The tale of how Siavash found Tictail is one of our most beloved stories - I get excited when opportunities to tell it arises. However, it is time to focus on the second part of the story: How crucial Siavash has been to the success of Tictail and how his new role will aid us in our future endeavours.
All startups begin in a kitchen. Tictail is no different. During our kitchen-phase and up until Siavash came into the picture I was the only developer in the mix. There where a couple of other engineers contributing to the cause, but none of them gave their vows. I held the title of CTO at the time, however with an engineering department consisting of, well, me, such a role is not worn with pride. Last November I therefore decided to remove it completely.
When Siavash decided to become a part of Tictail it meant a great deal of things; our pace would increase, our vision would improve and our architecture could be shaped via dicussions between two developers rather than one schizophrenic dialogue. Since his first day at the office I cannot overstate the impact Siavash has had on the company as well as the code.
Quickly we became great friends and decided on an engineering vision which enabled us to write great code in parallel. The highlight of most days for me are when we discuss complicated issues and collaboratively find elegant solutions to them. We have established an engineering culture which we are both proud of and look forward to improve further with others.
On that note; Tictail is growing, especially on the engineering side of the company. Although we strive to have a minimal hierarchy in our organization we decided it is necessary to appoint a more formal CTO. I am proud to announce that Siavash is our unanimous choice. I look forward to spend more time behind Vim while watching Siavash grow into his new suit. I am confident that he will excel and continue to push the boundaries of what we all thought would be possible when we where sitting around our kitchen table.
Join me next Friday (March 9th) at our office to celebrate Siavash appropriately with beer and cheers.
/ Birk for Tictail