Meet Cake: this is Nick

By Sophie Docx
Nick Schouten Cake

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 Nick.

Name: Nick Schouten
Age: 24
Role: Data Engineer
Making Cake since: October 2019
Location: Leuven, Belgium

Tell us about your workspace

As you can see in the picture there are some other screens at my table. I swear, usually there are also people sitting behind those screens. They were all camera shy and suddenly disappeared.🏃 

I’m actually renting this house with 3 friends, so in covid-times we work at this table with 4! Although Cake is an entirely remote company without an office this feels a little bit like an office these days. As you can expect, this situation has alternated between extremely fun and hair-pullingly (is that even a word 🤔) annoying.

Recently I have promoted myself to the head of the table! Being the only one that pays taxes (my housemates all being doctoral students) I think I deserve it! 

In the corner of the room you can see some festive decorations, still hanging from my recent 24th birthday! 🎉 People told me that’s equally as far from 30 as it is from 18. Which is quite a grimm thought. Luckily a fellow Cake colleague also told me I’m still only half his age.😊 I won’t tell you who as that would be in violation of GDPR. A small tip, have a look between the earlier published Team Cake interviews on this blog and you might find out who I’m talking about!  And there is a strong, wine-based liquor that unsurprisingly contains his name.🍷

What do you do at Cake?

As a Data Engineer I take care of what we call the data pipeline. This means making sure all the precious information coming from the Cake users reaches our data models safely and securely, where it is then anonymously analyzed. The insights gained from this should then also be returned to our users so they can hopefully benefit from them! 📊

A concrete example of this is your transactions traveling back and forth to Cake’s data model so you can hopefully see a map indicator exactly where you bought your groceries. You as user of course want this to happen seemingly instantaneously, that is of course quite a challenge especially considering the scaling that will be needed when Cake reaches its full potential of users!
If you would like to read more of the work the Data team is doing you should definitely also read this blogpost.

Why Cake and not another company?

I actually work for Cake as a subcontractor via Dataroots. I’ve always wanted a challenging job, so when Dataroots assigned me to the Cake project I was very excited about it! Even though I’m only 24, I’ve been given a lot of responsibility and trust.

On top of that I also really believe in Cake’s mission to improve the financial wellbeing of our users. We give our users a clear and complete overview of their banking transactions across different accounts and provide them with automated handy insights into their income and spending. And at the same time, we also give them the opportunity to earn some extra money by giving them a share of the cake every month because their data is processed anonymously in statistics. 

I would also like to add that my Cake colleagues are all pretty awesome! As you might have noticed already I like joking around every once in a while. Luckily for me there is certainly room for that here! 

All in all I’m just really excited to be part of this journey and look forward to seeing where we are headed!

What’s your most memorable Cake moment?

There have been a lot of very cool moments at Cake. But to me the most memorable moment is my very first meeting with Jessica and the insights team! I remember how nervous I was to present my take on how to deploy a model.

If you have already read the Team Cake interview with Jessica you’ll know that she’s very friendly so there really was no need to be nervous. 

Luckily for me it went well, which is why I’m being interviewed about working at Cake now!😉

What’s your favorite cake?

No idea if it counts as Cake, but a solid brownie has to be my favourite! One that hurts your stomach because you just can’t stop eating it! 

Any topping on the Cake?

Not really, the brownie is already heavy enough. So heavy that I recently got back into football and cycling.

Speaking of, if you live near Leuven and have any really good amateur cycling routes, linking them to me would go a long way to sustaining my Cake eating habit.😎

Are you ready to download the Cake app?

It’s available for Google Play and on the App Store.

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