Goodbye to the code monkey

A few reflections on improving bad professional habits from our resident Navid Samandari of Rise Digital: “I’ve been an entrepreneur for a long time, and I used to code 80 hours a week. After spending quite a few years like that I discovered how the quality of my work dropped. I had forgot to zoom out and … Continue reading Goodbye to the code monkey

A few reflections on improving bad professional habits from our resident Navid Samandari of Rise Digital:

“I’ve been an entrepreneur for a long time, and I used to code 80 hours a week. After spending quite a few years like that I discovered how the quality of my work dropped. I had forgot to zoom out and look critically on my approach to problem solving. Together with two co-founders I was developing a digital shopping platform, but we did not reach our desired goals. Running the code monkey strategy gets you nowhere. It’s about focusing, not just the number of hours you put in.

When we started Rise two and a half years ago, we wanted to create a company with a different beat. We aim for a 30-hour workweek and everyone is free to do their job, wherever they please. That philosophy creates better results and better people.

Once a year we all go on a trip. Inspiration arrives, whether you set up your laptop in a café here or go to Gran Canaria, which we visited last January.

I don’t feel guilty, if I read emails, as my kids are watching the same episode of DR’s Ramasjang for the ninth time

It’s a persistent misunderstanding that a driven startup consists of employees never leaving their desks. My mind can be at work, even though I am standing at home baking bread. I prepare myself for meetings and think about whom we need to recruit next. And I don’t feel guilty, if I read emails, as my kids are watching the same episode of DR’s Ramasjang for the ninth time.

I am very concerned about the whole person, when I hire new colleagues. Some of the best programmers I know have amazing social abilities. Which brings us back to the idea of the code monkey alone in front his screen. It has become an outdated stereotype of the tech wizard kept alive by the hacker character in House Of Cards.

Our open-source culture proves that coding is a collective effort, where people find a language together, in a process as creative as making design or art.”