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 proudly introduce the painter, baker and platform engineer Mina, aka #xinjaphoenix
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What is your Xinja name and what do you do at Xinja?
My Xinja name is Xinja Phoenix and I’m a platform engineer working on the conceptual brain and central nervous system of Xinja.
What are you most proud of working at Xinja?
I am proud that I can bring my authentic self to work every day.
We hire Xinjas with a voracious learning mindset. What is the latest thing you’ve read, heard or seen that blew your mind?
One thing that I’ve read recently, which has blown my mind is that in a recent study, only 66% of LGBTIQA+ people are out at work.
What future technology or trend excites you the most?
The future technology or trend which excites me the most is teaching the concept of data banking. I hadn’t heard about neo banking before I heard about Xinja. I’d always hated going into a branch and being treated like monetary fodder and when I found out about Xinja and how they’re unburdening banking, I thought, you know what? I want to get in on that. This is something I can really get behind.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
It is a necessary evil. It keeps my family fed, it keeps us sheltered and it keeps us healthy.
Confession time – what do you waste money on?
There is a quote which is, “Be careful of who you invest your time in as wasted time is worse than wasted money.” In the past I’ve wasted time on the wrong type of people, but the best investment I’ve ever made is with my wife and kids.
Halo time – what’s the best thing you’ve spent money on?
The best thing that I spent money on was moving into state to start a new life as authentically me.
If you weren’t at Xinja, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t working at Xinja, I’d be working in the diversity and inclusion space. I have a strong sense of social justice and there’s lots of opportunities to drive positive change within the community.
What is your weekend hobby
When I’m not pounding keys in the office, I like to paint. I’m an artist and I’ve recently had a solo exhibition. I also love to cook and I’m learning how to crochet.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the image be?
My next tattoo is going to be a dragonfly, which it represents my wife and down the track I would be incredibly proud to wear the Xinja logo as I am team Xinja for life.
Check out other members of the Xinja team here.