Meet the Team at GoustoTech — Spencer MacDonald — Mobile Lead
This post is the third in our series interviewing members of our GoustoTech team. In this post we meet Spencer MacDonald who took over as our Mobile Lead in April 2017 and has since grown the team to 6 engineers.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Gousto.
Hi I’m Spencer, and I am the Mobile Lead for our 3 person iOS and 3 person Android teams at Gousto. This essentially means I provide technical leadership and line management on a day to day basis for our mobile development teams, while representing the needs of mobile amongst the tech team and the business as a whole.
How long have you been with Gousto? How many boxes a week were we selling when you joined?
I joined in April 2017 and we were selling 10000 boxes a week at the time.
Can you tell us a little about your journey until arriving at Gousto?
I was lucky enough to graduate at the same time as the iPhone SDK was released, so since leaving university I have been involved in developing mobile apps for a variety of startups in London.
What made you decide to join Gousto?
I decided to join Gousto as I believed in the product and the project of building both a great mobile team (we grew from a team of 1 to a team of 7 in just 4 months!) that was passionate about building high quality native apps.
What has been the most exciting thing you’ve worked on at Gousto since joining?
Last year the company underwent a major rebrand in a tight timeframe, so this was an exciting project to be involved in. The mobile team have also undertaken lots of under the hood changes to the apps, which often goes unnoticed at first glance by our customers, but it has made the app faster, more reliable and also improved the maintainability from a development point of view.
What are you looking forwards to most in 2018 at Gousto?
Now that the mobile team have laid down strong foundations for our apps, we have lots of ideas about how we can improve the apps and integrate them more closely with their respective platforms. Gousto as a business also has lots of exciting ideas about how to improve the core product, so it will be exciting to see these make their way into the app.
How would you describe the culture at Gousto?
The culture at Gousto is one in which everyone is encouraged to have input on how we can improve all aspects of the business, even ones outside their area of expertise.
Why would you suggest that someone considers joining us in GoustoTech?
I would suggest joining Gousto if you relish the challenge of working on something that is more than just an app or a website, working with a product that has a best before date brings a whole host of additional challenges!
Spencer Macdonald Engineering Manager / Architect — Mobile Tribe