Why I was a musician and became an engineer at Cocone: Development VPoE
※This article is machine translated.
Hello everyone, I’m Haru, a recruitment promotion intern!
It’s about time for the aftermath of the sweet treats we had on that event four days ago.
I have been too afraid to step on the scale, feeling that all those delicious sweets have become food for my body.
…… and well, I can’t help but regret what has passed. It was delicious, so all OK!
Let’s have another positive and energetic interview with a Cocone employee!
In this 7th installment, we will talk to Mr. Takayama, an engineer and VPoE (Vice President of Engineering ) -!
What kind of work do you do?
I work with two positions: head of the Web Development Office and VPoE.
Of these, VPoE has set a goal to increase the number of engineers from the current 80 or so to 140-150, and is working on branding Cocone’s approach to engineering in order to improve recognition and increase the number of applications. Another important job is to create a comfortable working environment for the engineers who join the company.
The Web Development Office is basically a department of front-end engineers, and as the head of the office, I direct how the work is conducted and determine the framework for development.
Why did you join Cocone?
From the very first production company I joined, I worked at NHNST Japan (now cocone fukuoka), then moved to GREE Corporation and ……. I was basically working at an entertainment/game production company when I entered the workforce, but along the way I felt that my skills were too narrow and that I was not growing enough, so I entered the fintech industry.
However, I gradually began to think that I could not fully utilize my skills to provide entertainment, and eventually I decided to consider a career change.
At that time, I was approached by an engineer from NHN who was at Cocone because he had worked at NHN, and I immediately decided to join the company because I felt it was an environment where I could make the most of my abilities.
You experienced various companies before joining Cocone!
By the way, I heard that Mr. Takayama had a very interesting career before he became a working adult. ……!
Shall we go touch on that? (Laughs)
Yes, actually, I didn’t start out as an engineer, but in my twenties I played guitar in one of the bands.
I was one step away from making my major label debut, but for various reasons, I was not able to become a professional. …… I thought it would be difficult to make a living from music, so I entered a technical college for IT, and here I am today.
It is interesting that not only me, but many people at Cocone seem to have been deeply involved in expressive activities such as music and painting. I wonder if this is due in no small part to the fact that we value “sensitivity.
A photo of Mr. Takayama when he was a guitarist. Very cool!
I love music too, so if we had met 20 years earlier, I would have loved to have asked you to do a session. …… (LOL)
Now, please tell us about each of the most challenging and difficult aspects of your current job!
The most rewarding thing for us as VPoE is when we realize that the branding we have done has increased recruitment. For example, when someone says during an interview, “I saw your TECH BLOG and was interested in you,” or “I saw your TECH TALK and thought you looked nice, so I went to …….” I think that’s when I feel the most rewarding part of my job as VPoE is when I realize that our branding has increased recruitment. I am also very happy when I see or hear that the person I hired is immediately active at Cocone.
The hardest part, after all, is that it is very difficult to make progress in recruitment! I always feel that we need to think of ways to attract more people to our company.
Another difficult thing for me, as the head of the Web Development Office, is that I have to speedily and accurately catch up with and operate new technologies so that we can keep up with the fast flow of the IT industry in general and the front end in particular.
This is a really difficult thing to do, so it is a joy when it works.
What points do you emphasize when hiring engineers?
At Cocone, there is no such thing as an engineer working alone.
Therefore, while pure development skills are of course important, communication skills and cooperativeness are also very important. Therefore, we give priority to those who have such skills.
As you mentioned earlier, Cocone places great importance on “sensitivity.
Sensitivity” belongs to what we call “” in that it eliminates assumptions and allows us to freely expand our thinking to create something new and original.
On the other hand, we engineers are used to verifying facts and using fixed formulas, and “” which is based on assumptions, is important, so our work seems to contradict the ” “valuing sensitivity.
However, I don’t think that just because you are an engineer, you should stick to logic alone. I think it is ideal to switch between logical thinking and lateral thinking, “logic” and “sensibility,” depending on various situations, such as at work, in daily life, and when interacting with people (see ……). Ideally, we should not be too much biased toward either “logical thinking” or “lateral thinking,” or toward “logic” and “sensitivity,” but we should value them equally.
Do you have any advice or message for those who are currently considering joining the company?
We believe that Cocone is a company that accepts the freedom of each and every employee, so it would be wonderful to work with people who have an idea they want to realize based on their own “sensibility” or who have a new form of service they want to create. I think it would be wonderful if I could work with people who have ideas they want to realize based on their own “sensibility” or who have a new form of service they want to create.
We are looking forward to engineers with a core of heart, who combine the power of lateral thinking and logical thinking!
I felt that his view that “engineering is a job that requires logical thinking, but it should not become just that ” is similar to what Mr. Wakamiya, a server engineer whom I interviewed in the fourth interview, said.
This may not be the case if you are only dealing with data or machines, but if you are providing a service, in other words, assuming that there are “” beyond that point, I think that “logic” and “sensitivity” may not be enough. However, when it comes to providing a service, in other words, when there is a “person” beyond that, I believe that only one of “logic” or “sensibility” may be sufficient or insufficient in some way.
I would like to cultivate an eye that is capable of clearly discerning black and white, while at the same time respecting the gray areas in between.
The ” BLOG ” mentioned in the article can be found here!→https://engineering.cocone.io/