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Reflections of a new Powershop software development manager

Hi, I’m Emma and I’m a software development manager with the team here at Powershop. My role is a little different around here compared to the technical focus of developers. I am one month in and would like to give you a fresh insider’s glimpse into this special place. What does that look like in practice? What impact does it have on how people work? I have condensed these into five things that have resonated with me in these first weeks. I’ve been a Powershop customer for five years. I hadn’t previously been excited about electricity, let alone paying for said electricity. A colleague had recommended Powershop when I moved house. Everything was suspiciously easy and awesome. My interest as a conscious consumer grew into a professional interest in following years: their mobile app kicked ass; they did fun, playful, smart things in the tech community; people smiled with their eyes when they talked about working at Powershop. Something […]

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Meet Matt

Matt is one of our fantastic Powershop designers, who enjoys creating a smooth and beautiful user experience. He loves to brew beer and play football (hopefully independent of each other), but he doesn’t like paperwork, so please don’t give him any. He can sometimes be seen carrying around a fancy camera or two. Apparently a few years ago he produced a hip-hop album! Perhaps we’ll have to start calling him Matty Matt. Job title: Interaction Lead What that actually means: Matt looks after the product (the Powershop customer site); balancing customer and business needs. Matt comes from: Dunedin.

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Meet Nick

Meet Nick! As our youngest developer he comes to us with lots of enthusiasm and a love for learning and teaching. Nick loves to longboard down hills and listen to hip hop. Job Title: Developer What that actually means: Nick works across the stack. He spends a lot of time helping people (peer programming). Nick comes from: Christchurch Nick’s heroes are: Notch, Rodney Mullen, Mozilla Favourite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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Meet Rachel

Rachel is the badger-loving, saxophone-playing Rails developer and charismatic leader of Team Taniwha. She has a passion for very hoppy beer and once saw Nirvana live (a very long time ago). She also once played in the John Rowles backing band, whatever that means. Job title:  Delivery Team Lead What that actually means: Enabling her team to write code and deliver – ideally she writes code and delivers, too. You can spot Rachel’s desk because: It is home of the The Wombat of Code. When the Wombat is out – Do not disturb, Rachel is busy programming! There will also always be a healthy supply of post-it notes to hand. Rachel comes from: Childhood in the Naki, adulthood in the UK. Rachel’s heroes are: Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry, Brian Cox, Marcus de Sautoy, Jim Al-Khalili.

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Meet Kelly

Kelly is one of our super talented interaction designers who also regularly wears her developer hat – she loves coding in CSS and HTML (no really, she does!). You won’t catch her cleaning up her desk often but you’re likely to see her out and about with her camera, doing VJing around town or organising tech events (like Rails Girls Wellington). Before joining us at Powershop she worked for a 5-person startup that raised ₤600,000 in 10 days from equity crowdfunding. Wow!! Job title: Interaction Designer/Developer What that actually means: Kelly sits in between dev and design making wireframes and then integrating them into the product from a front-end perspective. She’s currently working on the new shop UI and refactoring our CSS into Atomic Design structure. You can spot Kelly’s desk because: She has an impressively cluttered desktop. “I think she’s trying to create dark matter from the density of those files” and “Ouch that hurts my […]