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Nudge Employee Spotlight: Alexandre Gravelle, iOS Developer

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Alexandre Gravelle, iOS Developer

It’s time for another Employee Spotlight! Today we’re learning a bit more about iOS Developer Alexandre Gravelle! 👋


 

Name: 

Alexandre Gravelle

Nickname: 

Alex

Job title:

iOS Developer

Favorite apple 🍎:

MacIntosh

#1 Nudge pup 🐶:

Pico

Go-to work snack:

Bread 🍞

What do you do at Nudge?

I build virtual worlds

What did you do before Nudge?

I have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and before 2016 I was working in the Aerospace Industry as a Controls Engineer. I decided to make the move to programming during the fall of 2016. And since then and up to Nudge, I’ve been building my skills as a freelancer and working for a startup in Sherbrooke. 

What would your career be in another life? 

A geneticist with a degree in biochemistry. At one point growing up, I wanted to become a neurosurgeon.

What’s your favorite thing about Nudge?

We have amazing people working here!

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Breathwork, meditation, learning Spanish, training and watching Netflix. 

How do you prioritize wellness and self care? 

I think it’s the most important thing. I spent my Nudge annual wellness allowance on a nice, ergonomic desk chair.

What’s something you’re challenging yourself with right now? 

Last year was my very first triathlon sprint (750m swim, 10km bike, 5km run). It took almost 2 years to train and get all the equipment.

What’s your favorite Nudge memory? 

Walking in the office for the first time and seeing people in person.

What unique perspective are you bringing to Nudge?

I like discovering new things, learning about multiple different subjects, and then seeing the bigger picture in their interconnectedness.

What makes Nudge unique?

It connects people and lets them know important information in real time.

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Gurpreet Kamboj, Product Manager

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Gurpreet Kamboj, Product Manager

It’s time for another Employee Spotlight! Today we’re learning a bit more about Product Manager Gurpreet Kamboj! 👋


 

Name: 

Gurpreet Kamboj

Job title:

Product Manager

Favorite apple 🍎:

Honeycrisp

#1 Nudge pup 🐶:

All of them!

What do you do at Nudge?

Product Management is like lego – you use different pieces to build something that you and your friends can play with.

What did you do before Nudge?

Most noteworthy job I had was that I worked as a scrum master at a tech company. It really helped me understand how the engineering team works, the questions they ask and how they make decisions. Then, I accidentally became a Product Manager. I started doing a lot of the product management job responsibilities and was promoted by my boss at the time.

What would your career be in another life? 

I think I could be a great event coordinator. That job requires a lot of organization skills and executing on multiple things to make a vision come true. In some ways, it can be similar to product management – taking ambiguous things and turning them into actual products that can be used.

What’s your favorite thing about Nudge?

The people. It is probably not the most unique answer but every person in this company is just amazing and everyone knows their craft very well! I can totally attest to how amazing each person is because I had a coffee chat with almost everyone on the team. 

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I love spending a lot of time with my partner, family and friends. I am also a huge fan of coffee and love reading books. 

How do you prioritize wellness and self care? 

Honestly, I haven’t been prioritizing my wellness and self care so far. It has been a really crazy year with a lot happening in my personal life that I haven’t found time to think and pause. I did start writing a grateful journal every morning with five unique things that I am grateful for each day.

What’s something you’re challenging yourself with right now? 

I can’t say too much right now, but I’ve been working on a collaborative project between data and product and it has immense potential. The project requires understanding a lot of technology capabilities and how to mold that to help our users achieve their business outcomes.

What’s your favorite Nudge memory? 

The Nudge team did a virtual cooking class this fall where we made Fall Harvest Bowls using ingredients that hold special significance to the Ojibway Nation and other Indigenous communities. The cooking class was wonderful. I really truly enjoyed the wild rice!

What unique perspective are you bringing to Nudge?

I have a background in psychology and I think my experience in behavioral psychology provides me with a unique perspective that helps me better understand our customers, their pain points, and how they use the app. 

What makes Nudge unique?

Each person is different yet similar – everyone shares the same core values and beliefs about doing the best job that they can do while uplifting everyone around them. Each person truly embodies the core values of Nudge!

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Andreas Mikkelsen, Customer Success Manager

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Andreas Mikkelsen, Customer Success Manager

We’ve got another Employee Spotlight! This time we’re learning a bit more about Customer Success Manager Andreas Mikkelsen 👋


 

Name: 

Andreas Mikkelsen

Nickname: 

Dre

Job title:

Customer Success Manager 

Favorite apple 🍎:

Granny Smith

#1 Nudge pup 🐶:

Billy

Go-to work snack:

Bubly

What do you do at Nudge?

