Careers at ctrlio

Join one of the Forbes 'Top 5 To Watch' start ups in 2018. ctrlio is growing and we're looking for outstanding individuals to join our friendly and talented team. We're on a mission to transform the way consumers and brands engage digitally, enabling the intention economy by turning online listings into market places.

Why ctrlio? Huge growth opportunity with a positive purpose, great advisory panel bringing their experiences from McKinsey, Skyscanner and the ODI, plus Peter Gabriel is a strategic investor. Top mentors: Laurence John (CEO) and Dominic Strowbridge (CPO), central London location and many other worthwhile benefits.

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Meet the team: Amina Layco

This is the first in a series of posts in which our CEO, Laurence John, introduces some of the team behind ctrlio. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Laurence caught up with Amina Layco, one of ctrlio’s female developers:

Amina Layco

Born in Argentina, Amina Layco has over 5 years experience in software development in both Argentina and the US. After studying software engineering and development in the Universidad Austral of Buenos Aires she went on to develop her skills within organisations including BumpyCrowd, a startup that was focused on preventing bullying in schools. Amina told me “I’ve always been interested in building innovative products that make a difference while providing a great user experience across multiple platforms.”

When I asked why she decided to become a software developer Amina said she enjoys building things from scratch, even though programming can also be very challenging: "The best part is constantly learning new skills and getting to see a product launch.”

Since joining us in January 2016 Amina has been a part of our core development team. “There’s a very open environment [at ctrlio] that allows us to work together and fix problems with shared knowledge. Nobody has all the answers and all opinions are heard, which is refreshing.” Amina runs the company’s development sprints, a strategic part of how we bring product to market and therefore the business overall.

When it comes to the future, Amina is growing her knowledge by learning new programming languages including Python as well as learning new skills such as agile project management.

Sam Adams

This is the second in a series of posts in which our CEO, Laurence John, introduces some of the team behind ctrlio. Today he catches up with Sam Adams, lead developer at ctrlio:

Sam Adams

Since joining ctrlio mid last year, Sam has been helping us expand beyond mobile into broadband and also insurance. Having studied Psychology at the University of Sussex, Sam has been involved in software development for over 10 years and prior to ctrlio he was part of the developer team at TagMan, a customer data platform that tracks web site visitors and which was acquired by San Jose based Ensighten in 2014. Joining ctrlio builds on Sam’s previous experience, providing lots of opportunity to continue growing both his developer skills as well as management experience.

“I did software testing to earn money when I was at University and I also taught myself how to code from reading a book, which led to my own blog and later on a job in London as a PHP Developer.” Sam has extensive experience with JavaScript, test and monitoring as well as agile development. “The team at ctrlio is very passionate, from very different backgrounds and parts of the world which makes it a very unique and inclusive place to be and a great environment to learn from as well as make things happen.”

When it comes to the future, Sam believes that his role is very much to continue to ‘fill the gaps’ and ensure that the right processes are in place e.g. on call rotas as well as a focus on quality so that ctrlio continues to deliver on its customer commitments. “What we develop has to be buildable for the long term and what’s really refreshing is that the senior team share what the wider scope is for the business and are open to suggestions if we have a better idea, for example of how to do something. It means that you really feel like you’re part of the company’s future success and that what you do matters.”

Donna Nugent

Our CEO, Laurence John, continues introducing the team behind ctrlio in this third interview post with product manager Donna Nugent:

Donna Nugent

Having recently joined ctrlio as product manager, Donna brings to our team extensive experience as well as added insight from different industries including insurance and media. For over eight years she worked on product management at Direct Line Group overseeing the day to day performance of car insurance products, covering pricing decisions and marketing as well as general management before implementing a larger scale project aimed at transitioning the business to a new customer platform. She also worked on launching the new telematics programme which has since become a standard product within the Company. “I was very excited to be a part of the management team behind such a strategic initiative,” she told me. More recently Donna went on to the role of product manager at the Telegraph Media Group which included identifying and implementing strategic opportunities to grow the business.

After leaving the Telegraph, Donna, who has a degree in business studies from Edinburgh University, decided to put her knowledge and skills towards helping build and develop new products at ctrlio. She told me she enjoys being at the start of the process, watching company’s grow and being part of that growth. “I’m also interested in disruptive trends and how ctrlio, for example, is enabling brands to know when someone is looking to buy something and can respond with a great offer.”

When I ask Donna what the three main reasons that someone should join ctrlio are, she mentions the team, the challenges and the potential to deliver something different and interesting, in both the shorter and longer term. “Over the next five years we aim to build up our product portfolio and also our team to expand into other areas, for example, car insurance. With this we’ll be exploring new opportunities that will ultimately contribute to the business and its growth, and that’s really exciting.”