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Sr. Developer

Daniele Grillenzoni

Tell me and I for­get, teach me and I may remem­ber, involve me and I learn.

Ben Franklin

Wind-up question-asking automaton

Daniele was born and raised in Carpi (Modena), in Northern Italy. As a child, he was the scourge of calculators and the slayer of electronic devices, as nothing could escape his curious mind. He would break everything open with an ambition to understand how things functioned beneath their plastic covers. At the age of 4, he was taught to read after the family ran out of functioning TV remotes, and entered into school earlier than his peers. At the age of 8, he was gifted an old 8086 computer and began learning the fundamentals of coding and found joy in its creation, which still hasn't worn off.

After 13 years of independent contracting in Italy, Daniele moved to the US in 2015 and found fertile ground for his skillset in Portland. He has found some momentum, now that he has worked for a few local companies as well as an independent contractor, and has settled into his role as a Senior PHP Developer at GRAYBOX.

The challenge of the assignments as well as the opportunity to work with such a dynamic set of co-workers have kept Daniele busy (and entertained) on the GRAYBOX Apps Team. His professional aspirations make him suited to work on assignments that allow the company to maintain its relevance, always pushing forward to use newer, more efficient tools, and approaches to each project. His passion for producing high quality work is only matched by his love for atrocious puns, and his disdain for haircuts.

Outside of the office he's usually busy cultivating one of his way-too-many passions, be it promoting education to young ones, flirting with game design, further expanding an already eclectic musical culture, entertain his passion for comedy, or whatever was added last week, frankly, we can't keep up.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from? Why was it the best?

The only people who never commit mistakes, are the ones that never try. It gave me permission to fail, and to incorporate it as a part of the process. It took me a long time to fully accept it, and if I can be entirely honest, I'm still not as forgiving with myself as I should be.