As users become more demanding, it’s a real challenge to be a an Android Developer. Look at how our the developer at Wave, Javier Rebollo, sorts out the new reality in building apps. Get to know all his tricks and secrets at this interview and get inspired by a well job done that has taken Wave to the next level.
1.- Why do you love Wave?
I think it’s a very interesting project and we have seen a great evolution. If before people were reluctant to share their location and were afraid of it, now they feel it as a necessity and they understand how powerful and useful it really is.
Some time ago, when I was meeting my family or friends I was asking them about their location, now that they use Wave, all these questions are over. I share my location with them and there are no more questions that can distract me, for example when I am driving. That’s amazing.
2.- How do you keep yourself organized with all the new projects coming in?
One of the best things about Wave is its startup soul and hopefully that will never change. This soul means that we have a way of working in which it is very simple to communicate and organize things with the team.
This is very complicated in companies with excessive bureaucracy where processes become slow and awkward. We don´t work like that here and that is the best point of the company.
3.- Do you feel identified with any proverb, movie character or particular habit?
Well, there’s a sentence by John D. Rockefeller that says: “Do not be afraid to leave something good to go for the big thing”. This is something that is linked to my personality, as I do not like to accommodate.
I believe that I can always improve in all aspects of my life and avoid getting stuck. I firmly think that this is the very essence of the human being.
4.- You have worked in the sports and travel industry before joining Wave, why did you choose to start in the lifestyle and location area?
I actually do not choose companies for the sector they belong to, but because of the technological challenge they face. When I started working at Wave, I had to deal with several challenges that are now solved. One of the best and more motivating realities in this company is that there are always new challenges to conquer.
5.- What stage of the development process, from the draft of a project to the execution do you enjoy the most?
The parts that I like the most are the beginning and the end. The beginning because it is when we see how the product is being developed little by little, and the final stage, because it is when we see that everything is finished and we have that satisfaction of a job well done.
At the same time, we know we would have done the development a bit different if we would do it again. That’s amazing. We start applying our new knowledge and when we finish, we have learned so much that, when we look back, we know that now we would do it better.
6.- What innovation in tech most inspires you for your work?
I’m inspired by the Internet Of Things. Some people see it as a bad thing, and they fear of having devices connected all the time, but really if you know how to take advantage of it, it’s great.
All the information you need is at your fingertips to make better decisions and, if done correctly, the information that arrives to you is the only one that you need at every moment … that’s great.
7.- Do you think that users of apps are becoming more demanding? If so, how does your team continue to offer a level of excellence?
Yes, I firmly believe it. We are always trying to reduce all possible errors to the minimum and to correct the ones that we have. We also bet on the best and most modern technologies to always offer users the latest, so they can enjoy all the new advantages before anyone else.
8.- What would you like to achieve in your team with Wave within the next 2 years?
I would like to make us a reference in geolocation. Just like when people thought of Messenger and now think of WhatsApp. I want that when people think about location, they think of Wave.
It does not matter how much time passes by, we will continue being their ‘Messenger’ and they will never forget us because we will have marked a before and after in the location’s world. That is what I hope to achieve.