Updated: Mar 24
Julian is part of the Bimdl team, working tirelessly behind the scenes, bringing Bimdl technical capabilities to life, we caught up with him to find out a bit more about him and his time at Bimdl so far.
Welcome to Bimdl, tell us a bit about yourself
Thank you. I realised quite early on that I had a natural talent for computing which led me to developing. I have now been a developer for over 30 years and have worked in a variety of industries, including PC BIOS and diagnostics, mobile phone capabilities, defence, medical devices and internet advertising. I moved from internet advertising as I wanted to use my skills to do something more focused on making a difference. The social and environmental aspect of Bimdl's proposition was the primary driver for my initial interest in Bimdl. I have known Leon, our Founder/CEO, for a few years after originally meeting him at a co-work space breakfast meeting. I joined forces with Leon fairly early on in this project and have been very much part of the process as the Bimdl product evolves.
What’s your role in the team?
I’m the main back-end developer for Bimdl, but I also administer all the computing infrastructure. Invisible most of the time doing stuff behind the scenes to make the ideas work from a technical aspect. I provide the back-end coding to enable Ricardo to build features into the platform. I am also part of the founding team and share in the vision and development of Bimdl as an organisation.
Animated Springtrap Cosplay
built by Julian using servos.
Why did you decide to join the team at Bimdl?
I have known Leon for a number of years and he contacted me early last year to help him with another project, I helped him with that for a short while and then Covid came and things went quiet for about 6 months. Leon then contacted me again in September 2020, when he was starting to think about developing Bimdl. I initially worked as a contractor and then joined full time at the end of 2020. The concept Leon was fostering was appealing, clearly a force for good and it resonated with me, utilising advanced technology to tackle social and environmental concerns. Bimdl is not just another cynical money making business but one with a social conscience and a proposition to actually act on, making a difference rather than just talking about it.
What’s been the highlight so far?
When I first met the team face to face. We all work remotely so it was several months of video calls before we actually had a face to face meeting.