What’s it like working at Kasna?

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Nick Freemantle

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

At my first software development job, while I finished studying at University, I was working as an intern two days a week for a relatively small company on its iOS app. The experience was absolutely incredible. I knew nothing. It felt like one of those funny accidents that you have to roll with, like when you can’t remember your cousin’s name or something.

I eventually progressed into a full-stack role where I learned heaps of things like the power of containers, that bash scripting is the sticky-tape that holds the world together, test coverage is the only thing keeping the darkness at bay, and that doing anything manually more than once is serfdom.

After working in some very established enterprises for a long period of time, I began noticing that the costs at which we were able to deliver real value to our customers were astronomical. When our features were finally in the hands of the customers, there was generally no way to measure if what we had just spent a long time developing was providing any kind of return for us – or the customers. We would then move on to the next feature and the cycle continued.

I decided then that it was time to seize a fresh new opportunity and find a company which aligned to my personal tech values. So I fluffed up my resume and shot for the friendliest sounding job title of all time: Cloud Engineer on GCP! At a trendy startup? With table tennis and exotic beers!? My resume needed some more fluffing! Alas I was accidentally hired again, and the rest is history.

Why do you love what you do?

One of the countless reasons why I love my work is the vast amount of skilled people I am constantly surrounded by. Every person I work with brings a unique way of thinking about problems, and being relatively new to the GCP game, these perspectives have been foundational to how I frame up and tackle all kinds of day to day problems.

Another part of my job that I have come to love is the unrestricted ability to grow myself. I learned very quickly that although I had all the support possible from my managers, every project I was given was an opportunity to make whatever I wanted from it. It was a complete paradigm shift, from being handed a few watered-down tasks to being trusted to drive client-engagements with my teammates.

The incredible culture that Kasna and Mantel Group cultivate is generated from a simple set of principles, which when put into practice compounds into something rather interesting – and it’s a wonder to be a part of.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

My favourite Google service would have to be GKE. Being able to deploy a new version of a service each day, as many times as I want, makes my heart sing sweet melodies! As well as decreasing the developer feedback loop – and catching errors early – it allows me to focus on what I really like doing: delivering awesome value straight into the gentle hands of the customers, all day every day.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.

Nick Freemantle

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

At my first software development job, while I finished studying at University, I was working as an intern two days a week for a relatively small company on its iOS app. The experience was absolutely incredible. I knew nothing. It felt like one of those funny accidents that you have to roll with, like when you can’t remember your cousin’s name or something.

I eventually progressed into a full-stack role where I learned heaps of things like the power of containers, that bash scripting is the sticky-tape that holds the world together, test coverage is the only thing keeping the darkness at bay, and that doing anything manually more than once is serfdom.

After working in some very established enterprises for a long period of time, I began noticing that the costs at which we were able to deliver real value to our customers were astronomical. When our features were finally in the hands of the customers, there was generally no way to measure if what we had just spent a long time developing was providing any kind of return for us – or the customers. We would then move on to the next feature and the cycle continued.

I decided then that it was time to seize a fresh new opportunity and find a company which aligned to my personal tech values. So I fluffed up my resume and shot for the friendliest sounding job title of all time: Cloud Engineer on GCP! At a trendy startup? With table tennis and exotic beers!? My resume needed some more fluffing! Alas I was accidentally hired again, and the rest is history.

Why do you love what you do?

One of the countless reasons why I love my work is the vast amount of skilled people I am constantly surrounded by. Every person I work with brings a unique way of thinking about problems, and being relatively new to the GCP game, these perspectives have been foundational to how I frame up and tackle all kinds of day to day problems.

Another part of my job that I have come to love is the unrestricted ability to grow myself. I learned very quickly that although I had all the support possible from my managers, every project I was given was an opportunity to make whatever I wanted from it. It was a complete paradigm shift, from being handed a few watered-down tasks to being trusted to drive client-engagements with my teammates.

