As the second engineer at Kontagent, I have seen a lot of changes and been through a fair amount of ups and downs in the company. Whatever the challenge was, we always faced it head on and steadily inched forward. It was my pleasure to work with a such persistent and talented team. In the past 5 years, I was exposed to myriad aspects of the business, not just coding: integrating our tracking library with our customers’ products; customer onboarding; troubleshooting customer issues; and js/django/python, C/C++, hadoop/cascading development.
Last Friday marks the end of my 5.3 year tenure at Kontagent. I’ve always wanted to work on my own project and see what will become of it. I made myself a promise a year ago to embark on this journey, and now’s the time to pull the trigger. Admittedly, it is scary, but it’s also exciting at the same time. The saddest thing for me was to leave a group of great people. It felt as if I was breaking up with them. Kontagent, I’m going to miss all those interesting discussions during lunch, throwing (not a typo, I really mean throwing) nerf darts at people across the room when I was stuck on something, having darts thrown at me usually as a form of retaliation, mini-basketball shooting, foosball, ping pong, late night games of Catan (a sheep for a brick, anyone?). Aside from all the “normal” startup perks, Kontagent has always been more than accommodating when I was going through some of the most challenging times in my personal life. For that, I will always be grateful.
Now the dice have been cast, and my wife and I are working on our own gig with cautious optimism. For the time being, we are going to focus all our attention on PackerShack, our new hostel comparison/booking service. Even though it’s up and running, and I haven’t rebooted the server for months now, there’s still a lot of work left to be done. I’m glad that Jenny is working along side me. Wish us luck.