Behind the scenes at PayDashboard, we have a team of Developers who work diligently to ensure that the platform continues to provide great value to our clients and users. Since the start of the pandemic, we haven’t seen them in person (only over Zoom) so we’re almost wondering if they are indeed still real.
Jokes aside, our development team are a great bunch, and we think it’s time you get to know them too. So, for the third instalment in our ‘Meet the Team’ blog series, we decided to find out more about Dan Kefer, one of our Senior Developers whose remit includes all aspects of the product development lifecycle.
Dan’s diverse career path found him working in music and the travel industry before finding his development niche. He once worked for a 5-star luxury travel firm that provided insight into the sorts of holidays that a £30k budget would allow, and his stint in the music industry was for a company that dealt with press for the biggest bands around at the time.
Dan joined PayDashboard in 2019 after having worked for an online sales training company. A lot of their work was EU-based, so the Brexit vote meant that the whole team was made redundant. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it so happens that Dan really enjoys working for PayDashboard!
Let’s find out a little more about Dan:
Q: How long have you been working as a Developer?
D: Since about 1999 or 2000. Once I began, I realised I had really found my niche.
Q: What does your day-to-day role entail?
D: We always plan ahead so we know what’s coming, however saying that it’s still a very diverse job. There’s always a nice mixture of things and it’s pretty hard to get bored.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
D: I enjoy playing sport, particularly softball. I used to play a lot of football, but it’s more softball these days.
Q: When travel opens up again, where would you like to go?
A: Either Czech Republic or Greece. I really love going to the Czech Republic – they’ve got great beer!
Q: If an alien landed on Earth and offered you a chance to go with them and see the entire Universe, the only caveat being you’d miss 100 years on Earth, would you go?
A: Yes! Why not? Why would you not want to see everything? Let’s go!
Q: How did you survive lockdown?
D: I didn’t find it too challenging, as I work from home mostly anyway. It was just a case of extending what I was already doing. I’m quite happy to be alone anyway, and just get on with it!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: Do you remember the happiest day of your life?
D: That would be the day I got married. In fact, it was over an entire weekend, in the Czech Republic. It’s probably why I love it there so much – because of the great memories of my wedding.
Q: Name one fun fact about yourself:
D: I know pretty much all of the capital cities in the world (except perhaps for some of the Caribbean cities that can sometimes slip my mind!)
Dan's been known to throw around some light-hearted football banter with those who support opposing teams - something that we all really missed during the pandemic and look forward to welcoming back. (It's just not the same over Zoom!).