Vicente Plata

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  • @xnt
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Shop Pay by Shopify. Mentor, Advisor.
  • Kitchener - Waterloo πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
  • Code, memes, Spanglish
  • Dev Manager @ Shop Pay by Shopify
  • Mentor - Advisor to Latin American Engineers && Startups
  • Early hims, ex-Microsoft
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Positions

Dev Manager / Senior Frontend Engineer

  • Shopify
  • Feb 2021 - Present
  • 1 year

Engineering Lead

  • Hims & Hers
  • Apr 2019 - Feb 2021
  • 1 year 10 months

Software Engineer II

  • Microsoft
  • Sep 2012 - May 2018
  • 5 years 8 months

2021

Jul 28, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Made new friends
Went Live on YouTube
Talked about my career
Talked about software engineering
+ 2
Do you need a degree to work in tech? Should you get one?

I talked about it (in Spanish) with some new friends. https://youtu.be/Z8-1dYRjDRQ
Jun 28, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Went Live on YouTube
Talked about software teams
Talked about software engineering
talked about software development
Talked about programming
Mentored someone
Was interviewed in Spanish
Talked about my career
+ 6
I talked with the guys at TheDojoMX to give some context about my "20 tips for devs" threads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHrqenVs-dg
Jun 26, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Updated my personal website
Used Git
Used Github
Deployed a website
+ 2
I added YouTube and Polywork links to my website. Also, tweaked the main copy a little bit.

The website is built mostly with React but deployed as static assets to GitHub pages. You can check out and clone the repo here.
Jun 25, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Went Live on YouTube
Created an Expo app
Published a mobile app
Created a React Native app
Wrote a password generator
Went live in Spanish
+ 4
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The live where we wrote a password generator in less than 30 minutes went ok! You can watch it here.

This is the resulting Expo Snack. I think it went better than I expected given the time. Hope that you like it!
Jun 25, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Planning a coding live stream
I'll timebox myself to 40-ish minutes trying to create a password generator in Expo using snack

You can join us here. It'll be in Spanish
Jun 25, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Prepared Interviews
Reading resumes
Practiced coding problems
+ 1
Culture is one of the most, if not the most important asset of a company. And there are few things you can do to possibly impact the culture other than interviewing people. It is probably my favourite non-technical task. ❀️

Successfully conducting interviews not only helps you build amazing teams: even if you end up not hiring someone, treating everyone with respect and transmitting your excitement for your work can inspire candidates and their network to generate good vibes and a good outside-in culture and reputation. Not to mention, networking.

It's one of the things I'm proud of when I worked at hims and helped grow the engineering team. And now at Shopify and Shop, I try to do 2 interviews a week. After all, the goal of hiring 2021 engineers isn't going to meet by itself.

Unexpectedly, one of the colleagues I admire the most was lucky enough to get a COVID shot πŸ’‰ tomorrow. I chimed in to cover him lat minute, although I had another interview scheduled in the afternoon. So that'll make it 2 interviews in a day. 4 in a week. A new record 😊.

As excited as I am, the best interviews happen when you know just enough about the candidate to generate empathy and make them feel comfortable, but not too much that can trigger biases. So I just read resumes, prepared the problems, memorized solutions and alternatives (according to the interviewing stage they are at).
Dev Manager / Senior Frontend Engineer, Shopify
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