Zimpler invests in the functional programming community

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After a long run of hosting meetups at their Gothenburg office during the fall and winter months Zimpler finally graduates to full on sponsors for, not just one, but two functional programming events. The ongoing Lambda days in Krakow, Poland and the much anticipated :clojureD conference in Berlin, Germany. For the latter they function as Gold sponsors and have one of their locally active coding stars giving a lightning presentation. We sat down with Jean-Louis Giordano, CTO and avid clojure lover to get the whole picture.

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Zimplers CTO Jean-Louis Giordano

CTO and clojure lover Jean-Louis Giordano thinks back on the time when he accidentally started an office in Berlin.

You are really doubling down on functional programming, what’s up? 
The 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?
Big time.

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.

About Zimpler

Zimpler is a swedish fintech company. We were founded in Stockholm and Gothenburg 2012. The goal has always been to simplify mobile payments and to be a really nice company. Zimpler's main product is a modern, mobile wallet that gives the user control over their spending. We do this with spending limits, nudging and behavioural science methods.

Zimpler have offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Berlin and Haparanda and have around 40 employees. You can use the wallet in Sweden and Finland at the moment, but there are plans for entering more european markets. Today we have more than 112 000 users who can make and get control over their payments.