👋 Hello !
I'm Boris Tane, I build things on the internet 💻.
I ended up studying Physics and moving to the UK 🇬🇧 for a MSc Aerospace Dynamics at Cranfield University.
I absolutely loved it. 🌷
Unlike other Masters in Aerospace Engineering, this one was focused on Flight Dynamics, which is a fancy name for programming for planes. Ah, I forgot to mention I started writing C code when I was 14, as I wanted to make the next Crash Bandicoot.
My video game designer dreams were short-lived. 🎮
Somewhere between my Bsc and my MSc, I started a software development shop with my childhood friend Cedric Tchana. It was more a pretext to meetup everyday and play videos games than a business. It was fun though.
I started my "real" career in the Wind Engineering industry. 🍃
Don't ask me why. 🤔
I was a "Project Engineer", which is a weird blend of consultant and aerodynamics engineer. I worked in the industry for a few years and spent most of my time building internal tools to help the teams. I was pretty good at it, not gonna lie. I then started working within both the software and the aerodynamics teams.
Alongside this, I teamed up with a couple of friends to build "the participative encyclopedia of Cameroonian urban music".
We had no idea what we were doing. 🙃
The result is mounastete.com, a website where Cameroonian rap enthusiasts, producers and musicians met to share their love for the culture. I honestly don't remember the numbers, but I can recall being at the same time satisfied and disastisfied with the traffic. But let's be honest, it was a failure 💀. We quit after about a year.
Next thing I know, I'm building a community around "Afro-Caribbean literature in French". Did I mention I speak French? Well, for once I was good at naming something: La Biblio Afro 📚. I grew this community to more than 1k active members in less than 6 months.
Now the real deal: my software career. In 2017 I started sharing my work on the web more, and I started getting a few recruiters in my DMs 💬. After a few interviews, I landed at Seatfrog as a Software Engineer 🐸. The team had just moved to London from Sydney and was building the software team. I was engineer n4.
I was shitting my pants. 👖
I spent a bit more than a couple of years at Seatfrog. I learned so much during these years, even things I wasn't realising I was learning at the time. I made lifelong friends, discovered what it is to be in an early stage startup, and built a lot of cool shit.
I kept exploring with code on the side, playing with APIs, and exploring new things. I launched a few experiments and started hanging out on Twitter 🐦.
I also wasted a lot of time (months) building an audio journaling app 📅, which I never released. Again, don't ask me why.
One of those experiments turned out to become a thing a lot of people loved and were willing to pay for: Bkmark. A bookmarks manager 🔖, which now does much more, and I don't want to have to update this page every time it does one new thing.
I actually like working on links and bookmarks. It sounds like a simple problem from the surface, but it's actually a pretty hard problem to solve.
Apart from all of this, I love music. I had a very short career as a producer and rapper in my teens. I always thought everyone did, but evidently no.
I watch Basketball and I can't talk about it all. the. time 🏀. Russel Westbrook should be MVP every year.