FinTech Futures Jobs: Is the era of “move fast and break things” over?
How do you define success in tech? Profitability? A good company culture that helps retain top talent? Constant innovation?
While many founders and entrepreneurs have lived by Mark Zuckerberg’s now famous “move fast and break things” motto, a new way of thinking, one that focuses on nurturing and mending, is infiltrating the tech space.
So says Alexandar Vassilev, CEO of WeTransfer, who recently sat down at the Dublin Tech Summit to share his insights about building a sustainable business model based on long-term growth instead of short-term gains.
“What we’ve seen in the past is that if you built a company or a business model that is not sustainable, at some point, you have to betray that trust. And I think it’s really important for users to know that the company that they rely on is sustainable. That it’s predictable to a certain extent.
“From a company perspective, it allows us to be that force for good, if you will, that has long-term thinking. You can leverage that trust and leverage that position that you have with your user base.”
Despite the recent spate of tech layoffs dominating the headlines since the latter part of 2022—just over 216,910 tech workers have been let go globally so far this year, according to Layoffs.fyi—the industry as a whole is still in robust health. And those who are in the market for a new job are looking towards companies that not only offer career progression, but do so in a meaningful way.
Mending and nurturing
In fact, younger cohorts (Gen Z in particular) are seeking out companies that offer connection and mentorship along with opportunities to innovate. According to a recent report by Deloitte Digital, Gen Z also wants empathy from their bosses and to have their voices heard.
“I think the way that the company treats its employees, the way the company builds the culture and the way the company builds the business model, it’s a really good indicator to a certain extent,” Vassilev observes.
“As a company, you want employees that are bought into your mission. You want employees who care about the problems they solve, but also care how they solve them, because they also want to feel that there’s meaning to what they do. And I think that’s another angle that helps to kind of predict the stability that perhaps the company has.”
He adds: “For me, it’s about, can we prove consistently that the culture of mending and nurturing is actually going to be as successful in the long term, even more than some of these outrageous bets we’ve made to move fast and break things.
“And I venture to say that, on aggregate, more companies will be successful with mending and nurturing than there will be moving fast and breaking things. But we’re here to prove it. And time will tell.”
Ready to make your move to a company that offers more than just a competitive salary? The FinTech Futures Job Board features thousands of jobs at companies that are on a mission to mend and nurture, like the three below.
iOS Engineer, Starling Bank, Manchester
Starling offers a flat working structure and above all values engineers who care about customers, care about the code they are writing and care about the contributions they are making.
As an iOS Engineer, you will work closely with other mobile engineers with a variety of experience levels and interests to design, build and release new screens every day.
You will be required to take full ownership of everything around you, from building the code to shipping and maintaining it, to sharing knowledge with your colleagues and making sure all processes are efficient and productive to deliver the best possible results for customers.
Senior Machine Learning Scientist, Monzo, London
Monzo says its culture is open and focused on collaboration between functions and individuals, and it places huge emphasis on feedback and personal growth and development.
The digital bank is looking for a Senior Machine Learning Scientist to work with product managers, data scientists, backend engineers, designers and researchers to champion the use of data and machine learning techniques and bring ideas to life through rigorous experimentation and A/B testing.
Senior Backend Engineer – Customer Security, Coalition, London
Coalition’s founding values include humility, responsibility, purpose, authenticity and inclusion.
As a Senior Backend Engineer, you will be working across multiple software development projects that can range from APIs to scraping and ETL workflows. Your primary focus will be the development of server-side logic, ensuring high performance and receptiveness across the platform.
Working as part of a remote team, you will also have a lot of autonomy and ownership over your work.
For hundreds more opportunities across fintech, visit the FinTech Futures Job Board today.