Q: Who are you? Where are you from?
A: My name is Elvis, but most people knows me as DJ Smoke. I am originally from Cape Verde(group of islands that lies 385 miles (620 km) off the west coast of Africa). Now I live in Dorchester, MA. I’am a father of two boys, and one of words that define me is “Adventure”.
Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?
A: My background is a mix :). I do have two bachelor’s degrees, one in Management of Information Systems and another one in Graphic and Web design, what leaded me to first work as a Junior PL/SQL Developer and later as a Front-End Developer. Between these to past Jobs I was also a United States Marine Corps, where I served for 4 years and got an Honorable Discharge. On top of that I’m a Professional DJ.
Q: Why are you joining Modulate?
A: No better place to work than here, and this is what I been feeling since the first I applied for my job position. I joined Modulate because I believe in their mission and that it will succeed. I joined because it captivated me. I love the culture, the inclusivity, the opportunities, and the transparence that is with in Modulate. I also believe in a better and safer environment, and now days most of the interaction is through the digital world, and I am sure that Modulate will have a big impact on keep our digital world more safe and more enjoyable. All of the above and more are what made me decided to join this amazing team.
Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?
A: My ideal work environment is one where I'm able to work as part of a team and that allows everyone's talents to grow. A place where I have an opportunity to develop my skills continually, and also, a place allows me to have an adequate work-life balance.
Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?
A: Inclusivity and transparency.
Q: Who are you outside of work?
A: Outside work, I am still a UX/UI Designer, a DJ, a father. I like to enjoy my life as much as I can. It can be with my family, my friends, or by myself. I do love to travel and know places.
Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?
A: I’m good listener, I am always ready to help anyone that need my help. I am also very friendly. I’m also a fast runner.
Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!
A: Remember that you only live once, for a very short time. So make every second divine. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Elvis left the building.