Position: Back-end developer. Having been around the longest (barring one or two others), I am well versed in the innermost workings of the Wrapp machinery. These days I get to work on new features now and then, but most of my time goes into supporting the rest of the tech team through automated testing, writing tools and general helping out. I also work closely with the sales team to help get great new brands up and running on our service.
Hometown: Stockholm, born and raised.
Currently working in: Shorts, a t-shirt and sun shades. I wear reading glasses most of the time, but I seem to have misplaced them somewhere. For the last few days I’ve been wearing shades to work because they have the same prescription. Besides making me look cool, they are surprisingly comfortable when viewing bright screens.
Why Wrapp? Wrapp has an exciting service, but above all a skilled and very dedicated crew. We’re still a small company by most standards, but far from the garage shop we were during 2011. The feeling that “there’s more out there, let’s go get it” is really infused in all of us.
Favorite Wrapp purchase: I got four packs of gloves from Stadium this winter. They kept me warm and happy, but now they’re all gone.
Craziest thing you’ve seen happen at Wrapp: The test launch on September 12th, 2011. We spent the summer of 2011 building the core Wrapp system and as we arrived at the launch date we still hadn’t had any “real” users. Users, with all of their lust for exploration are much more sophisticated than the idealized test users you design a system for, so we knew there were going to be a lot of use cases we hadn’t given enough thought of, let alone bugs. Once we’d gone live we worked day and night that whole week to eliminate any problems that arose, with only a few hours here and there to rest and recuperate.
While exhausting, those are the moments that you cherish and remember. All of a sudden we understood that there were people using our service, and while they probably didn’t depend on it in any critical way, we really, really wanted to show them a great experience. And when you’re that pressed to get stuff working you know that everything you do counts, and you get to see the fruits of your labor immediately.
Best gift you’ve ever received/given: My friends got me a walker for my 25th birthday. They are really difficult to come by in Sweden so I was truly amazed, but I haven’t used it much.
Hidden talents: Words amuse me. I coined the name Wrapp and the lesser known, but much more bombastic, Bohemian Wrappsody, the name of our company. I’m also a winter sports enthusiast and I’m particularly in love with my monoski. To those who claim I should leave it in the museum where it belongs, I simply retort: Why split your ride in two?
On your bookshelf: Technical books of course, like Coders at Work by Peter Seibel, but also fiction by Orwell, Hemingway and others. Apart from that, the usual trash: documents, old lecture notes, a monkey wrench, bike parts…
On your nightstand: Coins, dust and a stack of mugs.
On your playlist: Radio Dept and Nada Surf. And Bruce Springsteen – I’m very much looking forward to his visit to Gothenburg in late July!