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Shamir Allibhai, CEO

Shamir Allibhai  

Founder / CEO

About

Filmmaker + Technologist. I love interviewing people and hearing them reflect on their formative experiences.

Person I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

Cleopatra. Because there are just so many unanswered questions to ask!

A documentary I want to make

My father's story as he worked his way through an impoverished upbringing to achieve the “Canadian dream” and live a life defined by kindness, decency, hard work and modesty so that his kids may have a better future. I know, not exactly a blockbuster but a personal tale I’d like to memorialize for my family.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave his first Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan (Aug 11, 1947)...“If you change your past and work together in a spirit that every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste, or creed, is first, second, and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.”

What I do with extra time recouped (from automated transcription)

I spend more time understanding the subject from his/her point of view.

I also have more time for pickling radishes. And okra. :)

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Roderick Hodgson, VP of Engineering and AI

Roderick Hodgson

VP of Engineering and AI

About

I’m a creative technologist and a developer. I see technology as a tool to help me do creative and inspiring things.

Person(s) I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

Leonardo da Vinci. I’d love to hear more about the genesis of some of his ideas. Where did it all come from?

A documentary I want to watch (again)

System Failure: The Boeing Crashes – How could a plane be approved with a computerized system designed to override pilots without pilots even knowing about it?

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had a moment to themselves while they were sat in their tin can on the moon. I’d love to hear what they talked about. What topics of conversation can you bring up in that environment?

What I do with extra time recouped

Summiting small mountains around Europe. Through rain, sun, or snow.

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Mike Matzdorff, Head of Industry

Mike Matzdorff

Head of Industry

About

Father, storyteller, and a guy who likes to make funny voices.

Person(s) I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

My two grandfathers, together, in the same room. Both crossed the world and made their way with major adversity. I wish I could talk to them about it.

A documentary I want to watch (again)

Hearts of Darkness. It was shocking enough that studios allowed films like “Apocalypse Now” to be made, but to hear of how this one was made, the intense situations, and Francis Ford Coppola pecking away at a typewriter during monsoon season just blew me away.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

David Bowie was recording “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and/or the Rolling Stones recording “Exile on Main Street.” These two albums are forever burned in my brain, so full of emotion and passion.

What I do with extra time recouped

I have so many rolls of film that need to be scanned and organized… too many to think about, so I’ll spend the time swimming with my kids.

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Bhautik Gadhiya, Sr. iOS and Mac OS Developer

Bhautik Gadhiya

Sr. iOS and Mac OS Developer

About

I love learning and figuring out challenges, especially when they entail developing applications for iOS and macOS.

Person(s) I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

Rata Tata, an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons.

A documentary I want to watch

Hare Krishna! An exploration of the life and philosophy of Srila Prabhupada, the controversial Indian swami whose teachings sparked a movement now known as Hare Krishna.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

There are many - when India won the World Cup in cricket at 2011, when I got first rank at college for college level coding competition.

What I do with extra time recouped

Like any normal person - rest, watch movies, and spend time with family. Sometimes learn new things, listen Bhajan.

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Jorge Alejandro Díaz Echeverría, Web developer

Jorge Alejandro Díaz Echeverría

Web developer

About

Software Engineer with a passion for web development. I love to travel, meet new people, and find new cultures.

Person(s) I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

Jesus Christ and José Mujica (former president of Uruguay). I’d love to hear from them their thoughts on helping the most vulnerable and doing things the right way.

A documentary I want to watch (again)

Ancient Aliens. I just love to see and imagine how there’s intelligent life somewhere else and how, as us, they are trying to make first contact to any kind of life outside their world.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

Any important event from the Renaissance era, being able to hear what those brilliant minds discussed to get humanity into the Modern era.

What I do with extra time recouped

Read, being out there in nature, travel, and learning new stuff!

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Thai Phan, Backend Developer

Thai Phan

Backend Developer

About

Backend Developer who loves to learn new things, play football, walk, and travel.

Person(s) I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

Uncle Ho, a former Vietnamese president I really admire and respect.

A documentary I want to watch

A documentary on the Vietnam War.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

When Vietnam Men's Football Team won Gold at Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

What I do with extra time recouped

Learning new stuff, travel, hang out with my friends

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Emily Maina, Customer Support

Emily Maina

Customer Support


About

Mom, bibliophile, word game addict, transcriptionist

Person I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

God. Come on, all the knowledge!

A documentary I want to watch

The one where a group of people with disparate personalities and outlooks on life get together to try and reverse an environmental disaster. Wait. That's Endgame. I want to watch Avengers Endgame again.

I wish I was a fly on the wall when

There are so many moments I would have loved to be a fly on the wall (yes, because I'm nosey) but I'll go with when Elon Musk first articulated his plans for Space X to someone.

What I do with extra time recouped

Sleep, snooze, nap, read, procrastinate cleaning the house, then read/sleep some more.

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Neha Singh, Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer

Neha Singh

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer

About

I'm software testing expert with 10+ years of industry experience in web, desktop and mobile app testing.

I have worked with large MNCs like Infosys Technologies and Adobe Systems.

Person I’d like to interview (living or deceased)

William Shakespeare - I would like to ask how he came up with his ideas.

A documentary I want to watch

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

I wish I was a fly on the wall in the air when

The Wright Brothers succeeded with their first flight. I am in awe of great inventors and their genius.

What I do with extra time recouped

Watch more Bollywood movies, duh. :)

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