The founders and I knew each other already for a few years. One evening drinking beers they asked me if I would be interested in joining them. That was just after their Seed round in December 2018. We lived together in a small student house, so this was already a good prerequisite for working together. However, at first I was a bit hesitant about mixing friendship with an employee-founder relationship. Looking back, worrying about that was not necessary at all. Concerning my background, I did study environmental engineering, but around the time when I started my Masters I did my first steps towards software engineering in a part-time job. After finishing my studies, I jumped fully into this field with a lot of thirst for learning more.
I had some interest in the startup scene and participated in a course from Innosuisse, even developed some plans for founding a startup with a colleague from my studies. However, I was rather risk averse at this time and this was not the right moment for me. However, the fact that I am usually looking for work, where one can innovate and contribute significantly, and be part of a rather small team, eventually drew me towards the startup scene and to Ledgy.
I would say our current focus of migrating some of our core logic to a more flexible system is a really exciting challenge. Not on a mathematical level necessarily, but because it is linked to so many parts in our app, that the migration requires many well thought-through steps, good coordination with all team members, while keeping the app running as smoothly as possible despite having the old and new system in place at the same time. It feels a bit like an open heart-surgery. Apart from that, we recently re-wrote our exit modeling algorithm, which had a few limitations in the past that were not easy to solve. But with a completely different approach we solved them, and implementing this and seeing it work, was very exciting.
I have always been addicted to everything that flies. Being a bird would be awesome! I try the best means to get as close as often as possible and when the weather allows. Several years ago I discovered paragliding. Imagine flying slow almost like a bicycle, feeling the wind in your face, but hundred meters above the landscape, using thermals to gain altitude and, with increasing experience, fly for several hours across the country. It is a very "simple" kind of flying, close to the elements with only a few kilogram of equipment. This really gives you a feeling of freedom. Sometimes one shares thermals with birds of prey or a flock of swifts, which are very memorable moments and definitely make you feel like one of them.
Back in times, we were all working in one very small room, sharing desks and I had a mechanical keyboard, that was very noisy. Especially when I was excited to write down some code really quick. So Jahlela sneaked this emoji in our chat to symbolize such moments. That was the start of our emoji culture I think.
Basil-lemon is definitely my favorite so far, but there is more room for experiments :-)
On a professional level, there is a lot to learn for me still in the engineering role, and I am very excited for new product team members with different levels of experience to join and exchange knowledge. There will be enough upcoming challenges in the next years, so I am sure work at Ledgy will not be boring anytime soon. And the team at Ledgy is one of the best I have been working with. In the long-term, I would really like to fuse my education in environmental engineering with my experience as a software engineer. On a more personal level, my wish is to spend some years living in other countries. I spent 6 months living in Nepal and South Africa each, and would like to do something similar again, but for a longer amount of time.
There are many aspects to it, but one I find very appealing is the fact that sharing ownership of a company gives us a much greater feeling of being a team, working for a shared interest. Rather than focusing only on ones own position and performance metrics. A group of people with such a mindset will, in my opinion, achieve great things much more easily.