Ledgy: I’ve known you for one single month, but it seems like I’ve known you for quite a while. Would you consider yourself an extrovert?
First off, thank you Armon for having me today. I’m not entirely sure how to answer this one. How extroverted I am really depends on the environment I’m in. If I’m surrounded by people who express their feelings openly, then I will open up more easily. However, if I see that my surrounding is rather introverted, then it’s also harder for me to express my true self. I usually can’t be 100% myself in a professional environment, since I try to be more formal. Initially, it was only me and the three co-founders, so I was naturally more reserved. Luckily, the team is now growing and diversity has increased, so I can definitely be more myself. The atmosphere at the office is simply great!
Ledgy: You switched from biotechnology to software engineering. How come and any suggestions for others looking to switch careers?
In my case, it’s a rather long story. It started when I was a teenager and I had been playing tennis semi-professionally for quite a while. I had never really thought about what I wanted to do professionally or academically. Both my dad and uncle were marine biologists. Obviously, I was slightly influenced by them, however, Biology in Spain wasn’t that good of a career choice, since job opportunities were scarce.
Nonetheless, I was offered a tennis scholarship to study biotechnology in the US, and since it was a rapidly-growing and promising field, I decided to pursue my degree. I was never really passionate about it, but still enjoyed learning about it. After graduation I moved back to Spain, and what to do with a Biotechnology degree? Stay in academia and pursue a Master’s and a PhD. So, I got my MSc, started my PhD, and almost completed it. I was already 3 years in so, technically, only around one year was left. Nonetheless, I guess my professor wouldn’t have let me go already after 4 years anyway.
Eventually, I got to a point along the way, where I just got terribly fed up with it, was feeling under pressure and the environment was really toxic. At that point I realized I had just been in a field for 10 full years, without even enjoying it to the fullest. That’s also when I realized that I had to change something. Thinking about what I would like most turned out to be rather challenging. I was considering back and forth and made the decision to learn how to code. My closer circle was fully supporting me and so I signed up for a 9-week coding bootcamp. A mere introduction into the fascinating world of coding and software engineering. Upon that, I was offered a software engineering internship in Barcelona, then moved to Switzerland in search of new opportunities and found Ledgy.
An advice to all people out there, looking to transition into another field: Do what you love, it will never be too late. Pursue your passion and wake up in the morning looking forward to your day! I now wake up and tell myself: “Yeah, I’m going to build stuff today, and I’m going to do it with an awesome team!”
Ledgy: If you were to have a startup, would you and why would you use Ledgy?
Why would you want to spend time and resources with lawyers and Excel sheets, when you can have it all on one platform, with great customer support and a dedicated team behind it? For an early-stage startup, it’s free anyway, and for later-stage the offers are great, so I’d definitely go for Ledgy when it comes to equity management, investor relations and managing employee incentive plans.
Ledgy: What’s your number one advice you could give to new founders?
I have seen the transition from our startup going from a team consisting of the three co-founders, to growing close to a dozen people. At first, there weren’t many processes and structure in place, but now that the team grew, the whole company got more systematic and organized. It allows us to be more effective and efficient these days. So, my number one piece of advice is: plan well ahead but at the same time, be aware of the whole startup dynamic, being a rollercoaster. Be responsive and reactive towards your environment.
Thanks Oriol! You can find him on Twitter @ovcOS89