Interview #5 - Andrei Verdes

Andrei is 28 years old from Iasi, Romania. Andrei is focused in the Internet of Things (IoT); he is an android developer for Noldeea. Noldeea does outsourcing for an IoT company called myDevices, which is based in the US. Andrei and I had a nice lunch together and discussed the keys to the future of the world and technology.

Question 1: What do you believe tomorrow’s technology looks like? What is it?

After I ask this question I generally expect the interviewee to answer stating that it is going to be centred around whichever domain they are employed in (IoT). Andrei had an interesting response when he went the route of the future being overtaken by virtual reality (VR).

When I think of VR I instantly envision gaming and the new headpieces that you see people slowly adopting. I even imagine people becoming fixated and addicted to these games due to increased portability and realness of advanced technology. Andrei sees VR changing the world’s everyday occurrences. Instead of handheld phones all of our information will eventually come from eye chips, glasses, or some sort of VR information technology that will be transferred in a hands-free way. To tie into his point Andrei concluded saying it is not just VR, but the integration of many new technologies, like IoT, AI, Blockchain and Big Data, into a VR consumer concept.

Question 2: Do you believe in the myths of millennials being disloyal and/or lazy?

“Millennials don’t do s**t!” Andrei exclaimed with a chuckle. He was just being humorous… I think.

After digesting his first statement we dove into the facts about people from the past. Andrei spoke on how back in the day workers would work hard long hours for years and not expect a raise or promotion. Maybe after 15+ years they could become a partner or CEO. Now a days Andrei says millennials come into companies and are expecting to become the CEO one year after their first day. Andrei reiterated Josh’s point from interview 1, “millennials like to work smart, not hard”.

The apparent disloyal tendencies of the Millennial generation are not a reflection of the Millennial character but rather a product of today’s global connectivity. Andrei cited access to the internet and transportation as an influential factor in employment decisions. Nowadays you can work from many different places. If you can connect to the internet, you can work. Therefore the movement of ideas and physical locations is far easier to navigate.

Question 3: Pretend I were to give you $50,000 and you could allocate it however you wanted in order to generate the highest ROI, using tomorrow’s technology. How would you allocate the cash?

“It depends how you want to get your profits. If you’re playing for the long run, just invest in low risk stuff. But if you’re short term, I don’t know, crypto, like Bitcoin might make sense. My money is on Ripple (another crypto currency). Hopefully all banks will invest into Ripple. My bet is on Ripple because it is backed by banks, and that’s where the money is.” Andrei finished by stating that he does not have all the data to fully confirm his response quite yet.

I enjoyed Andrei’s blunt remarks and answers. He was a funny guy and I find IoT, especially the sustainability initiatives behind it, very interesting. I am excited about our connection and hope to learn more about IoT from Andrei down the road!

Andrei did not want his picture taken after our interview, so he sent me this instead:

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