Inside HerVest is a monthly feature for HerVest staff members to share interesting facts about their jobs and themselves. They share tips for surviving in their job roles and things we never thought about them. Our pioneer edition spotlights Yomi Ogunleye, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at HerVest.
Can we meet you?
I am Yomi Ogunleye. The CTO of HerVest. I lead the product and engineering team at this amazing startup!
Describe your job to a seven-year-old?
Well, you know that game app on the phone or tab you love to play with? I created it. But I didn’t do it alone.
The computer is my best friend and helped me with it. I also work with cool people at the office. We are like Teen Titans. Just that we don’t fight aliens.
The computer hangs out with us a lot and helps with our homework too! But we’ve got to teach him how to do the homework first. He is very smart but not smarter than you though.
What’s a typical work day like at HerVest?
Arrive at work. Settle in. Host the standup meeting with the team to discuss major highlights and blockers from our last meeting. Respond to pending emails. Update the Trello board with tasks that need attention. Research on ways to improve the product. Look through customer feedback and complaints and provide resolutions.
What does it feel like to lead such a pivotal team at HerVest?
It can be chaotic sometimes when things don’t work out the way you expected. But the journey has been fulfilling because of the great team I work with. We draw strength and inspiration from one another; driven by the commitment to deliver top-notch services to our customers.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?
People mostly think all “Tech bros” are antisocial and geeky — On the contrary, I have a good work-life balance. I do my best to detox and destress when necessary.
One piece of advice to anyone looking to transition into Tech?
Anyone can be in tech. In fact, everyone should leverage the opportunities available in tech to build efficiency and broaden their business/career horizons.
If you’re looking to transition into tech, my little piece of advice is to be creative and always consistent. Creativity and consistency are key elements to achieving your goals.
Network, put in the work, ask the right questions and channel your creativity to the right source.
How has HerVest impacted your money habits?
In more ways than one. Worth mentioning is the mental shift of money from physical to mental.
I now understand that my thoughts and feelings about money impact my relationship with it. Money is power but more powerful is my mind and with the financial education I get from HerVest, I am able to retrain my mind to be in charge of my money.
I also love the fact that I am ethically driven with my investments. I can fund female farmers on the platform and gain financial returns as well as create social good with my money. That’s power for me!
What’s your productivity go-to trick?
Coffee and music!
If you weren’t a software developer, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a developer, I’d be a chemical engineer. Something amazing about mixing different chemicals and elements to get a reaction 😎
One interesting fact people don’t know about you?
One fun fact about me that people are oblivious to is my love for art. I am an aspiring art collector.
What is your life philosophy?
Attempting and missing the target is better than doing nothing!
My favourite superhero has to be Iron Man — he is an inventor, has many cool toys (gadgets) and need I say he’s so rich!
It’s always an interesting conversation with you- Thank you Yomi!
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