I am primarily focusing on blockchain and virtual currency technology and am leveraging the expertise I built in this space over the last 4 years as an investor (Kraken) and industry participant (CoinSummit).
We hired Ahmed Youssef as a Senior Software Engineer on our small team at Parlio. Ahmed was referred to me by his former CTO - I had asked him to put me in touch with the best developers he had worked with, and he recommended Youssef.
For some context. Our team was small, but we essentially built the entire product very rapidly. Youssef was working remotely with three other engineers in Cairo while the core team was in Silicon Valley.
Youssef executed very well, despite the pressures that come with working at an early-stage start-up and the distractions/overhead that can arise when working remotely. He was driven, eager to take on new challenges, and always eager to learn.
For example, as one of his first projects, we needed to rewrite our core login/signup flow. We had written our original code very scrappily to get something working, with parts running in Parse cloud code, parts in our Java backend service, and parts in our AngularJS client code. We had been delaying rewriting the code since it was so fragmented and so sensitive to the product, but Ahmed recognized this as an area we needed to fix and took initiative to fix it. His rewrite allowed us to iterate much faster on our login flow in the future, vastly cutting the time needed to add new login providers (such as Twitter) or new functionality (like verifying e-mail addresses).
In addition, Ahmed has a good sense of trade-offs. As much as he is eager to take on technical challenges, he is also able to assert himself and push back if he thinks that a particular feature might not be worth the effort or if we need to simplify our logic in the interest of time and simplicity. Over the course of our journey, he learned to balance product requirements and hone is product intuition, while also effectively building features or fixes when we needed them.
As a final note, Ahmed was a great team player, always working with his peers when necessary (whether it was learning from them or teaching them, as needed). In addition, he often took charge on communication (if there was an issue that needed discussion between the core team and the engineering team, he was more than happy to step up).
I would love to get the chance to work with Ahmed again, but I'm sure if I don't he will still go on to do great things.
$50K - $85K salary. 0.1% - 0.5% equity. Full Time, New York City.
Lights out Engineering talent. A really big thinker and even better at execution. A leader