Get to know another fairowner: Kaarel Visnapuu, our Software Engineer! Kaarel joined our team, because he wanted to work at a start-up and loved Fairown’s mission of building a more sustainable future. As the first developer who started working on our renewal service, Kaarel has enjoyed every moment of that journey.
Kaarel is working remotely from Sweden, so we wanted to know how he ended up there and what he loves to do when visiting Estonia. Continue reading and find out for yourself!
Tell us about your professional background.
After studying software and database administration, I started my professional career at Bigbank as a Quality Assurance Specialist. A few years later, I decided to move into software engineering and worked on projects from public webpages to partner systems and backend applications. After that I joined Fairown to further my skills.
Why did you choose Fairown, what stood out for you?
I have always envisioned working at a start up. The more I learned about Fairown, the clearer it became that Fairown’s mission suits me. Another big reason was the possibility to grow professionally and become a better developer, learning from all the amazing people who work here.
You are based in Sweden. How did you end up there?
A couple of years ago, my girlfriend got a chance to intern at a Swedish folk school as a teacher. As we managed to find a nice little house here in Karlskrona, I decided to take a leap and join her.
Do you see yourself coming back to Estonia?
At the moment, I don't see myself moving back to Estonia. I still have so much to discover in Sweden, including learning a new language. Also, when visiting Estonia, I have a totally different mindset compared to that of when I lived there.
When visiting Estonia, what are the three things you must do?
Visiting Estonia is more about people rather than the destination. So, here is my top 3:
visiting my parents in Tartu and enjoying quality time with my family;
getting together with friends and having exciting discussions. Some of my friends also happen to be my colleagues;
enjoying our awesome team-building events.
You were the first developer who started working on our renewal service. What was that like?
Developing a renewal service has been an amazing journey, from the first meeting about the ideal renewal process to the successful live release. Deciding what we want our applications to be like and how they should work with each other has been an interesting challenge. I have enjoyed every moment of it. It has been exactly what I hoped I would be doing as a developer.
What drives and inspires you the most in your daily work?
What drives me the most is that I believe in what we are building. As software engineering and solving challenges is something I really enjoy anyway, then just starting a working day is motivating in itself.
Name some fun facts that we can’t find on your CV or social profile.
I am interested in cars and follow motorsports like WRC. In summertime, I enjoy swimming and boating with friends.
Where do you see yourself and Fairown in a couple of years?
In a couple of years, I would love to see Fairown on the Estonian Wall of Fame.
I would like to become a Senior Software Developer and build even better systems to solve all the upcoming challenges.