Hi, I'm Katie. Thank you for visiting my internet home. I'm a front-end developer at Buffer where I spend my days in React, Backbone and sometimes our PHP backend. I get excited about building a product that delights our users and working with some of the best folks on the interwebs!
Previously I was part of the awesome dev team at Cape Town startup LekkeSlaap.co.za and its English sister site, Travelground.com, where I worked on the full stack from SQL, PHP to the frontend. Before that I started a small digital agency, Dune8 where I built everything from a full Rails CMS to a custom WordPress site.
These are bigger personal projects I've worked to play around with new technologies and build fun stuff (that is hopefully also sometimes useful!)
Before joining Lekkeslaap full time, I ran my own small digital agency, Dune8.com where I built websites for clients. I also designed the sites and helped with content strategy to communicate what each client's business offered in a clear and engaging way to the user. This experience taught me so much about communicating with clients, managing projects and timelines and how to use the right tool for the job, from a custom WordPress project to building out a full-stack Rails CMS.
My undergrad was in Philosophy and Economics, because I am quite curious and I wanted to know the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything! I then did an MSc in Managerial Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), which was really interesting to me because I love how good management practices have the power to encourage and develop people to be truly fulfilled and reach their potential (and even grow into new areas). The corporate life wasn't for me though, and after graduating I did a u-turn to pursue my own definition of happiness and success and taught myself to code (which I love!). I also like languages and am teaching myself German at the moment.
What I love about being a developer is being able to build useful tools that make people's lives easier, and how the industry is so fast-paced that I'm always learning new things and being exposed to different challenges. My motto is "work hard and be nice to people". A good flat white, exploring new places, skiing and my family rock my world.