Norman enjoying the artsy atmosphere of Singleton’s Tartu office
I am the people person at Singleton. When it comes to the people who work here as well as concerning our existing and potential clients.
We have always aimed towards creating a well-functioning team that consists of people who are different in skills and knowledge but who have the same vibe. I think we have managed that well so far and try to keep an eye on the happiness of those people every day.
I try to offer my experience and help to our tech leads and project managers when it comes to interacting with clients. So that it would always be a “win-win-win” situation at the end of the day - for the clients, the client's clients, and for Singleton as well.
Keeping an eye on the future, making plans for expanding to new markets, and having a concrete long-term plan for Singleton is also something I'm very passionate about.
This whole thing has been quite a ride actually. Looking back on the first three years then I´m really amazed and proud that we didn't give up and pulled through. We literally had nothing. No connections, no money, no recommendations...and now we are here!
We value the eagerness to learn, the courage to take responsibility, and to step a little out of your comfort zone every day. Be who you are but challenge yourself.
Potential candidates who fail at applying for a position at Singleton are always the ones who try to be someone they are really not - whether as a person or in their professional capacity. But it always comes out eventually so there's no point.
All of us at Singleton have a certain “twist” but in a good way. We vibe well together and keeping that going is essential. So the best candidates can be very versatile but have to connect with that Singleton vibe.
We always wanted to build a company that we ourselves would want to work at. A company where everything can be said out loud and honestly. A company that consists of people who are interesting to talk to on subjects other than software development as well.
Right now we have succeeded in that and it is the most important thing to keep going while we grow.
We have ambitious growth plans and dreams but we try to keep in mind the original idea and vibe of Singleton. And that's not just for the next 5 years.
Norman and the other vibrant Singleton people planning for the future and discussing ideas
Luckily in Estonia, we have four seasons and I have managed to find a captivating hobby for all of them.
During the winter months, I try to go downhill skiing as much as possible. This year unfortunately the fun was cut short due to a fall that broke my shoulder in multiple places.
Summer is for sailing. As much as possible. And occasional kite-surfing as well.
And then there is painting, playing some instruments, and doing all sorts of things outside. Actually, I have a whole list of hobbies I still want to try out: bouldering, building ship models inside of bottles, motocross... .the list is endless, to be honest.
I have two kids who I spend time with as much as possible and try to engage them in my hobbies.
The whole family wins from one hobby in particular: cooking! That is something I am very passionate about! And frankly - I'm quite good at it as well!
That's a good question. I guess success is if you manage to live a long and healthy life together with the people who are important and close to you.
And also if you manage to achieve a point in your life where you have enough time to do the things you really like: travel, sail, ski, cook, etc.
I want to build a summer cottage on the island of Saaremaa. It's a big project that takes time and resources but I'm sure it'll become a reality in the near future.
Also, a bigger sailing yacht is a true dream of mine. A kind that would easily accommodate the whole family for longer trips.
When I can combine my hobbies and my family life.
For example, going sailing with my wife and kids. Everyone who is most important to me is with me, I don't have to think about any obligations and I can do what I love - it's the best!
Norman enjoying a sunny day on his yacht with his daughter
Sometimes the best vacation is just staying at home, fixing something I've been meaning to fix for a long time, or building something with my own hands.
Other times the best vacation is when I can actively practice one of my hobbies. Like sailing on the Mediterranean.
Actually, I never think that I'd like to be someone else. I'd rather be the best version of myself. I like people who are passionate about what they do and I am that.
But if I had to pick someone then maybe I'd like to be Salvador Dali for a day. It could be quite interesting to experience the mind of someone who is able to create the kind of art that he did.
Oh...I have so-so-so many foods that I like. Some are very traditional (like tuna pasta) but I also like to experiment and try all sorts of weird things (bugs, plants, frogs - you name it).
But if I had to pick one meal that I like but that I can also imagine eating for the rest of my life then maybe a classic Caprese salad (with high-quality mozzarella of course) would be it.
I am very interested in different great discoveries. For example the discovery of the South Pole. Or the North Pole. Or the first conquering of Everest.
But what I would really like to experience first hand is the era between WWI and WWII in Europe. It is very captivating for me to imagine the cultural scene of that time - what went on, how people lived their lives, how different artists created their masterpieces etc.
I guess one day in that era wouldn't be enough to get the hang of it. Maybe a month instead?
If you would like to ask Norman about his job at Singleton or meet any of the other team members, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
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