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Meet Updater: Hesham El-Nahhas, Senior Backend Engineer

Meet Senior Backend Engineer, Hesham. After being born in Canada, growing up in Egypt, making his way back to Canada, and then to NYC, you could say he’s definitely an experienced mover. Hesham is incredibly talented and we’re lucky to have him on the Updater team — working hard to provide seamless moving experiences for all. 

Where did you grow up?

Giza, Egypt.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A commercial jet pilot.

What are two personal tidbits about you?

  1. I wrote my first computer program in 1987 and saved it on a cassette tape.

  2. I adopted a very sick kitten that ended up living for 14 years.

Do you have a moving horror story?

Yes, unfortunately during one of my moves my couch got stuck in the door frame. We had to hire somebody to tear it down. Goodbye, couch!

hesham at coffeeshop - meet updater hesham

What's your best piece of moving advice?

Learn from my mistakes and measure door frames, hallways, and stairwells versus the furniture you’re moving in or out.

How many times have you moved?

Eight times.

You're about to move. What would you make sure to never do again?

To not ask for help. Having/hiring help on moving day makes everything 10x easier.

What's your favorite thing about working at Updater?

The people!

What's your favorite Updater feature? Why?

I like that there is one central dashboard for all moving-related activities.

What's the best part about working on a small team?

The best part about working on a small team is agility and getting to know everyone.

Whom do you admire most as a business leader?

Elon Musk.

hesham near pyramids - meet updater hesham

What's your favorite quote?

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."

- Steve Jobs

It's the zombie apocalypse. Where do you hide? 

Hide? I don't think so. I'd cover myself with parts/blood from a dead zombie and walk among them. Never tried it, but it always works according to The Walking Dead, so it must be true.

What's the largest item you've ever had to carry on the subway?

A massive TV stand.

What's the first app you check in the morning?

OneFootball for soccer updates.

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

A prickly pear.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What is it?


hesham wedding - meet updater hesham

What do you do to unwind?

Watch TV and play tennis.

If you could travel to work every day on a vehicle without wheels (think: hovercraft, broom), what would you choose?


What's your favorite fast food restaurant?