Hey folks! So far we’ve introduced @hizzle and @thomas from the Tech team, with one more coming later this month, but today we’ve got @alex.
What is your role at Just About?
CTO - Chief Technology Officer. It’s a fancy way of saying 'Head of Tech’. I’m part of the leadership team and line-manage our engineers, as well as our Head of Product. Together we build the platform you’re using now!
Why did you join JA, and where did you work before?
I loved that the JA mission was one of global scale, and that the road to that scale would throw up lots of hands-on technology challenges. My first conversations with @rupert were full of talk of managing on-platform finance, various app integrations, bots, and much more, much wilder stuff. Suffice to say: it was clear that the web platform was just the beginning, and that got me fired up.
Before joining JA I was the CTO of a start-up I co-founded called Ecologi, where our mission was to make reducing and offsetting carbon emissions effortless and rewarding. I was there for over four years and when I left we’d helped businesses and individuals fund the planting of over 50 million trees and avoid over 2 million tonnes of CO2.
How did you get started in this industry?
I’ve been writing code since I was 14 and have always had an affinity with the web. I love the flavour of creativity and problem solving that comes with software engineering, and still get a buzz when I hit “save” and see the changes I expected pop up on the screen. Through the growth of Ecologi I got more and more into the leadership side of engineering, and now a significant portion of my enjoyment comes from seeing my team thrive.
Non-work quick-fire round
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
An architect, which on reflection doesn’t seem very imaginative as childhood dreams go! I think I liked the idea of technical drawing and designing cool spaces; I was, and still am, quite a fan of the Legos.
Share a hobby you currently have.
Fun fact: I live on a houseboat on the river Thames in the UK, so lots of my “hobby” time is spent doing odd jobs around the boat and keeping her shipshape. I’m also a massive speciality coffee nerd so I spend far too much time each day faffing with my V60. I love hiking, e-biking, yoga, acroyoga, and generally all things fitness. A few years ago I got into skydiving and this year I plan to learn to paraglide 🪂