Feb 21

Meet the Staff: Ibrahim Rodríguez

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 09:00 — julie

Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet Ibrahim Rodríguez from Support.

What is it like working for Envato, and what are some of the jobs you’ve had with us?

I really love working at Envato. I started out handling anti-piracy matters in relation to content from Envato’s marketplaces. I did so for about a year and a half.

I couldn’t believe that I was working for the company producing awesome tutorials and resources which I was a frequent reader and follower. It was very strange and confusing at the very beginning because I didn’t think it was possible working smoothly and remotely from home.

I remember being a paranoid parrot and telling my wife Nathalie during the first week that this work was going to be just for a couple of weeks but here I am! still working with awesome bosses, co-workers and meeting amazing people from the community.

My current position is Ninja in the Envato Stealth Department or Copyright Support Officer which is part of Envato Support Department, but as a dedicated staff member handling piracy related cases and tickets. I chase, hunt and investigate all sorts of piracy and copyright issues. This way we try to keep authors’ items healthy and save sales.

Also, part of my daily tasks is annoying Drew Douglass and Jarel Remick via chat to help me correct and improve my written English. I think they hate me because of this. (Paranoid parrot again).

What projects are you working on at the moment?

My main goal and project for this year is getting closer to authors and letting them know that we really care about their items. I have been working in stealth mode the last few months (remember I am a Ninja), so a lot of people don’t realize we have a Copyright Support section.

Unfortunately piracy has become a business these days. It’s hard to say that we will remove all pirated content from marketplaces and blogs over the internet but we try to put a lot of hard work into deleting huge batches of links weekly and protecting items. We know authors work hard to achieve beautiful and awesome pieces of art, and obviously it’s not fair finding these being offered for free by others!

Now that you know this, remember you can submit a ticket to let us know about any pirated content you find. Submit the tickets using this following form. I know you want your shiny anti-piracy helper badge as well! ;)

As a personal resolution, Nathalie and I are looking forward to improving our English skills. This might cause us to move again (you’ll know soon why I say again) to an English speaking country. This could be England, but as we’re still planning things, we will stay in Spain for a while.

Describe your workspace.

I actually work from home. My wife and I have been jumping from place to place lately. We moved from our country Venezuela to Spain—initially we arrived at Tenerife, and a month later we moved to Barcelona, where we are now. My workspace is in the house where we are living.

My work setup is an unibody white MacBook 2.26 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD. I also use 1 TB External HDD, Moleskine, Magic Mouse, wireless keyboard, iPod Classic 120 GB with lot of Jazz, Cuban and Electronic music, and Sennheiser earbuds. The software setup I use every day includes Dropbox, Alfred, Google Docs, Mozilla Firefox, Skype, CloudApp, and Rule.fm which is a great web app for projects and milestones.

I’m trying to get rich selling Envato branded snuggies in partnership with Drew and Jordan. If we achieve this then I will buy a MacBook Pro soon.

What does your average day look like?

My day starts late. I am a night owl and I get up around 10-11 am. I start checking emails, both work and personal, add some pirated sites to my links queue, and call my wife to tell that I love her. (I listen to her telling me that I’m going to get sick someday going to bed so late at night, and mom and dad say the same.) Then I go out for personal stuff such as banking, paperwork, the supermarket or washing clothes, cooking, etc.

The time that I really get focused is after 5 pm. At this time I start digging into huge lists of links and copyright support tickets. I make a break to have dinner with Nathalie and talk. My work schedule finishes at 12-1 am and that is when I start studying and practicing some CSS and web stuff until 4-5 am. Sometimes I work at the opposite time—working by day and sleeping at night—but this is not my typical day.

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, I’m talking to my mom, dad, sister and friends via Skype, watching movies, reading stuff at Forrst.com, retouching pictures of co-workers, cooking new spaghetti sauce recipes, talking to my good friend Drew about burgers, hanging out with Nathalie at Barcelona in La Rambla which is a nice boulevard to see all sorts of artists (most of them are amazing living statues) and eating Nutella crepe or ice cream.

Also, I try to learn some CSS and annoy Stuart Richardson with silly CSS questions. (Thanks Stu!) I’m a quiet Ninja. I don’t like going out or partying too much. I spend most of my spare time on Internet, planning with my wife, and doing some Shuriken training for facing pirates.

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