We think it’s important to really get to know our xinja work comrades; unpack what they’re really into – as you never know where that hobby might come in handy when you’re designing and building a bank.
In this series, we bring you the secret lives of Xinjas; an exploration of what rocks their world.
In a throwback Thursday edition, we share the secret lives of two (not-so-new) xinjas – who have been busily working behind the scenes: #fixerxinja Matt and #nanoxinja Sarah.
“It is great to work with people who have the same values as me and want to help people with the way they manage their finances and help improve financial literacy” – #fixerxinja
What is your Xinja name and what do you do at Xinja?
Matt: #fixerxinja. I am the Product Owner for Home Loans
Sarah: #nanoxinja. I’m fun sized and travel well. I am Marketing & Community lead. I make Xinja matter to the people that matter to Xinja.
What are you most proud of working at Xinja?
Matt: It is great to work with people who have the same values as me and want to help people with the way they manage their finances and help improve financial literacy. I feel the industry has lost a lot of confidence lately and I am happy to be part of something which puts the customer at the centre of everything we do.
Sarah: Contributing to the latest crowdfund result – 1447 investors backing Xinja. I feel the social beat of our community everyday. It’s motivating to hear why people back Xinja, and contribute to the epic challenge to over deliver for them.
We hire Xinjas with a voracious learning mindset. What is the latest thing you’ve read, heard or seen that blew your mind?
Matt: “Our Greatest Glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius
I think we learn most from failing. If you are not failing are you pushing your boundaries enough?
Sarah: When I saw nanotechnology on Netflix’s sci-fi show Travellers, I was curious to know how much of it was possible. Nanotech is the scientific technology on a microscopic scale. The pace of advancement of nanotechnology is insane! Nano bombs target the most aggressive breast cancer, POLR2A by growing 100 times its normal size, through a controlled release, killing only the cancerous cells, leaving the healthy cells alive. “The future is big … but it’s also small.” – Jo De Boeck, Forbes Technology Council
What future technology or trend excites you the most?
Matt: It would have to be machine learning. I think data is one of the most important things we have and how we use it effectively and learn from it is a fascinating space.
Sarah: Nanotech obviously – “…it’s the driving force behind today’s most advanced products, systems and devices that are disrupting nearly every industry.” – Jo De Boeck, Forbes Technology Council
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Matt: It’s complicated
Confession time – what do you waste money on?
Matt: Eating out. I don’t have much time to cook!
Sarah: Gadgets. I just bought a drone, 2nd pair of Bose bluetooth speakers, and I need an Apple watch 4 in my life.
Halo time – what’s the best thing you’ve spent money on?
Matt: Would be travelling. I see more value in experiences over tangible things.
Sarah: Surf & swim travel. A month long surf trip to Costa Rica. Swimtrek to Greece last year, 7 days of swimming, two islands away from tourists.
If you weren’t at Xinja, what would you be doing?
Matt: Always wanted to ride across the world on a motorbike, so would probably be doing that.
Sarah: A travelling futurist.
What is your weekend hobby
Matt: Anything to do with the beach. I grew up near the sea and try to spend as much time as I can in or near it
Sarah: I love ocean swimming with the Bold & Beautiful Manly. No matter what life throws at me, I can always rely on B&B swimmers and sea life to ground me.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the image be?
Matt: I’m not a fan of needles, so would struggle to get a tattoo!
Sarah: The wave of Kanagawa & I’ve had a deposit down with a tattoo artist for 4 years. I’m the spawn of peeps that met happenchance in Japan. The cold and waves are in my blood.