5 + 1 Questions With Elance Staffer, Stephan Outrey.e_darrellj | Nov 12, 2013
1. What’s your job here at Elance?
Answer: Originally from France, I am a software engineer at Elance in charge of the Trust and Reporting subdivision. This subdivision encompasses the famous MyStats feature. In case you didn’t know it, MyStats is used to analyze freelancers’ important data for computing their Elance level, points and ranks.
While working in close conjunction with our OPS team, I also laid the foundation for several improvements to our platform. Some examples are guaranteeing the timely processing and delivery of emails, the handling and scheduling of recurring payments and the constant updating of user content. In addition, I assist the Customer Service team to promptly handle user requests.
2. What do you like most about working at Elance?
Answer: I definitely most like Elance’s global impact. Our platform simply empowers people. On one hand, an individual with a great start-up idea does not need to know how to design, how to program, how to advertise or how to place cold calls! Our platform will simply present the best candidates possible in order to bring his or her idea to life and to allow it to finally succeed.
On the other hand, the technological exodus has already started. More and more jobs are moving online; thus, the physical presence of employees is less pertinent. Most of the time you simply need to have an internet connection, in order to be hired and to be paid on our platform. Your skills are valuable and will make a difference on our platform.
3. How do you Work Differently?
Answer: Despite my long commute, I enjoy starting my day early while the office is still quiet. It is a great way to take a fresh look at the purpose of my job and to contemplate how I can improve things. Carpooling is ideal for me to meet new people and to get home early on a regular basis.
4. What songs are now on heavy rotation as you’re working-away?
Answer: I let Huka, our African Grey parrot, decide on our playlists. He takes pleasure in imitating my voice. He then impersonates me to my lovely wife, who is the love of his heart, too. To answer your question, I like to hum and sing a mixture of French and English electronica music. Electronica is the music computers would sing if they could.
5. When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Answer: California is practically ideal for me! I hike at the Pinnacles, in Yosemite and in redwood forests. I like spending time on the beach with my wife picnicking at dusk. Watching sea otters, sea lions and seals in the Monterey Bay is pretty fun, too! I enjoy visiting art galleries, especially when my wife is one of the featured artists. I love to taste wine in local wineries and to improve my pallet. However, I do miss French food. If it weren’t for my wife’s delectable cooking, I probably would not have stayed in the U.S.
6. (Bonus question!) OK, ask yourself anything. No subject is off the table.
My question: What is little known about you and where you came from?
Answer: I grew up in the Jura Mountains near the Alps in France on a dairy farm. Our milk is used to make the delicious Comté cheese. My home village has only seventy inhabitants, yet it is populated with almost one thousand cows. Nozeroy, where I attended grade school, is the smallest city in France. A few kilometers away lies the coldest city in France, Mouthe, otherwise known as “little Siberia”. I grew up cross-country skiing and even competed at the national level for a time.
Our region is famous historically for the industrialization of eyeglasses in Morez. Also, Louis Pasteur and his family were native to the area. I am proud to share roots with Pasteur whose unprecedented breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology are still widely known and in use today.
I studied at Iowa State University where the Atanasoff–Berry Computer was the first electronic, digital, computing device. Algorithms were my favorite subject to study. Throughout college, I dreamt of working in Silicon Valley. Now, here at Elance, I am sure that we are certainly writing history by transforming the lives of millions of people around the globe.