Meet the Kambrian — Rob

Oct 2 · 3 min read
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Time to meet Rob, our Kambrian from Holland’s “bulbs region” (Bollenstreek). A Kambrian that became a Kambrian before Kambr even had a name, Rob is part of the core team that built the initial software for the company.

Where are you from?

I come from a town called Noordwijk in The Netherlands. It’s in the ‘Bollenstreek’, which roughly translated means ‘Bulbs region’, because it has lots of flower fields, and obviously houses the Keukenhof. My parent’s grew flowers (Dahlia’s) for a living, and helping them taught me to work hard, and that my passion is not growing plants for a living. Funny enough, I lately have actually started enjoying gardening more and more.

When did you first join Kambr?

I joined Kambr early 2019. It didn’t have a name at the time, and we had an interview in a local Starbucks. I guess Michael has some good writing skills because all there was, was a job listing on Indeed.

What’s your role at Kambr?

I’m part of the development team, where I help building the software, mainly on the front-end side of things.

What was your path to Kambr?

I initially started with computers when I was 8, and I liked it from the start. When I had to choose a study, I actually choose Industrial Product Design initially, because I really liked the design aspect of it. But during the course, I found out I actually lacked the passion and creativity for it.

So, in the end, I switched to Computer Science, which was, of course, a big hit. I started as an intern at a company that tracks Returnable Transport Items and worked there for about 10 years, which was a great experience and taught me a lot about the software development process. Then when I was looking for something new, Kambr was there to help me out with a great challenge.

What’s something you want your colleagues to know about you?

I can always talk about gadgets and new tech, and you can wake me up with a chocolate muffin. Also, I really like GitKraken, maybe they don’t know yet 😉.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to code on apps and/or websites because discovering new programming languages is fun. Also, I like to do Bodypump, which because of Corona really is convenient because it’s easy to do at home. Other than that, I like hiking, mountain biking and road cycling as well.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Anything but a (flower) grower, growing up I wasn’t really focused on a certain career path.

What did you study?

Computer Science at The Hague University. I learned a lot, but mainly outside of school actually.

What’s a life-changing experience you had?

I actually think it’s starting to work at Kambr. A lot changed for me, also the way I look at work and how I enjoy it. I was confronted with the fact that a fun job also has a big impact on your personal life.

Where would you love to fly to and why?

Hawaii, to go mountain biking or hiking in the beautiful nature there, and obviously go (kite)surfing.

Most memorable travel moment.

I made a trip to Japan, where I discovered the culture there is very different from the European/Dutch culture, which was interesting to see. It makes you humble to see such large cities and a very disciplined culture.

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?

I guess the minutes you read this, are the closest I have come 😉. But not really, no mention of me in a newspaper or on television, but I actually prefer it that way.

What’s your favorite aviation related film?

Catch Me If You Can, also because I don’t recall a lot of other good aviation-related movies though.

What’s your favorite book and why?

Principles, because it’s the only book I have read recently and it’s good. I think any book that helps you improve yourself, is a good book.

What is the last thing you searched on Google?

A car rental, to rent a van, I’m finally moving this weekend! 🎉

Window seat or aisle seat?

Window seat, then you get to sit in a quiet corner and sleep against the fuselage.

You can connect with Rob on LinkedIn.


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