Meet Conrad: Macropod Backend Dev

Conrad joined the team at the same time we were picking up our office and shifting location from the east to the west. We’re lucky he decided to move his own home to the west, to be closer to the workplace as Conrad has his finger in every one of our product development pies. Speaking of pies, Conrad is a great source of local food knowledge with a penchant for locating the spiciest and tastiest hot wings in any suburb. An asset for sure, that and his coding skills of course.

Meet Conrad …

Conrad Pankoff MacropodTell us a little about you?

My name is Conrad Pankoff, and I’m a Gemini. I like sunsets, long walks on the beach, and fried chicken. I was born and raised in Brisbane, lived overseas for a little while in my early 20’s, and have lived in Melbourne for the last few years.

How long have you been in the biz?

I’ve been writing code and otherwise bossing computers around for about nine years now. I was first interested in programming because I wanted to write my own IRC bot and be like all the cool kids! I wrote the IRC bot, but the second part didn’t end up panning out, so a fulfilling career in software development was kind of an accident.

What is your role at Macropod?

I’m one of the people working on the client-side parts of Stack, Bugherd, and various supporting systems using React and other JavaScript technologies. I also write a fair bit of go (golang) code for backend services.

What do you enjoy most about being a developer?

I get to learn about interesting stuff and solve puzzles all day! It’s basically a hobby that I get paid for. I also get to work (most of the time) with people like me.

Anything you dislike?

It’s hard to know what you’ll be doing in a few years’ time. That’s a good thing for me right now, because I like having things shaken up every now and then. I imagine it’ll be a little less fun for me later in life.

Why did you want to come at Macropod?

Macropod (at the time just called Bugherd) was working on stuff I didn’t have a lot of experience with, but that I thought I’d enjoy doing. The people at the company were (and still are) super easy for me to get along with, with similar senses of humor and attitudes towards work and life.

Grand plans for your future?

I don’t really have any long-term plans. I’m just concentrating on learning as much as I can right now, and making sure I do right by the people I work with so I can rely on them in the future!

What is your favourite industry site to surf?

I probably spend a little bit too much time reading articles I find on Hacker News. I also read a few mailing lists — specifically musl libc, libuv, and some Atmel AVR-related ones.

If you weren’t a developer what would you be?

If I weren’t writing code, I’d probably be wrenching on engines. I’m drawn to mechanical and technical things, so I think that’d be the next most likely thing for me to do.

What are you famous for?

I make pretty darned good comfort food. I’d say most people who’ve eaten my cooking would remember me for that.

Find Conrad on twitter @deoxxa to recommend your own favourite place for hot wings, or you know, talk about work stuff.

About Chanie - Chanie has been working to grow startups for more than 8 years. As one of the first hires at BugHerd, Chanie was instrumental in the companies' early success. Once the Head of Marketing for Australia's largest startup accelerator (BlueChilli), Chanie mentors and guides many small businesses through growth marketing strategy, including being back at BugHerd!

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