Data Platform Team Lead + Britney Spears = Magic

What do you get when you mix a dash of disc golf, a pinch of memes, and a quart of SQL? You get the greatest Data Platform Team Lead, of course! This time, we are excited to invite you on a magical journey where fantasy and data collide—introducing our very own Lauri!

Data Platform Team Lead + Britney Spears = Magic
Data Platform Team Lead + Britney Spears = Magic

Bondora Superhero #32 — Lauri Koobas

👦Bondorian since June 2022

👨‍💻Role: Data Platform Team Lead 

🗄️Team: Data Platform

Lauri has a realistic life motto: ‘Disappointment is when reality doesn’t meet expectations. I’ve put a massive effort into understanding how the world functions and to continue to do so. As a result, I tend to have pretty realistic expectations, am good at accepting reality, and tend to be fairly happy because of it.’

Lauris’s journey at Bondora:

It’s been a good journey – the people are lovely, and I’m getting paid for doing something I’m somewhat good at 🙂

Lauri’s typical workday

My best moments are when I get to help someone, which works much better when I’m in the office. My typical day consists of meetings, an email or two, and working on smaller tasks. I also write down a lot of things to leave work at the office every day.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping people. I have no fear of asking ‘How are you?’ and getting an answer 💬

And what makes being a developer at Bondora awesome?

It’s always a combination of things that sums up culture. Bondora has a good one – people actually refer their friends to apply for open positions.

How did you find your way into the world of programming? What has the experience been like so far?

Oh boy… I first saw a computer🖥️ in middle school, in the late 80s, and ended up going to a high school that taught programming. I’m actually not much of a builder; I much prefer debugging and fixing something that already exists.

Best meme that sums up being a developer?

It depends…

‘I can’t start programming before I …’ 

… fix whatever is broken. Oh, wait, I thought the question was about ‘… stop programming’ 😀

What programming language is your favorite and why?

SQL, because I’m good at it ✨

What is your best life advice?

Gym membership, gym bag, and several sets of clothes so that you can always have a bag ready at the door 🏋️‍♂️👟🎒

Best cybersecurity/IT tip?

Ask for help before you do something, not after.

And now, let’s get to know Lauri even better!

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

My longest-lasting hobby has been disc golf. Other things come and go, but it’s always good to have a walk in the woods with a purpose 🚶‍♂️🌲

What are your favorite games to play?

Definitely D&D. I used to run a couple of games before Covid, but it’s been play-by-post only the last few years.

Which game have you clocked the most hours with on Steam?

All of my computer gaming happened before Steam. I put about 10 years into various MMOs.

Bacon: yay or nay? 

Both. I’ve opted out of buying pork/beef for home consumption, but my favorite hotel breakfast food is pancakes with bacon 🥞🥓

What’s your favorite TV show/podcast?

We don’t have a TV, but I watch Critical Role on Twitch every week (D&D live play) and follow a few people on YouTube. I’m really into audiobooks, though, if that counts. I’m alternating between non-fiction and fiction depending on how fresh I am.

What’s your favorite kind of music (to listen to while programming)?

Indie folk-type stuff for just drowning out the office background 🎶 But if work needs to get done now, then Britney Spears’’Work Bitch’ on a loop. It has never failed me.

Do you have any pets?

I’m a cat person, but apparently, it’s not reciprocal. Instead, I have five-year-old twins 👧👧

Lauri with his five-year-old twins.
Lauri with his five-year-old twins.

What superpower would you like to have and why?

Immortality. The world is going through insane changes right now, and I’d love to be around for a very long time to see what comes next ♾️

What’s something that you want to do but scares you?

Starting my own company.

All done! It’s been a blast to introduce Lauri to our dear readers, and we are delighted to have such a Superhero🦸‍♂️ among us. Tune in again next month to meet our 33rd Bondora Superhero!

If you’re interested in becoming the next Bondora Superhero 🦸‍♀️ head over to our Careers Page to check out our open positions.

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