Friday, April 12, 2019

New Hire at Umbraco HQ: Michael Larsen

“Hi there! I’m Michael. How can I help you today?”

That is one of my favourite things to write these days.

I am one of the newest additions to the SWAT team (Support Warriors And Troubleshooters). I have a passion for front-end development and a newly found passion for communication. Working with the customers of Umbraco is really exciting and the feeling of helping others is amazing.

But to be honest, my introduction and love for Umbraco have had a rocky start, to say the least. I was first introduced to this wonderful product during my studies at UCL University College were I studied Web Development and I hated Umbraco - with passion. Semesters went by and I started working with other technologies and found one I hated even more. And thank the higher powers for that - because that’s what made me decide to give Umbraco a second chance. The second time around was a completely different experience than the first. I guess it was because the way I tackled it the second time around.

This shows how important it is to get the right introduction to a new technology from the very beginning. And that is also one of the reasons I applied for an Internship at Umbraco - I wanted to make sure that others with an interest in Umbraco have a chance to get a great start and truly get to learn and experience what a great tool Umbraco really is.

Enough talk about Umbraco… time to get to know me.

I live in Odense. Have been here my whole life and have no plans on leaving any time soon.

I live together with my fantastic girlfriend and have been doing so for the past eight years - on May 2nd we'll celebrate 10 years together.

I am a father of two wonderful children who I have the pleasure of having every other weekend - yes, I am a weekend dad. There are plans on expanding the family in the near future.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my special someone doing whatever comes to our mind; walks in the woods or relaxing on the couch.

I am also very fond of playing on my trusted PlayStation. Whenever I have the time I like to kick back and relax with a good game with a great story that I can immerse myself into.

Other than my trusted PlayStation and my wonderful girlfriend I have “ma boys”. My old study group - “Two Fingers Production”. We like to meet up and have a laugh.

We go to the movies, meet up for a nice meal and some great tasting beer. Every time it is possible, we leave the world behind and enjoy each others company and forget everything else.

My time so far at Umbraco HQ has been an eventful one doing a lot of training so I know everything there is to know when I have to help our wonderful customers. And I was so lucky to be here when Umbraco 8 launched. That was a very intense day with many emotions running through Umbraco HQ - mostly happy and excited emotions 🎉

That is all for me. Talk to you soon, hopefully :) 

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