Let’s go #behindVivaldibrowser, with Geir Gunnarsson

In the latest of our behind-the-scenes series, we meet Geir Gunnarsson, Software Engineer extraordinaire … and intrepid snowboarder.

Curious to get to know another Vivaldi team member? Today, we introduce you to Geir Gunnarsson. As a Software Engineer, he has been working for Vivaldi since day one. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland, he is a true outdoor enthusiast. But there is much more to learn about him.

🚀 What do you love about working at Vivaldi?

I love the people – the Vivaldi team, users and volunteers. Our internal team consists of pure geniuses from different parts of the world, bringing in different perspectives and experiences. Then, we have all the people out there using Vivaldi and giving us feedback – a group of avid users who report bugs and give feedback day and night. We also have a great volunteer community that helps us to translate our browser into all possible languages across this lovely planet of ours. I also love the freedom to pick what I think is most pressing to implement at each time.

💪 What are your favorite productivity features in the browser?

The Notes panel is my most used feature. It helps me a lot to be more productive in my daily work. I jot down memos, create lists of things to remember and have it open in the side Panel during meetings.

I also use the Tab Tiling feature a lot. Especially for online shopping. It’s just so useful to be able to compare products from different vendors side by side.

And then there is the built-in Vivaldi Mail client that I use as my main mail client for various mail accounts, whether that is my personal Gmail account or my professional Vivaldi account.

💡 What is the biggest thing you’ve learned so far?

Your choice of browser actually matters. Before I joined Vivaldi, I was using Chrome and had no idea that the browser itself might affect the privacy and security of my browsing activities. Also, I have learned that I can improve my productivity with features that I never imagined being part of my browser.

🤩 What else should we know about you?

I love programming and building a product that users care about. But even more I love being out and about on my mountain bike or on my snowboard. I have done back-country snowboarding all over Iceland, as well as in remote areas of Greenland. This winter, I am planning to go to the Caucasus mountains of Georgia. Oh and another very important part of my life recently: I am now a grandfather. That is great fun. I recommend it.

I’d like to second Geir’s praise of our volunteer translators. Your contributions are vital to make Vivaldi more accessible to more people around the world. Tusen takk! 

What language do you use on Vivaldi? What languages would you like to see us add? Let us know in the comments. Or share your favorite place to explore and experience the great outdoors. It’s your call! 👇

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