Meet The Team: Joe
10th July 2017
Job title: Software Engineer
Having worked for a big company over the past two years, Joe joins Trussle as a software engineer keen to develop his experience in web technologies and embrace the small company vibe (although at the rate we’re growing, this might not be the case for long!).
What made you want to join Trussle?
I was attracted to the size and setup of Trussle - I wanted to join a smaller team so I could get more involved in the day to day life of the business, rather than just the technical side of things. I like being able to see the results of my work and getting feedback directly from the people using what I’ve helped make. This is hard when you’re in a big company, but it’s a big part of life at Trussle. I felt like a little cog in a very big wheel in my previous role, so it’s great to work on an emerging product in the existing field of mortgages, making changes that will benefit real people.
Maybe most importantly, I liked the culture at Trussle too!
What were you doing before joining Trussle?
I was developing the software for a sports fitness tracking product and as part of the job I lived in Belgrade, Serbia for six months - that was an interesting experience for many reasons! I went on my own but managed to learn about ten words the whole time I was there, mostly related to food (most proudly, kupus - cabbage) or swearing at other drivers.
The only downside was how unhealthy I got. I had a blood test when I got back and I had the cholesterol levels of an old man! The food there is very greasy but highly delicious with a beer or Serbian brandy (rakija) - it’s all grilled meat but usually covered in kajmak, a Serbian cheese.
How do you spend your spare time?
The usual - running, cycling, drinking and going out, eating, and reading - I’m into history and geopolitics. I play around with computers too.
How did you get into development?
I was always interested in electrics as a kid - I used to connect bits of string with pieces of duplo which I think is what kickstarted my inquisitivity with electrical systems, which then naturally progressed on to computers. I liked the idea of using software to drive real things in the real world, and it went from there.
What do you do on a day to day basis?
As I’ve only been here a week, I’m working on few small familiarisation tasks while fixing issues to get used to the code. We (the development team) have a stand up every morning to discuss what we’ve done and what’s on the agenda for the day… then I’ll make some toast (with marmite of course).
What was your first job?
I worked as a Saturday boy at a local locksmiths. They weren’t so hot on the health and safety, so as a 16 year old I was drilling into walls fitting fire alarms and did once drill through a live mains cable.
What’s the best part of your job?
For me it’s having the opportunity to learn new things all the time. As a software engineer you’re never going to get to a point where you know everything. There are always things to learn and techniques to try, and new things to get involved with.