Meet the Thunkable Team: Jose Dominguez, Principal Engineer
At Thunkable, we can’t do what we do without the incredible folks behind the scenes. In this new blog series, we’ll spotlight a Thunkable employee, share their history, why they like working at Thunkable, and more. We’re kicking things off with Jose Dominguez, a Principal Engineer at Thunkable.
Dominguez at a Glance
Favorite place you've traveled: Italy
Favorite song/album/artist: Too difficult, but right now I am a sort of obsessed with Loretta by Ginger Root. Fave album is OK Computer by Radiohead
Go-to karaoke song: I don’t really have one
Advice you'd give your younger self: Don't mess with the space-time continuum!
Any hidden talents: I can totally live on high hydration sourdough bread and Diet Coke
Favorite book: Drag and Drop Code with Thunkable by the maestro David Wolber
Pet peeves: Excuses
Guilty pleasures: Has to be Gogglebox
Favorite cuisine: Northern Spanish food
Before Joining the Thunkable Team
Thunkable has been on Dominguez's radar since its infancy. Back in 2012, Dominguez was working on a project called MIT App Inventor when he first met Arun Saigal and Weihua Li who went on to co-found Thunkable. They eventually parted ways but remained in touch. Dominguez followed Thunkable’s progress from afar before officially joining the team in 2019.
Working at Thunkable
At Thunkable, Dominguez’s role in engineering has really grown and evolved. At Thunkable, we’re expanding the engineering team, and Dominguez has been helping to spearhead those efforts, stating, “The roles in engineering have changed quite a bit in  because we've basically doubled the team. Historically, it was five of us or maybe six of us in engineering. We had a lot of users and a lot of projects. Basically most of us did whatever needed to get done next. It was very much startup vibes. One day you could be deploying, and the following day you could realize that you broke something in the deployments and spend the day trying to fix it. We wanted to move fast, but when you move fast, you break things. For the first couple of years, I worked quite a bit on the apps, the Thunkable Live companion app that we have.”
Nowadays, Dominguez serves in a senior position on the engineering team due to growth over the past year. He shared, “In the last six months, because we've hired quite a few people, I now find myself doing a lot of organizing projects,”
Seeing the team grow is not without its challenges, but Dominguez is excited for what’s to come, explaining, “It used to be five of us writing code. We knew what to test, we knew what we could release. Now we have double the people writing code. It's more complicated. At the same time, [potential Thunkable engineers] would be joining at a time when we've done a lot of the groundwork. All of the teething problems are solved; the system is more stable than it used to be.”
Working Remotely at Thunkable
While Thunkable started in San Francisco (and a number of employees still count SF as home base), most of our employees work remotely. Dominguez enjoys the flexibility of remote work but will often meet up with a few other Dublin-based Thunkable employees.
Even though Thunkable employees are all over the world, each team gets together 2-3 times a year to have an off-site meeting where they brainstorm, problem solve issues, and get to know one another. And meeting in person is important to Dominguez. He explains, “I think it's important to meet people at least once because when you meet in real life or in person, the communication is better after that.”
Why Work at Thunkable?
When you ask Dominguez what he likes most about working at Thunkable, his answer is short and succinct: “Number one is the people. There's no doubt about it.”
At Thunkable, we pride ourselves on our company culture, something Dominguez echoes by stating, “The whole culture is very open. If there's a meeting, everyone is invited. If you have any interest in anything in particular, you can join the meetings, even if it's not your team. In the weekly team meeting we discuss everything.”
Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is also important to employees and leadership. Dominguez says, ”Joining now, it wouldn't be the crazy startup culture that you have to work for 10 hours [a day]. We don't do that. We're actually pretty good at not doing that. I think that comes from the top. You're not expected to be online after hours. [Now] would be a nice time to join because, if you want to see a company growing in tech, there's a lot of opportunity.
Join the Thunkable Team
We think Thunkable is a pretty great place to work (but we may be biased). If you’re interested in opportunities at Thunkable check out our job openings here.