Introducing our newest Waddler, Hamish. Another bright mind to join our legion of engineers, he comes to Waddle from tech giant / Australia's number one success story, Atlassian. As well as adding considerable technical expertise to the team, Hamish is also a pioneer of Hawaiian Fridays™ - the wearing of bright floral shirts to the office to celebrate the imminent arrival of the weekend.
A big welcome to the team! How has life in the Waddle house been so far?
It’s been fantastic, I might be a bit biased, but I’d say it’s a great place to work, perhaps even the best place to work I’ve ever worked at. In all seriousness, the people here are great, friendly, and fun to work with.
Who is Hamish Farrant? Do you have any hobbies? Secret talents?
Currently long-distance running is a big one, but I also play a lot of videogames, DIY (as much as you can do in a rental apartment at least), reading (mostly non-fiction) and when I get the chance, I like getting out and going hiking in the mountains.
Tell us a bit about what brings you to Waddle. What were you doing before you got here?
Before Waddle I worked at Atlassian for 5 years, I joined before the IPO, and while it’s been an eye-opening experience seeing the company change over that time, it left me craving a bit more of the smaller-company agility that is inevitably lost as a company grows. Waddle reminds me a lot of what Atlassian was like earlier. In addition another thing that really drew me to Waddle is the product, it’s something really neat and valuable.
What is your first impression of Waddle? The platform? The team?
Trunk based development blew my mind (although it does freak me out a bit committing straight to master), things are done here much faster than I’ve seen elsewhere. From a culture perspective, people really listen to suggestions, and there’s a real “If you want to change something you can” vibe.
What are you hoping to achieve here with us?
Make something awesome!