Inside the Circle — meet David!
Here at Funding Circle, we firmly believe that our amazing team is what makes our company so special. That’s why we created this series to help you get to know the people behind Funding Circle.
Today, meet David, one of our talented heads of engineering! Learn why he loves being an engineer, why he respects teachers so much, and more in this Q&A:
What do you do at Funding Circle?
I lead the software engineers who support the computer applications used by our investors, including the Investor Portal in the U.S. and the U.K. mobile application.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Funding Circle?
The people with whom I work. The lack of office politics and focus on succeeding as a team make this the most productive and pleasant environment in which I have ever worked. Most companies have values similar to “stand together” (one of our core values); Funding Circle is unusual in that it is more than a slogan.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Ever since I was a kid and played with LEGO bricks, I have loved to build stuff. With LEGO I built models of Tower Bridge. When I discovered computer programming on a Research Machines 380z at school, I found a whole new way of building things. Delivering software that helps Funding Circle grow is deeply rewarding.
If you could start any small business, what would you sell/offer?
I would want to start a wine import business. It would focus on small wine producers in lesser-known regions of Italy and Portugal; no wines from Tuscany, but wines from Umbria and Lugana, for example. This business would require frequent trips to Portugal and Italy and a lot of wine-tasting, but I am Made to Do More and would suffer through these demands on my time.
What’s one thing your coworkers probably don’t know about you?
I was a member of a four-person team called “Warriors Gate” on a British TV show called Tele Addicts. We were the 1994 series champions. Fortunately, none of our episodes have made it to You Tube.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation: No more TSA lines. No more two-hour commutes. Have lunch in Paris and dinner in Rome — all whilst working for Funding Circle in San Francisco. Taste wine in Rioja on Saturday and Napa on Sunday. Watch an English Championship game at Carrow Road and be back in time for an afternoon game of baseball at the Oakland Coliseum. I have wanted this power since I was a kid watching the British show “The Tomorrow People.”
What was your worst subject in elementary school?
Music. I enjoyed playing the recorder, but that pleasure was not shared by those who had to listen to my attempts at performing Au clair de la lune.
What’s your proudest achievement in life?
I was a teacher of Mathematics and Computer Studies in Portugal for a couple of years after leaving University. During the last parent-teacher meeting of my tenure, I was approached by the mother and father of a kid named Yvo. They wanted to thank me for helping their son make friends for the first time. He had been at the school for many years, but was a lonely child. I started a Dungeons and Dragons group at school, and Yvo was one of the people involved. Through that group he made friends, with whom he started to socialize after school. His parents said he was truly happy for the first time in years. Making a difference in someone’s life in this way is why I continue to admire teachers.
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