Senior JavaScript Developer at StoryShare: Alex Georgiou

By Phoebe Barker

This week I sat down with Alex Georgiou, a Senior JavaScript Developer working at StoryShare. Day-to-day he is a vital part of the building of StoryShare’s SaaS learning and communication platform, enabling employees to love their work with its consumer feel technology. On the rare occasions he’s not coding, he’s building elsewhere; working on the renovation of a flat in London.

What do you enjoy most about your role as a JavaScript Developer?

I really love my work, which is why I am so keen to build platforms which enable employees across the globe to love their work too. From a personal perspective, everyday I am gifted with the unique opportunity to collaborate with remarkable and intelligent people.

Professionally, I am given endless opportunities to learn; working in a fast, dynamic and challenging environment keeps things interesting. I believe all developers should have a hunger for learning, curiosity is key to success in this job.

Can you tell us a little bit about your work?

I write the code that builds a mixture of exciting new software applications including the employee engagement app Connect, and the gamified learning app Learn.

My day starts with a strong coffee and a daily standup with the rest of the engineering team at StoryShare. Stand-ups are the best way to get you ready for the day, keep on track and get motivated for what’s to come.

Coding makes up the majority of my job role but I’m also here for the dev team should they have any questions or concerns. I like to see this part of my job as one where I sweep in and save the day, but it’s not quite like that. When someone is facing a coding-related challenge, I help them find a solution without directly giving them the answer. Spoon-feeding isn’t my style- this way they come to understand the issue and solve the problem themselves.

How did you end up working in engineering?

I’ve always worked closely with computers in some way. I find the complex processes around technology fascinating and extremely engaging. I attended classes which taught me the basics of software coding and then continued to teach myself online. There are some incredible resources out there if you look.

Why is your role important?

You have a responsibility and ownership for building software which will potentially be bought and used by many customers across the globe. With our StoryShare platform, there is potential to shape and impact how people work and live their lives.

What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Take the risks earlier and don’t be afraid of the consequences.

Why would a developer be interested in StoryShare?

Whereas other companies have set frameworks they write code with, StoryShare really cares about their tech stack and keeps up with what’s hot. We’re encouraged to use new and popular technologies, rather than sticking in a comfort zone. This also means that no matter what age or ability, there is always space to learn.

About StoryShare

StoryShare exists so employees can love their work.

StoryShare is a SaaS Communication and Learning Experience Platform optimised for mobile. The Platform delivers “Netflix style” communication and learning experiences to improve employee engagement and better equip people to do their jobs. The service can reach any employee, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

StoryShare is deployed at leading brands including Unilever, Accenture, Covestro, Renault and Upfield.