Whether you are following Cubits Team posts or not, this is another one of the series. Last time we talked with Kasper. This story is based on an interview — or rather a talk — with Dmitry, our Frontend Developer at Cubits.
Dmitry has been working with the team for over 3 months now. During my conversation with him, he’s shared some interesting information about himself, his past, his life in Berlin, and his vision of Bitcoin.
Working with Cubits Team
How did you join Cubits Team?
I found Cubits through the acquaintances. There is this guy whom I met through a Russian-speaking Facebook group, IT Berlin. I was unemployed at that time, so I told everybody that I needed a job asap. The guy gave me the contact of Max. We met and talked, and started working together.
And how do you like working with the Cubits Team?
If you’re asking me if I experience positive emotions, then yes, definitely. …You know, when you join a corporation, and that’s all what it is, a corporation. If I compare the working experiences [of working with Cubits and working for a corporation] by, say, an employer’s involvement into the process, then it’s much higher here. I can say this for sure — I feel much better here than in most of other companies I worked for previously.
Thoughts about Bitcoin
What are your sentiments towards it Bitcoin? What are you interested in more, Bitcoin as a technology or Bitcoin as a financial system?
It would feel good to know that Bitcoin will survive this year. Not just the technology (Blockchain), but Bitcoin itself. I like the idea of working without middlemen. Decentralized systems are more stable. They are the systems, from the mathematical point of view, as opposed to the classic systems, banks. …We may sway the system (for example, currency rates), but it will still remain intact.
I’ve been following Bitcoin news, and it looks like everything’s okay right now. Countries and their financial institutions seem to understand correctly what Bitcoin is, and what benefits and risks may come with it. They have recognized Bitcoin as an alternative currency, and are now trying to integrate. Sooner or later, they will integrate.
How do you think halving will impact Bitcoin in the future?
I can only refer to things that have already been said. Right now, the mining rewards barely cover the mining costs. So, it will be either the growth of Bitcoin price to USD or EUR, or the price will be artificially maintained by the large companies already involved in Bitcoin. The latter will be a bad case scenario, as any intervention in the currency rates is artificial. Respectively, if that happens, and then people will get tired of this, the price might drop significantly.
Living and working in Berlin
When did you first come to Berlin?
If we count back from now, then it’s 1.5 years ago that I moved to Berlin with a Russian company. We worked here for some time and then shut down. Prior to Cubits, I have worked for one more company, which is, by the way, located somewhere nearby.
How do you feel about living here?
…It’s May now, and I started working in March. If Max postponed the decision to hire me, I would’ve been in Russia by now. The thing is I didn’t have any money left. I could’ve gone back in winter, but I didn’t do it. Because I like it here. Even in winter, when it’s dark and dim, but still cool. So, I’ve made my choice. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to stay here for good.
Do you have any favorite places in Berlin?
I like Charlottenburg — I enjoy living there. I like it around here [Neukölln/Kreuzberg, the Landwehr Canal nearabouts]. What I don’t like is Hermannplatz. By the way, I’ve found a gym in the neighborhood. Not a fitness club, but a real thing for heavy workouts. So, I can say that I’m settling in little by little.
– He finds the two things most amazing about Berlin. The first one is smiling grandmas on their bikes. The second one is dogs who are very calm, because they know that they are loved and cared about.
– Prior to frontend development, he was a technical writer and then worked in the patents department with Kaspersky Lab.
– He’s now struggling to learn German.
– He would buy a motorcycle one day and travel with it.
– He would love to live on the rooftop floor.
That’s it for now. You can see our previous stories here. Also, next week, stay tuned for more stories from colleagues who joined Cubits Team recently.