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. We introduce this fresh duo #ecoXinja Lisa and #iFruityXinja Jonathon.
What’s the best thing you’ve spent money on? “The coffee I bought this morning. Or perhaps yesterday“ – #iFruityXinja
What is your Xinja name and what do you do at Xinja?
Lisa: #ecoXinja, I am a UX lead.
Jonathon:#iFruityXinja – I am the Lead Mobile Engineer for iOS and other Apple products.
What are you most proud of working at Xinja?
Lisa: Identifying what is important to our users and translating that into the products we design for them.
Jonathon: Our incredibly fast paced product design, build, and delivery lifecycle while maintaining the highest standard of quality.
We hire Xinjas with a voracious learning mindset. What is the latest thing you’ve read, heard or seen that blew your mind?
Lisa: I saw this quote when I was in design school and it helps to validate my job: “70% to 80% of new product development that fails does so not for lack of advanced technology, but because of a failure to understand users’ needs.” – Eric Von Hippen, MIT Business School.
Jonathon: I’ve been learning recently about the origins of the elements – how different atoms and matter came to exist and where it all came from. Super nerdy stuff but incredibly interesting!
What future technology or trend excites you the most?
Lisa: Biodesign – Using ecological principles or natural phenomena to design new products and solutions.
Jonathon: Holidaying on the Moon (or Mars?).
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Lisa: Harmonious and pragmatic.
Jonathon: Save and invest what I can, with a more-frequent-than-ideal splurge!
Confession time – what do you waste money on?
Lisa: Holidays, furniture and the occasional nice dinner.
Jonathon: Techy stuff and my motorcycle.
Halo time – what’s the best thing you’ve spent money on?
Lisa: A very comfortable mattress.
Jonathon: The coffee I bought this morning. Or perhaps yesterday.
If you weren’t at Xinja, what would you be doing?
Lisa: Saving the environment.
Jonathon: I’d go camping, or if money was no object, I’d be on my new boat!
Weekend hobby: “Playing board games with friends, shopping at 2nd hand stores and markets, tending my indoor plants, generally being a hipster.“ – #ecoXinja Lisa
What is your weekend hobby
Lisa: Playing board games with friends, shopping at 2nd hand stores and markets, tending my indoor plants, generally being a hipster.
Jonathon: I usually manage to get a small amount of video game time in between social commitments and other activities.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the image be?
Lisa: I would get an image of a lotus flower in the rain, because that’s my Chinese name.
Jonathon: My future kids’ names, but it’d have to wait until I’ve had them!