Think about when you buy a toy, it typically comes with instructions. In the technology world, sometimes those instructions are not fully clear. My job is to help companies read and interpret the instructions, so they get the most use out of their new toy.

What would your career be in another life? 

In a different world and career, I would have loved to teach. I get so much satisfaction watching people grow, and seeing the impact you can make in those early years would be quite motivating. 

What’s your favorite thing about Nudge?

if you press /hammertime on the CMS, it plays hammer time.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I love to spend time outdoors, especially at the cottage. 

How do you prioritize wellness and self care? 

It’s been great using Nudge’s Work From Anywhere program to work from various different places, as you can really balance work and wellness and self care. Also, my friends and I love to play hockey, so I was able to use my Nudge annual wellness allowance to purchase some new equipment to continue to do what I love! 

What’s something you’re challenging yourself with right now? 

Working with clients in Australia has been really cool, as you always have to be a day ahead in terms of planning and preparedness. It also changed my working style, forcing myself to time-block and delegate, as there is only so much time in one day  

What’s your favorite Nudge memory? 

Our COO Jordan Ekers wearing pyjamas to a formal Christmas party and feeling embarrassed about it.

What unique perspective are you bringing to Nudge?

My upbringing always taught me to never judge a book by its cover. This has really helped me at Nudge, to be more empathic about our users. Empowering someone through Nudge today could help them reach the next level soon, either internally or externally of their current employer. This is really motivating as you can then see how Nudge can truly make an impact.

What makes Nudge unique?

The tool reaches the deskless workforce and puts the needs of the deskless worker first. This means that every decision at Nudge is made with the end user in mind. This is a very humbling but strategic approach that sets us apart from our competitors. 

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Mike Tran, Account Executive

Nudge Employee Spotlight: Mike Tran, Account Executive

Today we’re launching a new series on the Nudge blog: Employee Spotlights! Nudgers are some of the best people in the whole world – and we’re so excited to introduce you to a few of them. First up: Account Executive Mike Tran! 👏



Name: 

Mike Tran

Job title:

Account Executive

Favorite apple 🍎:

Ambrosia 

#1 Nudge pup 🐶:

Pico!

Go-to work snack:

Coffee

What do you do at Nudge?

I help people learn about Nudge and (hopefully!) buy it. 

What would your career be in another life? 

I’ve always loved making things with my hands and most recently became a home baker. In another life, I’d own my own bakery and spend my days making desserts for others to enjoy. 

What’s your favorite thing about Nudge?

Everyone is genuinely kind and actually listens to what others have to say. This includes all levels of employees and doesn’t just happen on a peer-to-peer level. This makes Nudge the most welcoming culture that I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. 

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Usually, I’m spending a lot of time with my partner and we’ll cook, watch things together (we’ve been binging Ted Lasso!), and spend time with friends. 

How do you prioritize wellness and self care?

If I’m not resting well, then nothing else is going to go well for me. I prioritize getting good sleep and used my Nudge annual wellness allowance on a Fitbit for me to track my sleep and better understand what I could be doing to improve it. To take care of my mental well-being. I also got Headspace to aid in a beginners meditation practice. For me, meditation helps me to recognize thoughts as they are (like when I’m distracted), become aware of what’s happening, and re-shift my focus to whatever it is I’m doing in the present.

What’s something you’re challenging yourself with right now? 

Nudge is currently piloting Masterclass as a potential offering for employees and as one of the fortunate members that get to try it out, I’ve taken some classes on persuasion, negotiation, communication, cooking and planting. 

What’s your favorite Nudge memory? 

At a recent virtual team-building event, we broke into groups and had to collectively draw (and then explain!) a Nudge flag. Pure comedy. 

What unique perspective are you bringing to Nudge?

I worked for a number of years on the frontline, and so I have first-hand experience in what it was like to be a retail and foodservice worker that didn’t get any technological support other than how to clock into a shift.

I’ve also studied Organizational Behavioural Theory, with regards to how organizations can achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness through their people. This helps me to understand how Nudge can be used across different facets, such as driving employee motivation and satisfaction, and the impacts that can bring to an organization. 

What makes Nudge unique?

It delivers business value without controlling the frontline employees who use it. Other solutions either take a training- or task-oriented approach, which relies on the software to govern employee actions. Nudge allows users to make their own choices and trusts that they’ll do the right thing, so long as the information communicated with them is easy to understand and use.