Junior is Sugar’s Lead Backend Engineer. He loves coding in Python and was an avid Pro Evolution Soccer gamer in his teenage years. We caught up with him to share his experiences and hear what drew him to games and fintech.
Hi Junior, can you tell the Sugar readers a bit about your background?
I have worked across multiple industries ranging from startups such as Sentiance to banks such as UBS. I’m very passionate about technology in general but particularly about AI, Cloud Computing and BlockChain. I started my career as a deep learning researcher in one of the top-3 research labs in France then transitioned to software engineering.
Are you a gamer at heart and what was the last game you played?
Oh yes, absolutely! The last games I played were PES and Super Mario.
What did you want to do when you were younger??
I knew since a very young age I wanted to be an engineer, perhaps because my dad is an engineer too. But Software Engineering was the last thing I wanted to do, I always thought I’ll do mechanical or civil engineering. But after my first coding class in university I decided Computer Science was a lot more fun.
What do you love so much about the world of finance and games?
I think it’s both a fantastic challenge and opportunity because the gaming industry is huge and ever-growing but its access to funding has always been a major issue.
What has surprised you about working in the games world so far?
I was amazed to see how creative and relentless these gaming studios are, because it’s a very competitive world and the gamers get bored very quickly and you have to keep innovating to not only stay alive but be profitable.
Do you feel like the concept of finance is well understood in the games world and why?
Not enough In my opinion. And that’s why our product Sugar Boost is much needed to provide access to debt financing to the gaming studios.
Where do you hope Sugar will be in 5 years’ time?
We want to be the go-to platform for gaming studios for all their financing needs. But I can see our platform expanding very well to other sectors and particularly e-commerce.
What’s your work ethos and routine like?
“How you do anything is how you do everything” is my motto in my personal and professional life. So I thrive for excellence in the little things and it becomes much easier to do the same for harder ones.
You have worked in technology most of your career, what are the best learnings from your experience?
One of my biggest learnings is the difference between active and passive thinking, and the fact that taking action and moving fast compounds really well.
This quote from Fred Brooks (Turing Award 2000) summarises this point really well: “How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.”
What do you do when you’re not working?
I enjoy music, reading, cooking, hiking and football so it will probably be one of these.
How do you keep healthy?
Keeping healthy is very important to me and I do that through working out and a meticulous diet which is really plants and fruits heavy.
What’s your new year’s resolution?
My biggest 2021 resolution is to read the Bible every single day this year without fail and things are looking good so far.
If you could go on holiday now (dare to dream!) – where would you go?
I’m fascinated about nature, culture, and ancient civilisations so it would probably be South America, China, East Africa or Scandinavia.
We hope you enjoyed hearing a little a bit more about Junior, Sugar’s ethos and why he is so excited about the future. Keep an eye out for more blog posts following Junior’s journey with Sugar!