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Back of House with Zizhong Zhang

Back of House with Zizhong Zhang

Get acquainted with the human-side of FoodStorm as we sit down for monthly interviews with the people who power our business.

Zizhong, known as Z, Senior Software Engineer, spends his days helping build the foundation of the FoodStorm software. From leading the team on new functionality projects, to testing new features and code before releasing it to our customers, to helping build the systems of how our software can scale, Z impacts our team and end product immensely.

1) What do you enjoy most about working at FoodStorm?

Everyone is so vital to our business's continuous success and is making a real difference here. We never run out of challenging work. The fact is we always have too much great stuff to work on as a team of a compact size. At FoodStorm, there are opportunities everywhere to continuously innovate our product, improve our user experience and evolve our software-as-a-service. This is a place where I can bring my whole motivation, dedication, inspiration and see the impact because of those efforts.

2) Where do you see the catering industry & catering technology going in the future?

Continual investment into digitalization and blending the experience between offline and online are going to be the key themes. Being able to offer customers a great selection and intuitive ordering experience right from navigating menus all the way to home delivery or in-store pick up is becoming more important than ever.

3) Tell us about your background that led to you joining the FoodStorm team:

With a decade of software development experience, I’ve seen how systems work in different contexts. I was also tasked to focus on different areas of software, such as code quality, devops, solution design, operational excellence. After many years working at large-scale SaaS companies, the opportunity to join FoodStorm was presented to me and I suddenly realized FoodStorm was my opportunity to put all this experience into practice at once and to make an impact bigger than ever.

4) What are the values that drive you?

Determination, Integrity, Authenticity

At work, I believe the most effective way to collaborate is by demonstrating the above qualities. Work through challenging situations; do what I say and say what I do; finally win trust and respect by being open and genuine.

5) How would you describe FoodStorm in 1 word?


6) The best piece of advice I’ve been given was... 

“The only thing that does not change is change”.
Having a solid plan is half of the success while being able to adapt and adjust is just as important.

7) If you could invent a holiday, what would it definitely involve?

A no-screen day. Screens, no matter monitors or smart phones, become an indispensable part of our daily lives. For a day, not looking at a screen but looking around what nature has to offer, brings our connection back to Earth, which recalls that inner peace hidden deep inside.

8) If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

To cure every disease on the planet so everyone could live a better life with less pain and sorrow.

9) What’s your favorite way to spend time off?

Indulge in video games at quiet midnight. Apparently this is a thing of the past since parenthood. Nowadays, my favourite way to spend time off is to have some solid uninterrupted sleep!

10) What are you currently playing, reading, watching or listening to? (i.e. videogame, book, tv series, podcast)

Watching a TV series based on The Three-Body Problem (novel). A science fiction series about alien invasion which won Hugo Award for best novels.

11) What’s next on your bucket list?

Financial freedom!

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