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What This Colombia-Based Engineer Loves About Remote Work at Sonatype

By | The Muse Editors |

Miguel Ángel Garzón discovered his talent for computers during childhood. “I was the kind of kid who learned to type DOS commands before getting decent at handwriting,” he recalls.

He also realized at a young age that technology could make people’s lives easier. For example, he saw firsthand how using tech tools made his dad’s workload as a teacher more manageable.

“That was a big part of what inspired me to make a career of working to advance technology,” he says. “I love solving problems and helping people improve their productivity and quality of life through technology, which pointed me to the fields of engineering and computing.”

Today, as a senior engineering manager at the software supply chain management company Sonatype, Garzón oversees teams that create products developers use to build software. He’s based in Colombia, where Sonatype is currently working to build and expand its teams.

Here, Garzón talks about why working at Sonatype is a dream come true, how the company has made him a better leader, and what makes the company’s approach to new hire onboarding so effective.

What initially led you to Sonatype, and how did you know the company would be a good fit?

Before I joined Sonatype, I worked for edtech and financial companies that relied heavily on Java-based technologies. Because of that, I already knew about Sonatype as the creator of the Nexus Repository Manager and the steward of Maven Central, the world’s largest repository of Java open-source components. I was very motivated to be part of an organization that cares about the developer community, creates technology to improve software development security, and helps users to innovate faster. It sounded like a dream come true to work at the company.

I knew the company would be a good fit after talking to different Sonatypers during the interview process and seeing how they truly had a sense of purpose and autonomy. It was also nice to find out that most of the leadership came from a technical background and had a good understanding of the peculiarity and complexity of software development.

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