Meet Cake: this is Eliot

By Sophie Docx

We’re a fully remote team of about 20 people spread across 3 countries, all working together to build Cake and improve the financial well-being of every consumer. Meet the people behind Cake in this blog series. Today it’s up to Eliot (& Yuki).

Name: Eliot Colinet
Age: 26
Role: iOS developer
Making Cake since: 1 April 2019 (it wasn’t an April fools 😁)
Location: Grimbergen, Belgium

Tell us about your workspace photo

In the picture, you see Yuki, our seven-month-old Golden Retriever. Yuki has a lot more to do with Cake than you would expect. Like most people, my girlfriend and I were always at work for more than eight hours every day. Having a dog was not something we considered to be a real possibility because we didn’t want it to be alone at home all the time. Since I started working at Cake, which is a fully remote company, the idea of having a dog suddenly became very doable. It didn’t take long before we decided to go ahead with it, because now I can actually take care of it… and that’s how we got Yuki. 

At the moment my girlfriend also works from home because of the Corona quarantine, but usually, it’s just me, Yuki, and our cat called Mr. Darcy. When team members receive strange messages from me on Slack, it’s because Mr. Darcy decided to lay down on my keyboard.😏

What do you do at Cake?

I’m an iOS developer. This means I’m developing the Cake app for iPhone. I get all the data from our systems and I try to shape it according to the beautiful designs of our designers, as accurate and pixel-perfect as possible. I’m also involved in our product design meetings which I really enjoy because it allows me to see ideas evolve from early designs to fully developed features, ready to ship to our users. 

I used to be a very early bird when I worked in a “normal” office environment. Having to get up at six o’clock in the morning, so I could get in the car before seven and arrive at work early to avoid traffic jams. But because I now work from home, I can start much later. My typical working day now starts around eight o’clock, sometimes even a bit later. I’m so happy I can actually enjoy my breakfast now. 🙂

Every day at nine o’clock in the morning we have a digital stand up meeting with the team, where everyone explains their plans for the day. I let everyone know what I’m working on. Usually, I continue working on the current features we are trying to get into the hands of our users. When I’m not working on new features, I focus my time on fixing bugs. I take a lunch break at noon and at half-past twelve I go for a half-hour walk with Yuki. Around five or six in the evening, I end my working day. This rhythm works quite well for me, but I know some of our team members have a lot less structured days as well.

Why Cake and not another company?

Actually, there are many reasons why.

I have always been very interested in everything related to startups. I’ve consumed many podcasts about startup culture, the experience, venture capital, and other related things. 

Another reason why is that at my previous job, I was working in a mobile team of a whopping twenty people. In comparison, only two people at Cake, my colleague Benoit for android and myself for iOS, are working on mobile development. This means that I now have a lot more ownership and responsibility for the product that we’re building. When I was part of a larger team, I felt like I was missing out on a lot. I didn’t truly “own” the product. Now, I feel like the Cake iOS app is actually “my baby”. 

One day, Peter, who is Cake’s Head of Product and one of the 6 co-founders, messaged me on Linkedin to talk about the company. He sent me a link to an interview with Davy, our CEO, on Techmag with Magali De Reu, and I was immediately sold on the idea of what he was trying to build. 

And lastly, right before accepting to join the company, I looked up everyone who was already working at Cake. Saying that I was mightily impressed by the team would be an understatement. Just by looking them up, I could tell that they were all incredibly experienced and that simply by working alongside them I would gain a ton of experience in no time. 

So, I felt I’d be stupid to say no to such an opportunity. I wanted to work for Cake.

What’s your most memorable Cake moment?

The funniest or nicest moment so far was one of our teambuilding on-sites where we participated in the Hercules Trophy. It is a team event with multiple challenges, where you compete with other teams from different companies. There was a course with multiple activities like sliding as far as possible on a wet and soapy slide, there was a water-parkour with bouncy castles, there was a soccer area and many more activities. 

It took place in the very early days of the company. The team was a lot smaller back then and we didn’t know each other as well as we do today. It was a great experience where we were outside together, just having fun. It was a great opportunity to get to know my colleagues in a completely different way. And I got to know some family members of my colleagues as well.

What’s your favourite cake?

That’s a difficult question as I’m not a big fan of desserts in general, but when it’s for a birthday or a similar event, there is a banana cake that I quite like from a local bakery. So I would definitely go for that one! 

Any topping on the Cake?

It’s awesome to see all our enthusiastic users share their thoughts and feedback about Cake, on Twitter for example. It’s really motivating to see so many people getting involved. Keep the feedback coming!