Inside Ople – Petr Tsatsin

Petr and his wife

As a software company, we need a strong engineering team and a leader to guide the team to build a great product. At Ople, we have Petr.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I studied Applied Math and Physics and received my Ph.D. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University. After my doctoral degree, I started my career as a mathematical programmer and found myself as a software engineer after a couple of years. Before Ople, I was a Senior Software Engineer, working on a machine learning related products.

So you were familiar with machine learning and data science before Ople.

Yes, I had experience in Computational simulations in Physics which is not that different from machine learning. But I started to venture into the field when I started to learn more about deep learning methods.

What led you to Ople, your passion for machine learning?

I would say both my passion and Pedro led me to Ople. At a previous company, I had a chance to work with Pedro on different projects, and I liked how he is trying to push the product to the next level. I was actively seeking a new job when Pedro reached out to me to ask me to join Ople. At the time, I had a few job offers but decided to test my faith with him, and I think I have made the right choice.

That’s good to hear. How do you like your job at Ople?

Fun but challenging. Currently, I am building a platform that will revolutionize the field of data science. It requires me to understand the fundamental logic behind different algorithms and build a system that can scale. It’s a fascinating experience, but I just don’t have enough time to organize the engineering team to work more efficiently. I am getting better at it, but I still need to improve.

What do you do when you are not wearing the Ople hat?

I spend time with my family. We go to the Golden Gate Park often to take a walk, and once my daughter is bigger, we will start hiking. I also like to exercise, and my latest go-to-exercise is tennis. I like tennis because it helps me to stimulate hand-eye coordination and to focus.

Petr and his daughter

Do you have a favorite quote?

It’s not a quote, but when the Physicist Richard Feynman got in a taxi after winning Nobel prize, the driver asked Feynman to explain what got him the prize. Feynman replied,

Hell, if I could explain it to the average person, it wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel prize.

I like this episode because it fits well with what we are doing here. We are building something new that cannot be very easily explained, but that certainly is prize-worthy.