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As part of our series on new hires, today we introduce Mickaël, our new developer and hobby hacker. He made a grand entrance on day one by bringing enough pastries to feed our team for a week!

Fast Facts

  • Name: Mickaël van der Beek
  • Age: 22
  • Position @WooRank: Web developer Languages you speak: French, Dutch, German, Luxembourgish, English
  • Brief bio: I was born in France, grew up in Luxembourg and moved to Belgium three and a half years ago. I studied computer science at ULB for six months before quitting my studies and joining a startup company. During the last three years I’ve learned a lot about web development and entrepreneurship. In my free time I like to find security vulnerabilities in web applications, and contribute to open-source projects. Beside web development and security, my interests also include data-science and machine learning.

The Important Questions

  • What’s something you’re surprisingly good at? Counter Strike 1.6 and Starcraft II.
  • What’s your favorite online time waster? Spending far too much time on Reddit.
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring with you? A solar panel that powers a water desalination machine, and a radio receiver/transmitter because I like cheating.
  • Do you have any hobbies? Finding security vulnerabilities in web apps. Badminton if I have time (read motivation).
  • What celebrity would you most enjoy meeting in real life? If I had a time machine, Richard Feynman.
  • What excites you most about becoming a WooRanker? The refreshing company culture and working with cutting-edge technology.
  • Do you pronounce .gif with a hard g or a soft g? Hard g. It’s not debatable.