In each Airtable Employee Spotlight, we interview a member of our team. Today, we interview Jose Martin de Vidales Biurrun, our Senior IT Systems Engineer.
This Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month at Airtable, we are very excited to share a bit about another one of our Latinx & Hispanic coworkers. Without further ado, here is an interview with Jose Martin de Vidales Biurren, our Senior IT Systems Engineer.
What is your name, role, and pronouns, and how long have you been at Airtable?
So, my name is Jose. My pronouns are he/him. My role at Airtable is Senior IT Systems Engineer and I’ve been at Airtable for six months now.
What is your favorite thing about working at Airtable?
That’s a great question. I love working at Airtable because everyone is compassionate with others and super supportive. That’s something that I love and I haven’t seen at other companies. Everybody’s there to help you, even if you make a mistake. People are supportive and try to get the best out of you—it is amazing.
I don’t see the people I work with as coworkers, but as friends. I wake up every morning excited about talking with everybody on the team and working on a product that I really love and I use every day. Even when I’m not working, I use Airtable for tracking my personal projects.
I also love working at Airtable because our product is doing a lot of good things for others. Seeing that organizations are using Airtable to plan support for the Napa fires, for example, is extremely rewarding.
What’s an interesting fact about you?
I speak a language from the Basque region in Spain that is not known by many people—Basque. It’s only spoken in certain regions of the north of Spain and the South of France.
I was born and raised in Pamplona, a small town in the north of Spain. My dad’s family roots are Castilian and my mom’s, Basque. I feel honored to have a mix of different roots within Spain.
Do you identify as Latinx or Hispanic or both? And why?
I identify myself as Hispanic and Latinx. Some people refer as Hispanic to people of Spanish-speaking descent while Latinx is a person “of Latin American origin or descent.”
For me, it is more about letting people know that I’m proud of my roots no matter what word I use.
What is it like being a Latinx/Hispanic person in tech?
I think it is challenging. Some companies that don’t have a strong background with a diverse workforce are more inclined to being biased in favor of non-Latinx/Hispanic employees.
I have seen it in my community, where we have to work harder to gain people’s respect. I think there is this invisible barrier where if you aren’t part of a group that is already established, you need to prove yourself before you can get included because of some prejudices. That’s totally unfair. Being Latinx/Hispanic provides so much value to any team. Most of us have struggled through learning a different culture, moving to a different country, and being separated from our families. Being rejected or discriminated against makes us stronger, more passionate, and more open-minded.
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