We stand with the people of Ukraine — Wooden Camera

Hi, it’s Alex.

I was the first person to start working on Teradek Core in 2013 at the Teradek HQ in Irvine, California. A few months later I came to Ukraine, the county where I was born, to open a cloud engineering facility in the beautiful city of Odessa, located on the Black Sea.

Back in 2013 no one could have told that only less than a year later Russia would invade and annex peninsula of Crimea, my favorite Summer destination from my childhood, and in the following weeks, Moscow-backed separatists would take over two Eastern regions of Ukraine, one of which, Luhansk, being my birth place, and the other, Donetsk, being the place where the rest of my family still lives.

I must admit, ‘peaceful’ was just an illusion. It was still a war within the borders of my country.

But we were in Odessa, pretty far from the line of demarcation with rebel-held regions, and for 8 years we were able to peacefully work together on building our cloud platforms that you currently know as Core and Sharelink. I must admit, “peaceful” was just an illusion. It was still a war within the borders of my country. It just didn’t affect our everyday lives as much as bugs on production.

All of the above was said to establish that I’m an engineer, not a soldier. And just a little over a year ago I identified myself with something brand new. I became a dad for the first time in my life, at the age of 43. And on February 18, 2022, we celebrated the 1st birthday of my beloved baby daughter Nicole. Having a beautiful family and a job that I love sounds fulfilling. And it absolutely was. Until 5 days ago Russia invaded my country again. And not just one or two regions, but almost the entire county, surrounding it in the North, East and South.

I learned about it from my wife who woke me up at 5 in the morning, being absolutely shocked and horrified by the news. I opened our work chat and found that our team is already talking about it. I was startled. Up until that morning, everyone was holding on to the hope that diplomacy and humaneness still had a chance. Yes there were the scary cold facts from the intelligence services that spoke to our reasoning, but emotions said this is not possible, we don’t live in the dark ages, humanity is learning from its mistakes and we can do better than start wars.

How naive I was.

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