You are really doubling down on functional programming, what’s up?
question really is: why anything else? We tried to answer the question: “what is
the simplest possible thing that would work”, meaning finding an ecosystem with a
clear and minimal set of feature that are independent but completing each other
without overlapping but covering everything without contradiction, it’s hard not to
reach that conclusion.
Why are you sponsoring these events?
I believe the only way to grow a company is organically, and organic growth
requires symbiosis with our surrounding communities. You have to consider your
social impact as a company, both in terms of the things you produce but also in the
way you treat the people in your vicinity. We picked this community because it’s
aligned with our values of inclusivity and learning, and we want to sponsor events
that helps this community thrive because when the community thrive, we thrive! We
can hire more people, and more open source is produced, growing the community and
moving the world in the right direction.
And why :clojureD and LambdaDays specifically?
We’re using Clojure (a lot) and Haskell (a tiny bit), and we believe in
symbiosis with the community we rely on. We use (a lot) of open source code, and
produce (not enough) open source ourselves, and so community participation is
important. It helps motivate people to join the community, first by showing that
there is business value (adoption) and by helping newcomers (through scholarships).
What do you want to achieve by sponsoring functional programming events?
A few reasons: to show that we’re proud of what we do, to prove that we made
it, and to convince people to join us. We also really want the community to thrive
because we are part of it.
You have been sponsoring a couple of Clojure events in Berlin, why there and
why Clojure specifically?
The origin story of this is that we advertised for remote Clojure positions
and got a bunch of applications coming from Berlin. Also I was a newly appointed
CTO, and I kinda wanted to arrogantly make a splash, so I asked “hey, can we open
an office in Berlin then??” and to my surprise everybody was like “yass!!!!”. To
figure out if that was possible I participated in a few clojure meetups and the
community was so great that it just made perfect to try to go for it! So we did
open a Berlin office last November, and we’re slowly growing it, and so that’s why
we’re now participating in everything Clojure related in Berlin!
Are these events a good arena to spot new talents?
Are you here scouting for talent as well?
Well when you put
it that way I feel like a shark hunter or something (laughs). But we’re definitely
making connections during those conferences, some of them lead to recruiting, but
sometimes it’s business relations we establish as well. Networking and inspiration
is the key.
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