Intern Brian Evolves Into Full-time Brian


After a stint with us last summer as an intern, Brian has joined us now as a full-time engineer. Brian is the first intern we’ve hired for a full time position and we’re glad he’s decided to jump on board and join in on the fun. He’ll be working with a lot of the engineers to help improve some of our back-end systems. Let’s learn a bit more about Brian, shall we?

What is your Backblaze title?
Junior Software Engineer.

Where are you originally from?
Mountain View.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The people. Last summer I had the privilege to intern which was a great experience. After having multiple jobs with different sized companies and products I realized, for me, work isn’t nearly as much about what is being built as opposed to who I’m building it with. Everyone I have met here actually cares about me which is rare in the workplace, let alone the world. I want to work with people who care about each other, are eager to grow with each other, and are humble. Backblaze is just that.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
How to build software, test it, and put it into production. I also enjoy getting to know the people who I work with, their personalities, and ways I can help them enjoy their lives more.

Where did you go to school?
California Polytechnic Pomona.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
So far, New Zealand, treading in the footsteps of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee.

Favorite hobby?

“Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?
Which ever one has more stars.

Coke or Pepsi?

Favorite food?

Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
I don’t think I can actually express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work here. Being the first person in my family to graduate college and coming from a different background than many people here in Silicon Valley often makes me question how I even got here or how I was chosen to work at such a great a company like this. I will never forget the people who gave me my first opportunity to pursue my career and change my life. This job has rippling effects throughout my family and life. So thank you, this means so much more to me than just a job.

Welcome aboard, Brian! We’re excited to have you as part of our team, and if you ever need us to tell your family that you’re doing a good job, we’ll be happy to call your mom for you!


About Yev

Yev Pusin is the senior director of Marketing and sometimes Marketing chief of staff at Backblaze, which he joined in 2011. Yev has a degree in business and communications from the University of Iowa, where he developed an alliteration affinity. Yev enjoys writing in an amusing way about the "why" of things and how decisions are made, so that readers can learn and be entertained all at once. Follow Yev on: Twitter: @YevP | LinkedIn: Yev Pusin