Hello, I’m Kristof, a human being like you, and an easy to work with, friendly guy.
I've been a programmer, a consultant, CIO in startups, head of software development in government, and built two software companies.
Some days I’m coding Golang in the guts of a system and other days I'm wearing a suit to help clients with their devops practices.
Well, since you asked... :-)
First of all, I'm a software architect. I've been programming computers since I was 7 years old – and I still find joy in it!
Some say you can learn all about a person from his environment; if that's so, you can look at all my personal dotfiles here. 😀
I've been practicing Iaido, the japanese art of samurai sword handling since 2014. The closest thing to an actual ninja that you can have on your team! 🥷
I'm an amateur GO player. I like that in this sport you sketch out strategies with a rough framework first, and then fill out with details progressively, in steps. Kind of like software...
I'm an aspiring haiku poet. I like things that are simple, small and effective. Interestingly, it often takes a surprising amount of effort to make something simpler – but it's usually worth it.
I got interested in financial markets and options trading when I was working on stock trading systems in Vienna during the dotcom era, and it's still one of my favorite industries to work for.
I try to find time to meditate every day. (This one is not going very well actually.) I believe that it's hard to grow if you don't have enough time to reflect on what you know and what you need to learn. Also, a little training in concentration is a big help in one's professional life!
I used to compete in off-road navigation races with my brother. There I learned that an oblique approach works better against problems with too many unknowns, and that even the most elaborate plans often change.
And some more irrelevant things:
|Myers-Briggs:||INTJ, a rational strategist.|
|DISC profile:||High D&C: efficiency, self-motivation, accuracy and sensitivity.|
|AD&D alignment:||Chaotic Good: combines a good heart with a free spirit.|
|Favourite cities:||Budapest, Vienna, Bangkok, Istanbul, London|
|To do before I die:||See my list|
|Printed magazines:||Economist, 1843 Magazine|
|Sports:||Iaido, and each day a (modified) 5BX|
|Smoke:||The occasional hookah or cigar with friends.|
|Drink:||Socially, with friends. A lover of fine wines, especially Pinot Noir.|
|Spiritual practice:||Mindfulness meditation|
|Favorite books:||Neuromancer, Cryptonomicon, Ender's Game, The Mythical Man-Month|
|Favorite music:||Thievery Corporation, US3, New Model Army|
|Favorite movies:||Ronin, Hero, K-Pax|
|Favorite TV series:||Stargate, House, M.D., Battlestar Galactica|
|Occupation:||Software Architect and DevOps consultant. (CV)|