Every day I am learning something new, whether it is technology-related, social or personal.
We interviewed Spiros Michalakopoulos, our new Data Lead. Find out a little more about this great professional who has joined the Dcycle team.
I’ve lived for considerable lengths of time in Greece, the USA, England and Spain and worked in various companies, institutions, universities and schools, as a software developer, researcher and teacher. I’ve also worked in restaurants, hotels, bars and shops, as a shop assistant, dishwasher, cook, and waiter and I’ve met and worked with people from all over the world. I’ve even worked for about a year as a kitchen fitter/assistant.
Because of this, I find that the two most difficult questions for me to answer are “Where are you from?” and “What do you do?”.
Having had this variety of professional and personal experiences, one thing I’ve learned is that the most important thing in the success or failure of any business or project are the people involved in it. It doesn’t matter at all what the person’s gender, race, personal beliefs, religion… etc., are. What matters is wanting the project to succeed, being flexible and agile in dealing with your teammates, customers, and market, and doing your best regardless of the circumstances.
It’s highly probable that companies will be required to publish the GHG emissions impact their operations have on the environment, so much so that many will not be able to function without it. I can’t be sure about how much our software will contribute to reducing environmental harm, since what we are offering is scientific analysis and data that allows companies to make decisions and act while being aware of their impact, but one thing I am certain of is that Dcycle will help these small to medium size companies survive and thrive within this new paradigm.
Carbon footprint reporting and measures to reduce it will be as commonplace as accounting and financial auditing is nowadays, and the smaller companies will struggle to meet the requirements unless solutions such as ours are available, affordable, robust and scalable.
For me this is one of the biggest challenges in my professional career. I’ve been given an important role in designing and implementing the data end of our SaaS system, which is nothing less than a Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence system for the sustainability revolution.
I am motivated by good, solid, scalable engineering practices. There’s a term “Sustainable Software Development” which, roughly speaking, means software that can be relatively easily maintained, extended, and scaled. We currently have around a hundred customers which should increase to thousands in the next year, and millions in years to come.
We are lucky to have a team at Dcycle that has expertise and talent in other areas than mine, such as design, UX, and front end development, marketing, management… etc. I know that with this awesome team we will be developing a product that we will all be proud of. It’s a challenge because although I have plenty of experience in software development and a PhD in computer science, it doesn’t really matter much when starting a project that is so ambitious and projected to reach a huge number of users in the next few years. Every day I am learning something new, whether that’s tech related, societal, or personal, not to mention all the knowledge I am obtaining regarding fuels, combustion, energy… etc., all the things we need to work with on a daily basis.
Mainly two things: life and freedom. One of my favourite writers, Kazantzakis, best summed it up: “I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free.”.
Others that have inspired me are writers, musicians, and comedians: Jack Kerouac, Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Franzen, Bob Dylan, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, John Coltrane, Miles Davis… the list goes on, so I’ll stop here before I remember any others, who are/were also inspired by life and freedom, and expressed it in their art.
How do they inspire me? According to this definition of “inspire”: “to make someone have a particular strong feeling or reaction”…, anything that makes me laugh out loud, but that contains deep social or philosophical meaning (see Jonathan Richman, George Carlin, Bill Hicks), falls within this definition for me. Anyone who can make me cry with their words or music also falls within this definition. Kazantzakis, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Franzen, John Coltrane and Miles Davis can all make me cry with their art.
As for Jack Kerouac, he’s in a league of his own, since his books equal life, and freedom.
I already mentioned some writers previously, but if you want one book that should inspire anyone, or at least make them think and get a different perspective on … life and society, I’d recommend my favourite book of all, Albert Camus’ L’Étranger.
My favourite movies are those directed by Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, so, I don’t know how inspirational they are to others, but I love them!
As for series, my favourites are the Fibonacci series (for an easy viewing experience) and the Taylor series (when in the mood for a more difficult mental challenge).
As for my favourite activity to get inspired, there’s nothing like a long walk, in the countryside or flaneuring through a city like London, Athens, Boston, or Madrid.
Dcycle measures the footprint of scopes 1, 2 and 3, i.e. both direct emissions and those generated by third parties.
The carbon footprint measures the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) produced directly or indirectly by humans.