Frontend Engineer Artem Trofimov (27) was born and raised in Ukraine. He moved to the Netherlands in January of this year and joined #Govin as a #frontend developer. Artem graduated from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University in 2017. While attending university, he also began working as a frontend developer for a number of Ukrainian software development companies. In July 2019, he joined the Australia-based software development company #Platinum Engineering, a venture capital syndicate of over 250 angels and investors and an incubator for web3 software development companies. He worked at Platinum Engineering for over 3 years and gained a lot of experience which he is now putting to good use at Govin.
How did you become a frontend developer? Was it a coincidence or a conscious choice?
“I have always wanted to be a software developer, but it was a difficult journey to find the programming language and environment that really suited me. I opted for frontend development because I like the visualisation of what I’m doing and HTML, CSS, and JS provide that. I also like UI/UX related stuff, so frontend is the right place for me to cover all the things that I like.”
Can you tell us a bit about your previous experience in the field?
“Premium Engineering, the company that I worked for before joining Govin, developed a crypto platform for which I helped create a large number of web3 applications mostly on VUE. In addition, I was head of the team that developed a mobile crypto wallet application. It was a challenging and ambitious project, but also interesting because every day I learned new things in various fields. I guess it’s exactly when you’re working on a project like this that you are able to grow faster and develop new skills.”
What was your first impression when you heard about Govin?
“At first, I thought that Govin was some sort of boring government-related company, but I quickly changed my mind when I found out that it had nothing to do with ‘government’ and everything to do with governance. Once I realised that Govin was actually an innovative SaaS solution designed to help VCs, Founders, and Board Members deal with burdensome and complicated corporate governance issues, I was really eager to get to know the company better. What I like about Govin is that they have created a product that makes the customer’s work and life easier. It contains some powerful tools, and, at the same time, it has a nice well-thought-out design. And then, of course, after I met the team, I became even more enthusiastic about the company.”
What are your top priorities for your first few months on the job?
“My number one priority was to gain an in-depth understanding of the product, the second one is to become part of the team so I can make a meaningful and valuable contribution to the company as a frontend developer.”
How do you think your skills and experience will help us to better serve our clients and users?
“With my skills and experience, I should be able to develop a good and clean code that will embody a product according to the design and ideas. In addition, I would like to facilitate the use of our services by incorporating the best practices in UI/UX. I am keen on keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in my field so I hope I can continue to contribute to Govin’s success by implementing the newest innovations in frontend development.”
What are your favourite tools and resources that you like to work with?
“My favourite tool is a MacBook because I think, for developers, no one has made a better touchpad and ecosystem that helps you to easily navigate between different workspaces that you need to change every minute. As far as resources are concerned, I guess it would be Stack Overflow which has answers to almost all questions.”
And now for my last question: What do you think is the most important factor in creating a happy team of colleagues?
“Definitely good communication between the team members. Everyone should understand each other, and every voice must be heard and that’s exactly what I feel here in Govin.”