Hi Arif, tell us a little about your background – where are you from?
I emigrated from Bangladesh to Ireland in 2005. We set up camp in lovely Leitrim in the county town of Carrick on Shannon. I lived there up until 2021 when I moved to Dublin, where I am based now.
When did you join NoFrixion and what do you do?
I am a software developer mostly focused on .NET programming. I joined NoFrixion in October 2021 and before that, I used to work for Enterprise Ireland also as a software developer. Having worked in Enterprise Ireland I gained valuable experience in business, enterprise, and technical knowledge which was of great benefit to me for my personal growth. When I saw an open role at NoFrixion a financial technology (FinTech) company that’s developing the MoneyMoov API from the ground up with a lot of creative freedom for the developers I knew I had to go for it. During the interviews, I found out more about the company and its plan for cryptocurrency payments down the line which was a big win for me. I am very interested in the cryptocurrency space and always wanted to work with it.
How did you come to specialise in this area?
Growing up I always had an interest in technology, particularly software. This was a major influence on what I studied in college. I studied Software Development at the Institute of Technology Sligo which built the foundations and fundamentals of software programming. Most of my core learning came from work, I was very fortunate to have great mentors in the workplace that have taught me tips and tricks through the years.
How do you stay on top of developments?
Technology is moving at light speed, and it can be difficult to stay on top of it. On the bright side, the fundamentals don’t change that often. Social media can be a great place to get news on new developments. I follow some key figures in the industry, and by looking at their posts, you can have a great idea of what is coming next. Discussions with colleagues about new developments and technology that are not necessarily work-related can be another source for sharing and acquiring knowledge.
Tell us one thing people should know about you?
During a sports day at the school when I was very young, I won 75% of the sports that I competed in. I believe that having self-confidence is important when trying to achieve your goals.