Hello! I’m Sophie, and I’m a Project Manager at Globalme – I work a lot on the speech and wearable side of the house. I’ve been a part of Team Globalme for over two and a half years, making me one of the original employees (only Hanna, Emre, and Soo surpass me)!
Though I was born in Germany, I moved to Maple Ridge when I was very young and so call beautiful BC ‘home’. Growing up in Maple Ridge was fantastic – I still go for weekend visits now that I live in Vancouver – mostly because of the people and the nature. If we wanted to go camping, boom! 30 minutes later, we’d be smack in the middle of Golden Ears Provincial Park or floating about on a lake. After high school, I went to the University of the Fraser Valley to go into teaching (though soon discovered that career path wasn’t quite for me), and then to Langara University to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing.
Globalme was still a small company two and a half years ago – but I really liked the startup environment, and Hanna and Emre’s personable, can-do attitude reeled me in. I was fresh out of university when I joined the team, and in fact, hadn’t even crossed the stage before my first day of work! When we first moved into our current office in Gastown, I remember thinking that the space was a little too spacious. There were only six of us at the time, and we could’ve done cartwheels or thrown a football around with room to spare. However, a few months down the line, the team exploded and grew exponentially. Now, we’re fighting for desk space (and sometimes steal each others chairs when no one’s looking). It’s been wonderful to see how fast the company has developed as a whole, especially now that we’ve gotten more into speech technology and emerging tech devices – which has always been something we’ve aimed for.
I’m sure everyone here says a similar thing, but my favorite thing about Globalme has to be the people more than anything. Hanna and Emre are very selective about who they hire; after all, the team in a growing company is what makes or breaks you. So, everyone clicks really well – but at the same time, everyone has different backgrounds, skill sets, and knowledge to share. The other thing is that there are no real limits at Globalme; you’re never stuck in a box, and you’re always given the opportunity to grow into whatever you want to be. It’s a special experience, and I have to pinch myself every once in a while to remind myself that not all companies are this supportive of their employees.
Here are two truths and one lie about me – take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I grew up on a house-boat.
- I’ve owned a frog, a turtle, and a mouse.
- I have an intense fear of snakes.
Until next time,