The Ulf way of doing hackathons

[pronounced: Ʊlf] Gather a bunch of smart engineers - put them in an isolated room for 48 hours - sprinkle with some clever ideas - then have them code until they’re exhausted... this is known as the 'textbook' way of doing vanilla hackathons. Then there’s the 'Ulf' way…

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Demystifying product interviews

TransferWise engineering interview process consists of several steps which can be broadly outlined as following: Screening One or two technical interviews Product interview VP engineering and Founder interview The third step in the process - product interview is somewhat unorthodox and may leave some candidates puzzled and struggling. To make

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Blameless postmortems

We don’t know yet how to build the perfect money transfer service, but one thing we know is how to screw up! What’s a screw up at TransferWise? There are plenty of variants. The most obvious one is introducing a bug in production that requires an emergency release.

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid to switch teams

At TransferWise we always aim for the best for our customers. To achieve world class results, good looks are not enough—you have to be the best from the inside out. That is the reason we are constantly looking to improve how we work, think, act, and treat our fellow

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What’s left to do?

When a company already has a working product and many happy users, it’s usually difficult for outsiders to understand why they are hiring more people. What’s left to do? I often ask such a question to candidates during interviews, in a slightly provocative way to see how they

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