Case Taintor.

At Klarna, we had 100 engineers in 2012. Now there’s over 1200.

Engineering Director - I lead teams that develop and deliver a set of services, tools, and support that make Klarna’s engineers and data scientists better, happier, and more efficient.

My irregular path.

Klarna had less than 100 engineers when I started in 2012. Now we have over 1200. I joined Klarna in Tel Aviv and began in a team working on automating merchant onboarding. After about a year in the role, I became the technical team lead. I moved on to work on building the experience that customers in the UK and US would use to view and pay their Klarna bills and then became software architect for the Tel Aviv site. By this point, I had been in Israel for 4 years and it was time for a change. I arrived in Stockholm in October 2016. From there I worked on Klarna Checkout before starting work on planning and executing the replatforming of our Consumer App. We grew from a team of 8 to over 60 people within a year. For the next 2 and a half years I was Domain Architect for the Consumer App domain. My current role came as I was looking for a new kind of challenge - a role where I would be more clearly accountable for successes and failures. I became the Domain Lead for a new domain named Developer Services. I've now been in this role for 1.5 years - it’s been a great challenge and incredibly rewarding.

Working at Klarna.

Since starting at Klarna 8 years ago, I have constantly felt that my ideas are welcome and supported. I've been able to influence many parts of how Klarna Engineering works and have never experienced the politics of turf wars which are common in other companies. I've also had the pleasure to work with some really great people from a variety of backgrounds.

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Something I’m unreasonably passionate about.

I'm deeply passionate about creating products that are used by engineers not because you force them to but because they want to use them. This is a combination of creating great products and properly communicating the value of them. It's also about recognizing which little additions make people happy to use them.

A day in my life.

AMPMEvening
Take my kids to preschool.Tactical meetings with my teams.Watch Brooklyn 99.
Put on a gray shirt and jeans.Check-in with some of my colleagues and reports on how things are going.Grab beers with friends or colleagues.
Ride my bike to work.Review operational issues to identify learnings.Clean up my kid's dinner mess/put my kids to sleep.

3 takes on Klarna.

My favorite Leadership Principle is...

Start small, learn fast. I believe strongly that the only way you truly learn what is necessary and what is not necessary is to make smart iterative solutions based on real feedback.

The best task of the day is ..

writing code or a script that makes someone smile.

I’d describe my team as...

skilled and passionate.

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