Thanks for coming to our campus, Christian! Let’s start with your background.
In mid-2017 I became the Japan representative for a Singapore-based company that created chatbots for hotels. While looking for chatbot collaborators, I met my future co-founder, Song Yu, who is a respected engineer and project manager.
We officially launched Evolany in March 2018 and since then I've been wearing many different hats; some days I’ll be working on product or UI design, others recruiting.
How has Evolany evolved since launch?
For the first 8 months, it was just Song-san (CEO) and I working from a spare room in his house. In October 2018, we raised a seed round, hired three more people and quickly set up our first office.
What tech stack do you use?
Our senior engineers use Lua, an open-source programming language that has been popularized by the game World of Warcraft. It helped us to cut our AWS significantly, while also making anybot faster.
What makes your work environment special?
With 21 nationalities onboard, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to our company. Our youngest member ever was 19 years old and our oldest was 66.
A relatively flat corporate structure differentiates us from other companies, and salary and raises are based on merit, not time spent with the company. We don't want our engineers competing against each other for limited spaces. If they want a better salary, they need to upskill, take an internal exam and get qualified for promotion.
How many Le Wagon graduates have you been working with so far?
Secondly, I would like to highlight that we value multiculturalism and diversity. People with an interesting, composite background like coding bootcamp graduates make a balanced addition to our team.
What qualities do you value the most when hiring developers?
Hard skills are important but I prefer open-minded and curious learners. If you have zero hobbies, it will be difficult to fit in a new office environment. It is perfect if you have a personal story to tell. I have hired people based on the strength of their story.
Thank you for the conversation! Any last words?
We are hiring experienced DevOps, Infrastructure engineers, and DX Consultants! If you are interested, come visit our new office in Shin-Yokohama. We have massage chairs, a punching bag, a 100 square meter fake grass space with a bunch of animal-shaped chairs, free drink machines, a dedicated takoyaki trolley, and the best bread in Yokohama.