๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello !

I'm Boris Tane, I build things on the internet ๐Ÿ’ป.

TLDR: I make things, I love Physics, music ๐ŸŽถ, and anime; and recently I happen to be obsessed with productivity software ๐Ÿ’ฝ.
Disclaimer: The following text is unstructured.

Growing I wanted to be an inventor, because of Steve Urkel from Family Matters. I'm sure not many in Britain know this 90s show, but where I'm from (Yaoundรฉ, Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ), it was a big deal.

I ended up studying Physics and moving to the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง for a MSc Aerospace Dynamics at Cranfield University.

I absolutely loved it. ๐ŸŒท

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. ๐ŸŽฎ

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. ๐Ÿƒ

Don't ask me why. ๐Ÿค”

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. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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 ๐Ÿ’€. 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 ๐Ÿ“š. 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 ๐Ÿ’ฌ. After a few interviews, I landed at Seatfrog as a Software Engineer ๐Ÿธ. The team had just moved to London from Sydney and was building the software team. I was engineer n4.

I was shitting my pants. ๐Ÿ‘–

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 ๐Ÿฆ.

I also wasted a lot of time (months) building an audio journaling app ๐Ÿ“…, 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 ๐Ÿ”–, 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 like to believe I'm still an otaku ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต but not gonna lie, I watch pretty mainstream anime and very sporadically these days. But my little collection of anime Funko Pops maintains the illusion.

I watch Basketball and I can't talk about it all. the. time ๐Ÿ€. Russel Westbrook should be MVP every year.