Leo Alfred

Kipsuvian since
October 2022
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What were you up to before joining Kipsu? 

Before Kipsu I was heading up development efforts at Br8kthru Consulting, a local digital marketing company. I switched between full stack web development, mobile app development, web design, UI/UX design, SEO, project and personnel management, website management and maintenance, quality assurance, information technology support, and general consulting to provide clients with a great digital experience. Before Br8kthru, I ran a startup focused on streamlining the law school on-campus interview process and pursued software development through a variety of freelance, contract, and internship positions.

What are some things you enjoy doing outside of work? 

I really enjoy making music. It's always fun to play guitar or bass along to my favorite songs, and I work on producing songs every now and then. Apart from that, I enjoy learning history, hiking, playing poker, and following political analysis.

What drew you to Kipsu in contrast to other companies? 

The biggest thing that drew me to Kipsu was the focus on learning. It's important to me that I'm able to continue to grow on the job, and it was obvious that Kipsu was dedicated to providing that opportunity. In addition, I wanted to be able to make a tangible impact, and it was clear that I would be able to do that at Kipsu where I might not be able to do that elsewhere.

What were some things you noticed about the Kipsu team during your first week?

Everyone was very welcoming, and I felt right at home in my squad. Lots of people came up to introduce themselves, and many were helpful throughout the onboarding process. I also noticed that while there are certainly goals and directives, there isn't an overwhelming pressure to put performance above everything else, which I think helps to create a sustainable work environment.

What challenges are you looking forward to tackling in your work at Kipsu?

I'm looking forward to gaining more mobile experience as I move into Android development. I also hope to be able to make my mark on the web app's front end and develop smarter functionalities with machine learning.

What is your favorite Kipsu core value and why?

My favorite Kipsu core value is Never Be Satisfied. Things can always be done better, and I think it's incredibly important to discover new information and experiences and use it to better both myself and the company.

If you could pick any person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?

I would probably pick Kenny Beats. I've always been interested in making music, and I think he's a master of music production. He's done a really good job of diversifying his creative endeavors and growing a unique community. It would be really interesting to talk to him about how he's accomplished that, since I think it could probably be applied to any number pursuits.

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