We took 10 minutes to have a quick chat with Cronofy CTO, Gary Shutler.
What’s your role at Cronofy?
CTO, devops, lead developer, marketing, sales, etc, etc. It's a startup so I wear many hats but primarily I'm responsible for the technical side of things.
What were you doing before Cronofy?
I was lead engineer at Zopa.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
I'll be constantly keeping an eye on the system to make sure everything is running smoothly. Other than that it's a mix of development, maintenance, and helping customers, new and old.
What attracted you to work at Cronofy?
I'd known Adam Bird for years and we worked on a side project for a while. That didn't quite work out, but when he approached me to join Cronofy I jumped at the chance as we have a great rapport.
What is your ultimate dream job?
I honestly really enjoy all aspects of software development. Engaging with people and crafting solutions to their problems from nothing. I find it really rewarding.However, if I couldn't do that, I'd like to run a cafe/bar that had a microbrewery in the basement!
If the story of Cronofy was made into a film, who would play you?
Tom Hardy, just because he's an amazing actor.
Do you have a motto for life?
Software development tends to make you pessimistic, so I'd say people should look up Tucker's Law. It's a bit rude to quote here!
If you could try another profession for a day, what would it be?
I play League of Legends a bit so I'd like to be a pro for a day to understand how much they have to play to become and stay good enough.
If you’re not working where can you usually be found?
When you're an early stage startup you never stop entirely, but I'll usually be visiting family and friends, or catching up on sleep!
Every six months Cronofy organises a companywide meet up. This May, we met in Amsterdam to give our teams the chance to see our recently opened office and the sights this wonderful European capital has to offer.
Developing how your company describes and represents itself is a challenging and enlightening journey. You have to revisit long held assumptions and confront the reality of what your customers and the market value. I absolutely believe that you can only do this effectively with outside help.