'll just assume I'll have enough food and water to survive, because even if I bring survival tools, I'm clueless as to how to use them. So, to help pass the time, I'd bring a kindle, a hammock and a prayer that the kindle's battery does not run out any time soon.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I used to be a big Guns N’ Roses fan in high school, so I'd like to see what a day in the life of Slash looks like.

What did you want to be when growing up?

Like most kids, I really wanted to be an astronaut growing up. I was fascinated by the stars and planets, and I remember my parents giving me all these books and encyclopedias about astronomy which only made me want it more.

Stefan is one of our Ruby on Rails masters

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