A programmer in search of originality
The Trustly team is growing fast, especially in the marketing department. In the past two years, the department has swelled from one member to 13, including market intelligence analysts, a graphic designer, a content producer, and developers. One of our most recent hires, Bakr Kawkji, developed an interest in technology during his childhood in Syria and has joined Trustly to pursue a meaningful career. Let’s get to know Bakr a little more…
Nice to meet you, Bakr! Can you tell us a little about yourself? What did you do before Trustly
Nice to meet you, too! I’m a computer science guy with an interest in design, e-commerce, marketing, art and everything that involves technology. Shortly after joining a new team, I usually find myself involved in all kinds of things because my curiosity leads me into new areas that I never thought I’d work in before.
Before joining Trustly, I lead a team of full-stack web developers at an LA-based web development and SEO firm.
What’s your current role? What do you like about it so far
I’m a front-end lead developer on the marketing team. So far, I like the creative freedom that I have while working on new and exciting projects.
How did you develop an interest in programming
I’ve always liked computers and my curiosity got the best of me. I loved playing games but I wanted to know how they were made. Around age 8, I had my first introduction to programming and a language called BASIC, but it wasn’t until I was around 13 years old that I got more serious about learning to program.
At the time, I was very into graphic design, and Photoshop and CorelDRAW were fascinating tools to play with. I remember spending most of my summer days at my uncle’s office, watching him and learning to design cool things.
I started learning a language called Pascal from one of my friend’s brothers, who was an IT university student. I learned quite a bit from him about the programming principles and enjoyed it so much that I started to focus more on it than on my school homework … which led to some trouble with my grades. After Pascal, I learned another programming language called Delphi and that is where things started to get really exciting. I’ve kept learning new languages on my own since then. Eventually, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Information Systems Management.
What attracted you to Trustly
I’d say the unique product idea and the originality of the company. I’ve been looking for something different to be part of — something that’s not a copy of or an upgrade to an existing technology — and I believe I’ve found that here.
After about one month at Trustly, what have you learned
I’ve learned that the Swedish work culture differs a lot — in a good way — from other places I’ve worked. There’s good vibe and energy in the office. I’ve also learned that work should be fun too. Things don’t always have to be serious; they should be relaxed and enjoyable.
What is your favorite programming language? Why
PHP. I’ve programmed a lot using it. I’m not sure if I like it because I’ve used it so much or because it’s easy to use, but it’s my favorite.
What’s a myth about developers that you’d like to dispel?
We don’t know everything about computers. Ask Google instead!
What sites would one find in your bookmark bar
How many tabs do you currently have open in your browser
Nice chatting, Bakr! See you around the office!