Meet the Tech Team

Welcome to the series that celebrates our technology team. The tech team at Bink is the foundation of our business and having these remarkable people work for the company is what sets us apart. 

In this series, we talk to three of the team about how they found themselves working in tech and what advice they would give their younger selves if they could go back in time. 

Here we go. 

Christian – Head of Development

Hi Christian, so when did you discover that working in tech was for you? Have you always wanted to work in this space, or did you discover it later in life? 

I started coding a few years after university when I realised I could automate some of my duties in a previous job through programming. 

After getting the bug for programming at work, I decided to teach myself Python by going through the “Test-Driven Development with Python” O′Reilly book. 

That book was really the starting point of my development career and I 100% recommend it to anyone who is looking to get started.

Why do you love what you do?

I love taking an idea and working as a team to build and deliver it in its best form. Seeing something you have helped create, out in the world, gives me huge amounts of pride in what we have achieved. 

I also love problem solving as a team which comes alongside that.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Trust your instincts and make the jump to programming sooner. Doing something you enjoy will lead to a much more fulfilling life.

Thanks Christian. 

Greta – Quality Assurance Engineer

Hi Greta, so when did you start enjoying technology and do you remember the path you took to starting your career in engineering?

I started being interested in technology a few years back while working at a Bank. My systems would break because I would try to find new ways of using them. This meant that I.T. was on speed dial for me and they would greet me with ‘What have you done now, Greta?’. Whilst they fixed my systems, I would question them about why things are being done in a certain way. It was during those conversations that I realised how interesting technology is.

I started working for Bink in operations and they have supported me to move into the engineering team and develop my skills. 

Is there a reason you really enjoy what you do?

I enjoy my job in QA because it allows me to break things and think of scenarios which confuses the systems. I enjoy asking questions such as ‘Why?’ And ‘What if I tried doing…?’ – which most of the time leads to finding bugs and that is exciting because it allows me to find something that others may have missed.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Relax – don’t take everything so seriously. 

Lovely talking to you. 

Chris – Senior Site Reliability Engineer 

Chris, when did you start enjoying technology – can you remember how old you were?

I began taking apart electronics at about five years old. The need to understand why something worked, driven by my hyper focus from ADHD, ultimately lead to my love of Coding and Infrastructure. 

I have always wanted to work with technology and feel very lucky to have a career I can also enjoy as a hobby during my downtime.

Amazing to have always known what you wanted to do. What is the single reason you love what you do?

Problem Solving – the need to not only understand how and why something works, but the need to make it work as perfectly as possible. Perfection is attainable and the feeling of achievement when you arrive is worth everything.

Last question – if you could go back and give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

Buy that magazine you saw that one time in 2004 which came with an Ubuntu CD on the front cover.

We hope you enjoyed meeting these three and learning a bit about how they came into the tech world.