The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.
Ramon Elzinga - VP of Sales - Adelaide, Australia
Ramon has always been fascinated with numbers and also what makes a business work. He started life looking at financial numbers working within banking and professional services and now he looks at the metrics behind people.
Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Ramon Elzinga: Work remotely and still succeed :)
CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work (here or anywhere else)
RE: I've had many. Our first capital raise at Culture Amp was a nice validation of an idea and some commitment.
CA: What do you geek out about outside from work?
RE: Knives. I own more knives than an amateur cook should.
CA: What did you want to be when you grew up?
RE: Perhaps I was a slow developer but I was never really set on anything in particular. I have always enjoyed what was in front of me so I spent my youth playing in the backyard without any particular professional yearning.
CA: What is something about you not many people know?
RE: I was on Masterchef Australia (only one round with cameras).
CA: What’s on your playlist this week?
RE: John Mayer, Miles Davis and Emancipator.
CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
RE: Japan. My parents met there, so I figure I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Japan. I also love the Japanese attention to detail and mastery.
CA: What does culture first mean to you?
RE: Choosing culture over other things (like profit, holidays, etc).
CA: Do you have any startup / culture idols?
RE: I work with some of them. I always like reading Seth Godin's marketing advice.
CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
RE: Enjoy the journey, rather than the destination.
CA: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
RE: To be able to chop really fast (ridiculously fast).
CA: You pick a magazine up to read – what is it?
CA: What’s up next in your Netflix queue?
RE: The next installment of Chef's Table. Due to arrive on 26th April. Be there.
CA: If you could be a lead character in a movie, who would it be?
RE: Tony Bourdain in the yet to be written "Tony Bourdain - My life"
CA: What was the first and last concert you attended?
RE: I'm not a live music person. The last concert I attended was my sister-in-law and the DJ (with Bongos) performing at my wedding. Awesome stuff :)
CA: If you won the lottery what would you do first?
RE: I did win 50k on a horse race. I paid off my wedding :) If I won the lottery I'd keep it quiet.
CA: Would you take a one way trip to Mars and why/not?
RE: No. I already complain about winter. Way too cold.