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Meet the team | Martijn

Lead Front-end Web Developer

Today we have the chance to chat with Martijn, the very first developer to ever work on our platform! Some time has passed since those early days and Martijn has grown into our Lead Front-end Developer (and prized hand model for our FashionTrade photoshoots). He is focused on building the best user interface and user experience for our customers, using the React JavaScript framework. But this eclectic Dutchman also enjoys being involved in project management and graphic design discussions. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and cat, but he is also experimenting with Aquaponics, the art of automated plant growing using Arduino.

Annemieke, Martijn, Bas, from fashionTrade
From left to Right, Annemieke (head of Operations), Martijn and Bas (Product Manager)

So Martijn! What did you do before joining fashionTrade?

I used to work as a freelance front-end web developer and Scrum master. I have worked on many different projects for various companies including KLM, Ziggo or The Dutch National Bank. I also have extensive experience with E-commerce platforms.

Describe a regular day for you at fashionTrade.

After a pleasant bike-ride through the Vondelpark (the biggest and most beautiful park of Amsterdam) and a mug of coffee, I connect my brand new MacBook Pro to my 2 external screens – you can never have enough screens 🙂
Usually, I start by reviewing programming codes from my fellow developers that are ready to go to production. We like to put new functionalities into the hands of our customers as soon as possible, usually within hours or days after we started working on it. I really like our technical set-up, both frontend and backend. It is very modern and easy to work with.
At the moment, we are adding a digital showroom to the brand profile. This way, brands will be able to show off their collections to retailers in an appealing way. This is one of the biggest functionalities we have: it takes a longer time to build and it’s fun to figure out!
As a previous Scrum Master, I also facilitate our daily stand-ups where the development team discuss what they did the day before and what they will do today. It allows everybody to be up to date in just 15 minutes. And once every 2 weeks we share all the things we developed in a company demo session.

Tell us one thing you particularly like about fashionTrade, that you never had in your previous job(s)?

I enjoy the ‘startup feel’: there is definitely a lot of freedom to create a great product. And my view on Munt Square is not bad (as you can see below).

The view on Muntplein from Martijn's desk

What is your favourite digital tool?

It’s a tough question: there are so many! I can tell you that I use these tools all the time: Chrome, JIRA, WebStorm IDE, Sketch, Slack, OneNote and Spotify – so perhaps that answers the question best!

What is your favourite focus song?

Favourite songs come and go every week. I recently added When The Rain Falls by Mike Monday to my playlist, and it’s very relaxing!

Tell us one unexpected thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

Unless they checked my LinkedIn profile carefully, they might not know that I traveled low budget from Indonesia to Vietnam for 8 months. Since then, I still appreciate a warm shower every single day!

Do you have a favourite quote?

I’ll give you 2 of my favourites:

  • ‘You’re all a bunch of users’, by Jakob Nielsen (aka ‘the King of usability’)
  • ‘Trust me you can dance’, Vodka (Editor’s note: apply with moderation)

Finally, what is your next holiday destination?

I am not sure yet, but definitely somewhere sunny and with nice cities to explore.

Thanks Martijn for the chat! Do you want to know what it is like to work at FashionTrade? Check what we did for our Summer Party here. Or do you feel like meeting more of our team members? You can read their interviews on the blog:

And don’t forget to visit our careers page to read about our job openings

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