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It has been one year since Simone Gasbarroni joined the team of founders in a tiny conference room with no natural light to work on Oval Money, developing initially the back bone of the existing backend and sprinting through the iOs app for a release in April!

One year of Gas in numbers:
  • ☕ Coffees drank: 637
  • 💻 Mac Charge Cycles: 207
  • 🏋 Kg gained: 6
  • 🚴 Km commuted by bike: 1213
  • 🚲 Bikes bought: 3
  • 🚲 Bikes sold: 1
  • 🤓 Lines of code: 53781
  • 🤓 Commits on Github completed: 442
1. What were your preconceptions of Oval Money before you started?

I did not have great preconceptions about Oval becuse it was still a project in stealth mode, but I was very adverse to the startup ecosystem in Italy in general.
Having worked as a consultant and thus programmed for a number of new projects, I came to believe that startup businesses would generally fail very fast, that they would be late with payments or also never pay for services. Also I thought I was unable to value a startup as many projects that I believed in failed fast, whilst, many projects that I considered not attractive, instead grew rapidly.
I chose Oval not for the project but for the peopel, and after a year working in a startup I really see myself as a valuable contributor in this environment and I have changed my mind on startups in general!

2. After a year working with us would you say it was everything you expected it to be?

Expectations are always different from reality (both positive and negative) but I can say I am very satisfied with the results achieved so far with the Oval Money team.

3. Given you had your chance again would you take the opportunity to work with Oval?

Yes, absolutely!

4. What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Biking, dismantling and rebuilding bicycles, playing hitball, going to festivals and concerts.

5. What is your favourite drink to order at the bar?

Gin Tonic, and I like my coffee bitter do you know what they say?

6. What’s the craziest thing you ever did?

A lot of things I consider normal are considered crazy and vice versa.

7. If you could go on holiday anywhere in the world where would it be?


8. What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

There are at least 50, but these are the first 3: oxygen, water, proteins

9. What did you do before you started with Oval?

7 years in a consulting development agency, three of which I lived between Italy and Africa

10. What’s your dream job?

Beinga a Guru, or the one I will invent sooner or later ...

11. What’s your biggest fear?

Syringes and snakes

12. What’s your biggest weakness?

I have not found anything that is exclusively a weakness. Apart from Java!

13. What’s your favourite quote/line from a movie?

Too weird to live, and too rare to die. (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

14. What did you want to be growing up?

A physicist, I was great at the subject in school



Un anno di Gas con in numeri:
  • ☕ Caffè presi: 637
  • 💻 Cicli di carica del mac: 207
  • 🏋 Kg presi: 6
  • 🚴 Km fatti in bici per fare casa/lavoro - lavoro/casa: 1213
  • 🚲 Bici comprate: 3
  • 🚲 Bici vendute: 1
  • 🤓 Linee di codice scritte: 53781
  • 🤓 Commit su github fatti: 442
1. Che preconcetti avevi di Oval Money prima di far parte del team?

Non avevo grandi preconcetti in merito a Oval in sè, non sapevo nulla, li avevo sulla realtà startup italiana in generale.
Avendo lavorato come consulente non avevo una buona opinione, nella mia testa la startup era sempre qualcosa destinato a fallire presto, che avrebbe tardato con i pagamenti o non avrebbe pagato affatto, molti progetti in cui riponevo fiducia andavano male e al contempo tanti progetti che reputavo inutili andavano a gonfie vele. Dopo un anno posso dire di aver cambiato idea, è una vita che non mi dispiace affatto.

2. Dopo un anno in Oval Money le aspettative sono state soddisfatte?

Le aspettative sono sempre diverse dalla realtà (sia in positivo che in negativo) ma sono soddisfatto dei risultati raggiunti finora.

3. Rifaresti la scelta di lavorare in Oval Money?

Assolutamente sì!

4. Cosa ti piace fare quando non sei al lavoro?

Andare in bicicletta, smontare e rimontare biciclette, giocare a hitball, andare a festival e concerti.

5. Drink preferito?

Gin Tonic, bevo anche il caffè amaro, sapete cosa dicono?

6. La cosa più pazza che hai fatto?

Un sacco di cose che reputo normali sono considerate pazzie e viceversa.

7. Se potessi andare in vacanza ovunque, dove andresti?


8. Cose di cui non puoi fare a meno?

Ce ne sono almeno 50, ti dico le prime 3: ossigeno, acqua, proteine

9. Cosa facevi prima di venire in Oval Money?

7 anni di consulenza di cui 3 tra Italia e Africa

10. Lavoro dei sogni?

Il Guru, oppure quello che inventerò io, prima o poi…

11. La tua più grande paura?

Siringhe e serpenti

12. La tua più grande mancanza?

Non ho ancora trovato qualcosa che sia esclusivamente una debolezza. A parte Java.

13. Citazione preferita di un film?

Too weird to live, and too rare to die. (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

14. Cosa volevi essere da grande?

Un fisico, ero un fenomeno nella materia a scuola ;)