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Meet Andrei Taranchenko, Senior Software Engineer

Meet Senior Software Engineer and porcupine photographer, Andrei Taranchenko. He’s a firm believer that the word “cactuses” can be used in place of “cacti” and he loves working at Updater! Keep reading to learn more about Andrei, and to see his famous porcupine photo!

Where did you grow up?

Ukraine and New York City.

How many times have you moved?



Do you have a moving horror story?

The cable company messed up the internet service transfer, canceling the service at the old apartment and not opening a new order. So I was without Google for a week.

What are two personal tidbits about you?

I have an IMDB profile and I am a published porcupine photographer.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Updater?

Everyone, I repeat everyone, is competent and driven, which I have never seen at a company.

What’s the best advice you've ever received?  

A consultant once shared with me that he gets in the zone (especially when working from home) by starting work first thing, without wasting time on Instagram and Twitter in the morning.

In your opinion, what NYC borough is the best borough? Why?

I am pretty sure it's the one that lets you walk to work.

What’s your favorite place you‘ve traveled?

The Sonoran Desert. I love saguaro cactuses, and yes, you can say "cactuses.”


If you were a food, what food would you be? Why?

A potato, because I am potato-shaped. By the way, did you know that potatoes have almost all the essential nutrients that humans need to survive? Unfortunately, I don't have those, as I am mostly made of water. Science.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?

A car designer, but I don't know why. I don't drive and I don't care for cars at all.


Have you ever gotten really lost? What happened?

In the pre-smartphone era, I was in D.C. and I wanted to get the Capitol. After studying the maps posted publicly for tourists, I would try to get to the building. However, I always ended up getting caught in the circular road around the Capitol, as I had no context of where I was. After walking and walking for miles (and shedding a bit of weight), I gave up.

You have a million dollars and 24 hours to spend it. What do you buy?

I would book a bunch of flights and hotels around the world and then spend the rest of the year or so traveling. That’s probably cheating.  

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