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[Buzzvil People] Phil Lee, Software Engineer

Buzzvil People took the opportunity to introduce each Buzzvillians with a variety of backgrounds, personality, and thoughts. If you are wondering how best colleagues in Buzzvil are gathering to create the best team, if you are curious about each of the colorful Buzzvillians, please pay attention to Buzzvil People.

1. Please give us a quick introduction of yourself.

Hello, my name is Phil. My Korean name is Sung-pil Lee. I started my work as an editor/print designer, but I changed my career into a developer when I started to study web designs and found fun in programming.
I have recently become interested in electronic equipment and enjoy watching YouTube videos of related subjects. I have created my own YouTube channel as well. I also enjoy basketball, and play every Sunday.

2. What brings you to Buzzvil?

When I was about to quit my old job, Fast Campus, a study program in South Korea, gathered SoftBank’ss portfolio companies for a job fair. This is where I met Buzzvil’s employees for the first time. I realized that Buzzvil was the right choice in my search for a place with good development cultures.

The situation then:
I went through the company introduction pages while waiting for my turn. Naturally, I skimmed through the ones that detailed their development culture, and Buzzvil caught my eye. Moreover, the Buzzvil’s booth seemed to be very lively. Zune and Ben were constantly laughing. When I went in for the interview, however, the laughing was very infrequent… The interviewers were considerate towards me so that I would not feel pressured in any questions. So I wanted to join even more.

3. What is your role at Buzzvil?

I am in charge of the front-end development. I sometimes watch over the server business as well. I usually develop the administrator page, and am also developing web-based Buzzvil services.

Duties and related products:
I develop the BuzzAd that is in charge of advertisement, lock screen SDK management for partner companies, and the administrator page for the point system management. I also manage various web page services such as Offerwall, Arcade, and BuzzStore SDK.

4. How does it feel to work at a startup? or advertising industry?

One has to take up a lot of responsibilities as not everything is systematized in a startup company. An individual has quick growth in these situations. Every day is a new day. I personally enjoy these situations more. Where you’re forced to grow.

I was most proud of myself when I made the CS automated page. We needed a function like Excel in the admin section, but I had to create it myself as we needed validation. People suggested me to create it in a simple CSV file upload system, but I wanted to challenge myself and worked weekends to finish it, and finally came up with an optimized version for launching (which was 1 week later than promised…). This allowed much easier access and processing for tasks that normally took a lot of handwork and time, and is currently running now smoothly!

Demo Day, held few weeks ago, was difficult, but in a fun way. My mission team was a bit special, and had to go through a tight schedule. Nobody in the company knew how much workload the Dashboard team was handling then. As Demo day approached, all the teammates wanted to show a fully functional result. We chose the Demo day specs and worked very hard for it. It was like a hackathon. We kept developing right up until the presentation. I can still remember that all the teammates were focused on something with a unified mind. That was a nice experience.

5. Is there something that you can say “this is the best part being Buzzvillians”?

 Buzzvil really supports personal development. There are numerous study groups such as reading, programming, band, machine learning, and English. There are even welfare systems that support these. If you want to study, you can create a group. They also support clubs, in which I am the manager of the League of Legends club. It’s the best when relieving your stress with your colleagues. The best thing about this is that we can experience all this with great colleagues.

6. Do you have a personal goal or dream? If so, how does your experience at Buzzvil help you?

I have so many that I want to do. Fortunately, my experiences from Buzzvil may help a lot. If I start a company, I may apply what I had learned from Buzzvil, such as how to manage and develop an organization. I learn a lot on how to expand and develop a service, and how to create a better product. I also want to write about the various people I have met in Buzzvil into a novel someday. Each person in Buzzvil is very special and inspirational, so I believe they will be much help.

I can’t talk about anyone in particular as there is his or her privacy I should keep. In short, the story of a man who created a business, had his adversities, and sacrificed certain things to obtain the best results was the most meaningful and interesting. While there are such success stories, there are also stories regarding failure and hardships, but these are quite hard to discuss as well. In all, everyone around me is a great influence here and I want to put that into good use in the future.