For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with computers. When I was 11 years old I wanted to learn programming, so I grabbed my sister's university-level C++ book and started coding. As I reached the concept of classes, I thought to myself:
Oh no, I have no idea what's going on here, I'm not smart enough for this programming thing.
10 years later, in 2015, when I had gotten bored in the army, and started my Computer Science degree, I realised that I actually was smart enough, C++ just wasn't the best language to learn as a 11 year old newbie. 🤷♂️
I also realised that there was something called Interaction Design/UX/Product Design, and that I'd always had a passion for it, I just didn't knew it was a thing. I always thought the voice in my head was generally annoyed by the world, when in fact all it did was keep pointing out all the mistakes designers had made in the environment around me.
During my third year at university, I co-founded bambuu with my two buddies Gustav and Silas, a digital agency doing web development and design for larger corporations that were stuck in their old ways. I was the project manager and main frontend developer, but had my fair share of ventures into Node.js and Java backends. We had fun and we learned a lot, but in the end the consulting business wasn't that exciting.
Instead, we moved on an founded Reccoon, a SaaS with the missions of making waste management more environmental friendly. It was a great adventure building our own product from scratch. I was in charge of building a kick ass administration dashboard in React, along with a cross-platform companion app with React Native. We also did some consulting on the side, where I built backends in Node.js, while my colleague built the frontend. Unfortunately Reccoon didn't work out in the end, mainly do to businessy stuff, and us being a little to eager to build cool stuff, instead of actually looking at the market's needs.
I've also co-founded UniHelpr, a SaaS that matches university students into groups, in an effort to give them a better start on their journey. I'm building all the integrations (with services such as Google Sheets and TypeForm), and infrastructure (it's a Node.js CLI) that is surrounding the matching algorithm. It's quite successful actually, and both the universities and the students love it.
I want to build products and services that have a positive impact on the environmental and societal issues we are facing during the coming decades.
I've become very aware of my actions and the consequences they have on my surroundings. I love the beauty of nature, and I want to spend as much of my energy as possible on making sure we preserve that beauty for future generations.
It isn't about the earth, it will endure no matter what we do to it. It's about my future children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It's about making sure that they get to experience the same beautiful nature that I do.
I could write pages and pages about myself, but that would be useless. True value comes in interaction with other people, likeminded or not. So, who do you think that I am? What defines me, from your perspective?
Let’s do an exercise. On the paper below, write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of me. I’ve written a little something to get you started, just don’t get caried away with flattery. ❤️
From a developer’s point of view🗓 2017 - 🕘 7 min