Future Mind is the dynamic and efficient organization that you all know thanks to the many amazing individuals that make it work day in and day out. Whether you’re a potential client or a prospective staff member, you might want to get to know some of our employees – what they think about Future Mind, how they ended up here, and what they love doing in their free time.
This time, meet Jakub Wiśniewski – an Android developer who’s been with Future Mind for so long that, as we say in Polish, he remembers more than the oldest highlanders.
I’ve been at Future Mind for, let me count it up… eight years! You could say it’s been a while. I was recruited right after university by a friend I’d known since high school. He was already working at Future Mind at that time, and he invited me to come around sometime and see if I liked it. As you can probably tell… I did.
I’d been working in a corporate environment up till that time, and I was just subcontracted, so I loved how fresh Future Mind felt – like a startup, which I guess it was. A two-bedroom apartment served as our office and it was just a bunch of guys coding fun stuff together.
Some things are totally different – as I said, we started out in a regular apartment, and now we have a huge office in a prestigious skyscraper in a good location. Makes you realize how far we’ve come! In the meantime, we also worked in a single-family house for a while – and over the years, more and more people kept joining.
For a long time, we all knew each other perfectly, but that is not really doable over a certain headcount. There are almost a hundred of us now, so it’s impossible to maintain a close friendship with everyone.
I really like how we’re still the same company at heart, though – we welcome every new person like one of our own, and we have somehow managed to grow the organization with people who enjoy the same crazy sense of humor!
Jakub is always ready to get to know his colleagues better, be it over a doughnut or a drink
When you work in a relatively small team, every project becomes personal. All our apps feel like our own children – we really care about them, feel responsible for them, and… want them to grow up and become successful!
Compared to my previous job, I definitely feel that everyone is much more engaged with our work – and this allows us to not only be successful, but also to have fun as we create new things.
Another special thing I like about the way we work is how we resolve conflicts. It’s natural that they arise, especially when you feel so connected to your project! But we try not to let emotions get in the way. We only take into consideration arguments that are grounded in actual knowledge. We refer to the documentation, good practices, design rules… and this way, there is no reason for serious disagreements. Sources take care of them for us.
I’ll never forget our barbecues on the roof of our building from back when there were about fifteen of us at the company. We all knew each other perfectly well, and we’d spend so much time together – both at work and after hours. We’d drink together and have fun, and we made many memories.
As for project-related memories, I remember back when a client wanted us to create special modules based on a particularly horrible Android library. I spent about two weeks fighting that hellish software, but when I finally achieved the necessary result, I felt like the most powerful man on the planet. It’s been years, but I still look back at that day with fondness.
I actually have a new thing going on at the moment – it’s the first time I’m acting as a mentor to two junior developers. I hope I’m doing well! I really like it – I’ve always enjoyed helping people and working on things together.
We have this support system at the company where if someone hits a wall, they can share their problem through a special Slack channel. We all think that there are no stupid questions.
Everyone has a slightly different skill set, and there’s no point in trying to reinvent the wheel if it is quite likely that someone has already solved this same issue in the past.
I’m into sports – quite a few of them, actually. I do kitesurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding… I also enjoy rock climbing, which is a passion that I was drawn into by some friends from here at Future Mind. I like music, too.
My mum played the piano, so you could say it’s in my veins! Myself, I used to play drums. I’m a real programmer, so I play games, too. Board games, computer games, console games – you could say I’m game for all of them!
Snowboarding is Jakub go-to sport in winter
I have a dog that could be called the family pet. He used to belong to my sister, but she couldn't take him with her when she moved to Japan, so now he’s with me. And we have a lot of fun together!
I absolutely loved Tokyo! I went there to visit my sister and had a great time. The highlight of the trip was when her husband and I went to Fuji-Q Highland – a theme park with a roller coaster that holds the Guinness record for the number of barrel rolls it involves!
And the path down which you slide is not everything, because the seats themselves keep turning in different directions as well. As you might have guessed by now, I’m a huge fan of roller coasters – and the one in Tokyo was unforgettable.
My girlfriend is from Hong Kong, so I definitely want to visit her country. And when we get there, we will probably travel extensively around Asia. We definitely want to see Thailand and Vietnam, and more, but we don’t know the details yet – we’ll just go with the flow!
Old fashioned. Do you want to know why? It’s what the characters in one of my favorite TV series, Mad Men, would drink.
One time, I was at a bar and I decided to finally find out how it tasted – and I got hooked! It’s been my favorite ever since.
I’d like to meet Gandhi and try to annoy him a little – I wonder if he’d be as peaceful as they say he is! And Rodney Mullen seems like such a chill guy as well. I’m sure we’d have a lot of fun together.
We’re really happy that Jakub decided to join Future Mind – it’s been great having him on board! If you have any questions or want to get to know Jakub or one of his colleagues from the Android team, we can put you in touch. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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