Today I’m talking with Linnie Wilton – a software developer currently at iZettle. We spoke about what it’s like to be ‘one of the only female developers’ at the company – and how companies should start looking at female engineers.
Hi Linnie, tell us about yourself and your background
Hello! My name is Linnie Wilton, 34 years old, born and raised here in Stockholm. My interest and fascination with computers started at an early age, most probably a result of watching the fantastic movie War games a few too many times!
After finishing my university studies, I have had the great opportunity to work with programming in very various fields. Started as IT-trainee at Scania, where I stayed for almost three years, continued on as a consultant with assignments at companies such as SonyEricsson, Credit Suisse (London) and Bonnier among others. After five years of consulting, I moved on to iZettle, where I have been since February this year!
Apart from computers and programming, I love to spend time with family and friends, enjoying good food, occasionally going running, reading books, and having interesting conversations over a glass of wine.
Tell us how you became involved with iZettle
After a few years of consulting, I wanted to join an organization for a longer period of time, developing a product or service that I believe in and which I can be proud of. Looking around the Stockholm start-up scene, I quickly realized iZettle had all of those things I was looking for, exciting product, fast-moving start-up running in an international environment and very talented colleagues.
You are one of the only female developers at iZettle – tell us what that’s like
Unfortunately that’s what I am used to, the difference here is rather that I’m one out of 40, while at other places, the teams have been smaller and the fact that I am one of few women has not been as noticeable. But on the other hand, there are many women in other positions at the office, and since we all work very closely together, I do not feel like the odd one out.
I think everyone agrees that more female developers would be a great thing, but do you think there are reasons why we don’t see more female engineers here in Sweden? I ask because I’ve spoken to a couple of female developers who told me that they are often “pushed” into project management or communications.
I totally agree with my fellow female colleagues, it is something that has happened to me many times as well. I believe one problem is that people around often focus on my more “typical female” talents, being outgoing, organized and accurate, and letting those characteristics shadow my technical skills, instead of seeing what they bring to my way of working as a software developer. What the business needs is less prejudice and more diversity.
Back to iZettle – what do you work on and why does iZettle excite you?
At iZettle, I’m part of the backend team, handling risk and expansion issues. I am afraid I can’t go into details, but it is very exciting!!
When it comes to our product, I am especially excited about how something so complex can be packaged into something so easy-to-use and good looking! From a higher level, I find it fantastic to hear about how our customers use our product/service and how it has changed their business and lives. It is a product I am very proud to be a part of!
What does the future hold for you?
Time will tell! Right now I’m fully focused on my work at iZettle and in bringing great services to our customers!