The incredible culture that Kasna and Mantel Group cultivate is generated from a simple set of principles, which when put into practice compounds into something rather interesting – and it’s a wonder to be a part of.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

My favourite Google service would have to be GKE. Being able to deploy a new version of a service each day, as many times as I want, makes my heart sing sweet melodies! As well as decreasing the developer feedback loop – and catching errors early – it allows me to focus on what I really like doing: delivering awesome value straight into the gentle hands of the customers, all day every day.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.

Nick Freemantle

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

At my first software development job, while I finished studying at University, I was working as an intern two days a week for a relatively small company on its iOS app. The experience was absolutely incredible. I knew nothing. It felt like one of those funny accidents that you have to roll with, like when you can’t remember your cousin’s name or something.

I eventually progressed into a full-stack role where I learned heaps of things like the power of containers, that bash scripting is the sticky-tape that holds the world together, test coverage is the only thing keeping the darkness at bay, and that doing anything manually more than once is serfdom.

After working in some very established enterprises for a long period of time, I began noticing that the costs at which we were able to deliver real value to our customers were astronomical. When our features were finally in the hands of the customers, there was generally no way to measure if what we had just spent a long time developing was providing any kind of return for us – or the customers. We would then move on to the next feature and the cycle continued.

I decided then that it was time to seize a fresh new opportunity and find a company which aligned to my personal tech values. So I fluffed up my resume and shot for the friendliest sounding job title of all time: Cloud Engineer on GCP! At a trendy startup? With table tennis and exotic beers!? My resume needed some more fluffing! Alas I was accidentally hired again, and the rest is history.

Why do you love what you do?

One of the countless reasons why I love my work is the vast amount of skilled people I am constantly surrounded by. Every person I work with brings a unique way of thinking about problems, and being relatively new to the GCP game, these perspectives have been foundational to how I frame up and tackle all kinds of day to day problems.

Another part of my job that I have come to love is the unrestricted ability to grow myself. I learned very quickly that although I had all the support possible from my managers, every project I was given was an opportunity to make whatever I wanted from it. It was a complete paradigm shift, from being handed a few watered-down tasks to being trusted to drive client-engagements with my teammates.

The incredible culture that Kasna and Mantel Group cultivate is generated from a simple set of principles, which when put into practice compounds into something rather interesting – and it’s a wonder to be a part of.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

My favourite Google service would have to be GKE. Being able to deploy a new version of a service each day, as many times as I want, makes my heart sing sweet melodies! As well as decreasing the developer feedback loop – and catching errors early – it allows me to focus on what I really like doing: delivering awesome value straight into the gentle hands of the customers, all day every day.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.

Gwenny Warnick

Cloud Engineer

How did you end up in tech?

I’m a career-changer into tech, so I’ve only been here for a couple of years! Straight out of school, I studied classical double bass, and then I was a teacher and curriculum writer for years. I got sick of having to use online learning activities that weren’t best practice for learners and not having the technical skills to improve them myself, so I decided to learn how to code. After self-teaching for a while, I did a web development bootcamp then a couple of internships in cloud engineering.

Why do you love what you do?

Firstly, I’m passionate about having more women (28 times less likely than men to specialise in cloud!) and minorities in technology, because of the negative impacts of having only one type of person or perspective building the tech that surrounds all of us. For me personally, it was powerful hearing individual stories from women, trans women and non-binary people and that made me want to contribute my own experience as a woman in tech. Secondly, I love working in an industry where I can bring my whole self to work. Thirdly, I love working with smart, communicative and funny people, and at Mantel that’s how it feels every day to me.

Hit us with your favourite google service/product!

It’s not a technical answer, but G Suite is my absolute favourite Google product. Having come from an education / corporate background, I very rarely had the pleasure of using it and was constantly frustrated losing many changes in spreadsheets or trying and failing to “collaborate live” online. I love the user experience in Gmail, Google drive, Docs, Forms, Calendar and Slides in particular, and perhaps more importantly, how improvements are made with users and their feedback in mind.