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Octopus Profile: Esau Rodriquez, Developer

January 18, 2017

Octopus Profile: Esau Rodriquez, Developer

As a kid, Esau started out programming an old Amstrad CPC 464. His first successful application was a trivia game about basketball, a sport he is still obsessed with. Esau soon discovered Open Source coding. While attending university in the Canary Islands, Esau became part of an Open Source group, “back when nobody had yet heard of Linux.”

Esau’s early career began in the IT department of his alma mater, the University of La Laguna. Soon he was programming for Intuit and fantasizing about moving to London. Like many other Labs recruits, it was at the Silicon Milk Roundabout that Esau first learned about Octopus. “It’s the confluence of startups and a well established business,” observes Esau. “We do startups, but we are well funded and the stakeholders perfectly understand our purpose. It’s a perfect situation.”

Esau’s Three Tips for Software Engineers:

  1. Avoid over-engineering. Go with the simplest solution. “Just because a certain technology is being hyped, it doesn’t mean you need to use it.”

  2. Understand what you are building. Are you building something that offers a genuine advantage?

  3. Read “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries


Among his goals for 2017, Esau wants develope Choice into something “really big.” More cycling is also on his list. Then there’s the side project he hopes to develop with his wife, Alicia. Esau describes it as “something parents can use for making their lives easier.” As a London parent with three young children of his own, Esau knows at least one dad who is looking forward to some new technology to make parenting a bit easier.