Meet Tobi, our computer savvy!

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Jun 25 · 6 min read

This week for savedroid’s Meet the Team we have Tobias, one of our founders and CTO at savedroid. He is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in software development and agile team leadership. In his free time he takes part in triathlons and writes for various magazines and blogs.

Hi Tobi!

  • How did you guys come up with the idea of savedroid?
  • We actually didn’t do it ourselves. We created 8 different ideas for applications helping people to save money and then tested these in various focus groups with potential users of the application. At some point one of the groups actually came up with the final idea of savedroid with Wishes and Smooves, and we’ve decided to go for that after this initial user feedback.
  • How about the name “savedroid”, did it also emerge from focus groups?
  • There was a lot of brainstorming about it. We wanted to have a name with a clear link to technology and some automatic part in it. There have been ideas consisting of “bot”, then we went into the direction of “droid”. Whether a particular domain is available was also an important factor for us while choosing a name. It also had to have a connection to finance, like saving and piggy bank.
  • What were you doing before savedroid?
  • I was a CTO of an ecommerce company, basically we were building online shops.
  • If you hadn’t found savedroid, what do you think you would do?
  • As it was on purpose to found a new company, I would have probably committed to some other startup with a different team. I definitely wanted to create a B2C product, which motivated me always more in my career, than working on some B2B projects.
  • To start your own company — was it always a dream of yours?
  • I actually started my very first legal company when I was 12 years old. It was never actually a dream, it was more of a natural journey towards entrepreneurship. I was also freelancing for some time, which is some kind of entrepreneurship too
  • If you were a superhero, what superpower would you like to have and why?
  • Stopping time. And why — because I don’t have enough time to do everything I’d like to do. On the personal ground and professional as well. I’d have probably many more hobbies and startup projects *laughs*.
  • What is your favorite thing or things about yourself?
  • It’s quite weird to answer that for myself. I never actually thought about it *laughs*. I’m quite disciplined.. Yes, that would be it.
  • Is there anybody who inspires you?
  • I never had one role model, there are a lot of people that inspire me on a daily basis, Elon Mask for example. I look at other people but at the end of the day it’s important to be yourself, to do what YOU really like and not just follow the steps of others.
  • If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?
  • Excel, because again there you can build a lot of stuff, what I like. Actually, you can do a lot of crazy things there, I’ve seen once a roller coaster coded in Excel.
  • What is one thing without which you cannot survive?
  • I think there is no such a thing. We had a survival training, I didn’t have my computer and phone, and it went pretty well. Maybe Lila *laughs*.
  • How many times a day do you check your phone?
  • Too often! It’s some kind of an addiction. I found that out 5 to 10 years ago when we didn’t have EU roaming. I was travelling a lot at that time and I had discovered that I was checking my phone every 3–4 minutes, and it really takes up to a few days to fully get rid of this habit. Usually when I’m at home, I’m switching on the flight mode.
  • In our team we have four lovely dogs, from those one is yours — Lila. How dogs influence the working environment in the office?
  • Firstly, it’s important for me personally to be able to bring Lila with me. That was one of the first conditions I had when I met Yassin, I said “Hey, I have a dog and we can only found a company together if I can bring my dog with me”, so he had no choice *laughs*. I enjoy being together with my dog and I think it’s also important that the dog is not alone at home 8/9 hours. When it comes to working environment, the dogs obviously release the tension. There are harsh situations in every company, so it can take out frustration and stress, it’s better to play with the dog, relax a little, and let the heat pass.
  • Do you have any hobbies? savedroid team knows them but let’s share it with our readers.
  • I have a dog, I’m married, and I have a 1-year-old daughter. These are a lot of hobbies already. Beside that, I take part in triathlons. I like running and a lot of sport in general. But most of my time is my wife, daughter, dog and work.
  • Is IT industry a passion of yours?
  • Yes — definitely. I got my first computer when I was 6 years old. I also never questioned what I wanted to do later in my life, it was a natural turn of events. I was only in elementary school when I coded the first computer game. That is my life and my dream job at the same time.
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • Neither, nor. I’m actually quite flexible on that. I have tried both types and I think it’s more about the routine and sticking to it.
  • What motivates you to work?
  • My main motivation to work is to help people. That was also the reason why I founded this company. Because as I said before, I was a CTO of an ecommerce company and it was more building B2B shops, there you don’t have so many users. I wanted to have something with a lot of users and I wanted to create some relevance for them. Feedback from users motivates me a lot, no matter whether it’s positive or negative. You can always change something and improve the product. Companies all the time are implementing improvements on the basis of for example user experience and usability tests.
  • What tip or tips would you give to somebody who’d like to invest in crypto?
  • Don’t get scammed!
  • How many coffees do you drink per day?
  • A lot, 5–6.
  • What’s the most important thing in your life right now?
  • Right now — my daughter. She is now 1 year and 2 months old. I was already expecting a lot of fun but it’s actually even better.
  • Most challenging part of your job?
  • Making sure that everything works properly. There is a lot of stuff happening. I’m doing basically multitasking here on a daily basis. I’m getting at least 150 e-mails per day, apart from other CTO responsibilities. I need to make sure that I read and understand everything, and then at the end decide what is the most important thing to do now. I could work 40h per day and still I wouldn’t be able to do everything I want to do. At some point in life, you need to master the art of prioritizing.
  • Do you actually prefer multitasking or if you had a choice, would you drop it?
  • If I had a choice, I’d prefer to focus on one thing because only then you can be 100% effective and efficient. But, I don’t have that luxury.
  • Well, thank you so much for your time!
  • Thank you, cheers!

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It takes people of all makeups to create apps that reshape experiences, and boost you to reach your goals. That’s why we mix data, intuition, and passion. We’re some of the best at what we do. And want you to be too. These are stories from our team.