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Employee Profile: Bao

Employee Profile: Bao

Bao Phan is one of the longest-standing developers here at Gossamer Threads, having lent his Perl experience to large portions of our software suite, as well as countless development projects over the years. Although Bao’s been part of the Gossamer family for over a decade, his story’s about more than Perl development or his contributions to this company…

Bao At Work

Gossamer Threads was undergoing some serious expansion in the early ’00s. There was a large market for the Perl scripts we were developing, and we had plenty of ideas for new programs, but not enough qualified Perl developers to meet that need. The niche nature of Perl development made it difficult to find the right developers within Canada, so we began to look further afield.

Bao was working for a Vietnamese tech company we’d worked with in the past. He was looking for a change of scenery and his skills seemed like a great fit for GT, and so in 2001 he made the trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Vancouver.

As one of our core Perl developers, Bao started work on two key programs in the software suite we were developing at the time: DBMan SQL and FileMan. More recently, he’s been a key part in Gossamer projects for clients like CNN Radio, Summerwood, and StartLocal.

Bao At Work
Bao at work. Note the maple leaf sweater & flag signed by co-workers.

Finding A New Home

Bao wasn’t just settling into a new job at Gossamer, he was also settling into a new life in Canada. Bao began taking English language classes after work, initially to help with communication at the office, but later to help connect with the new friends he was making here in Vancouver. For Bao, life in Canada was coming to be about much more than where he worked, and in 2005 he began the process of becoming a Canadian citizen, and in 2007 took the Oath of Citizenship.

On His Own Time

You can’t keep a developer away from the computer even when they’re not in the office, and Bao’s no exception. He’s been developing some mobile apps in his spare time lately, but he’s also been putting time aside for some cooking classes. He’s done Asian fusion and French classes in the past, and most recently tried his hand at Thai cooking with some classes at Dirty Apron (and has been pretty happy with the chicken curry he’s been whipping up ever since).

Coachella
A morass of humanity at Coachella. Bao’s in there somewhere…we think.

Bao’s also a pretty rabid music fan, having made the trek to sunny Indio, California for Coachella for the past two years. Other shows he’s caught and dug lately include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, James Blake, The National, and Cat Power (he also has Neil Young tickets).

Working At GT

We’re always looking for passionate, motivated folk to join Bao and the rest of us here at Gossamer Threads. Interested in working for a forward-thinking IT company in the heart of Vancouver? Check out our careers page!