In our third CF:G Ones to Watch 2014 profile, we hear from Maxim Craner, iOS Developer at Swiftkey; check out Swiftkey’s blog for an indepth post on her career path.
You can find Maxim on twitter: @mennenia.
Can you briefly describe your journey into tech?
I was five when my family brought home a computer. Immediately, I could not be parted with it. Soon, I was the one maintaining the machine and by 11 I was on the internet, coding and designing websites. Throughout high school I didn’t meet anyone else around me who cared about any of this, but my interest in Computing was so strong, I had to learn more.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My mum. Having quit work to raise me and my brother when we were younger, she didn't hesitate to start her own business when I was 11. Nothing seems impossible to her and her fearless attitude towards life is my biggest inspiration.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
By far the moment I decided to quit an unfulfilling job to teach myself iOS development. With no safety net, it was daunting at the time but led to truly fantastic experiences. I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't gone for it.
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
Nothing is like you'll expect it to be, and that's ok. Go with it. You'll be continuously surprised by what life will throw at you, but that's a good thing. If something isn't working for you, don't do it and move on.
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