He's never seen Star Wars or Star Trek...and we still hired him.

Tara Calihman - August 11, 2014

[This is a guest post by the newest addition to our Ops team and perhaps the most patriotic person who works at VictorOps.]

Hi, my name is Erik Thyberg and I am one of the newest employees at VictorOps here in Boulder, Colorado. This is my second stint here in Boulder after spending two years in South Carolina and my wife and I (and our 3 month old Alaskan Malamute Puppy) could not be happier to be back in colorful Colorado.


Much of my time outside work is centered around 3 F’s (Futball, Football, and Flying). I am a huge fan of the beautiful game and a die hard supporter of Manchester United and the US Men’s National Team. I also enjoy watching American Football, I am a big fan of the Denver Broncos, and an even bigger fan of my alma mater, the University of Colorado Golden Buffaloes.

With the little amount of time I have left after watching sports, I build and fly remote control airplanes. This hobby take a lot of time and patience, but is super rewarding and tons of fun. I find that many of life’s most challenging hobbies and jobs are ultimately very rewarding if you are willing to put in the work - VictorOps has proved to be no exception to that rule.

Coming into VictorOps, I knew nothing about traditional IT work or software development. Six weeks in, I still don’t know nearly as much as my counterparts do, but that will come with time and hard work. But I think that’s the point.

VictorOps hired me for who I am and my ability to interact with others. They were well aware of the fact that I didn’t “know it all” when they hired me. They also know that I will pick up the knowledge I need in time because you can teach people how IT works, but you can’t teach people how to interact with others. It’s empowering to know that I work for a  company that values me for who I am and not what I know (or don’t know).

Adapting to this new space, especially in the tech industry, has been very challenging. With each demo I watch and each meeting I sit in on, my technical acumen improves as does my confidence to go out and make sure people are enjoying working with the VictorOps team and finding value in our product. That’s all I can hope for at the moment.

Be Victorious and Go Buffs!

[Ed: this pic of Erik’s old driver license is too good not to share. Enjoy!]