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Butter Has Added Kyle Foo as Tech Lead

Butter Has Added Kyle Foo as Tech Lead , Butter

One of the co-founders of video conferencing platform Butter has turned to an old colleague to help the company evolve its technology. Kyle Foo, who met Butter co-founder Adam Wan through his own startup a few years ago, will work alongside Adam as a Tech Lead in the engineering department.

“We trust each other, and we work well together,” Kyle says. “We reconnected at the end of last year and Adam asked me whether I'm okay to help him out with Butter. It's a really interesting product, and I don't mind helping at all.”

Kyle is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was born and raised before he moved to the United States to study. He earned a degree in Computer Engineering from California State University and worked on a few side projects before moving home in 2015. He founded his own startup and has worked in a range of other tech roles before joining Butter in March 2021.

“The good thing about working remotely with Butter is that we’re a remote-first company,” he says. “A lot of the process for new staff has been well thought-through already. We communicate as much as possible and write a lot of documents, which is a good thing because it helps us to see how things progress. We also have regular meetups and social events, virtually, of course, to keep our team bonding strong.”

Kyle got into engineering through his brother, who is much older than him, and works as a designer.

“He was a big influence on me. I learned design before learning programming because right after I designed something, I needed to make it into a real product or software, or website. So I picked up programming on the side, but turning my design into an actual website really got me motivated that I was able to showcase things that I'd done online.”

In his role at Butter, Kyle is focused on front end and mobile development, making online workshops as smooth as possible. He sees workplaces becoming increasingly remote in the future, which presents opportunities for Butter to evolve and satisfy the growing need for online conferencing technology.

“Our aim is to bring Butter into the next milestone. To be able to serve more people and to be a really competitive product that we can be proud of. To do that we need to bring the best out of our team to create not just a product that's packed full of features, but also has a lot of intelligence in it.”

When Kyle isn’t working, he can often be found watching the NBA. He also likes to eat a lot, particularly Southeast Asian food (he doesn’t mind admitting he’s biased), and he’s a licensed scuba diver. Scuba diving has taken him on a few different trips around Thailand and Indonesia, and he’s excited to do it more once the global travel situation allows.

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Meet Butter's Content Lead: Eric Doty

Meet Butter's Content Lead: Eric Doty

Eric Doty likes to have fun with his work. It’s how he got into marketing in the first place, and it’s what’s ultimately brought him into his new role as the first ever Content Marketing Lead at virtual collaboration platform Butter. “If you go to the Butter website, you're immediately hit by the splash of bright yellow, the emojis…it just seemed like a fun product. As a content marketer, having a super fun, playful brand to work with was immediately exciting to me.” Eric brings a unique perspective to his role, having studied cognitive science and linguistics. It means he has an in-depth understanding of the way language works with the mind to stimulate people and provoke the right reactions. “I like the immediacy of results on whether your content is working or not. You can see the traffic and if people are reading what we're writing, but then also, is it leading people to start a trial? Or is that leading people to the activation step, where they become paid users? “For Butter, as a SaaS product, you can directly see each of the stages, where you're doing really well or where you're falling short. From a marketer’s perspective, that's what makes tech - and SaaS in particular - really interesting to me.” A passion for hockey, and his native Ottawa Senators, got Eric into the world of marketing. He was studying at the University of Pennsylvania and created a Twitter account and a blog called Bonk’s Mullet to connect with fellow fans, seeing he wasn’t with any in Philadelphia. “I was writing The Onion-style parody articles about the team, just as a personal, fun thing to do. That got me really excited by the process of coming up with ideas and writing articles. I started spending more time doing that than grad school, which I was supposed to be doing, and something clicked that this is what I love doing. Grad school wasn’t my passion, so I left.” Eric got into writing for SEO, and picked up a range of skills that encouraged him to go out as a freelancer. He’s done that for almost six years - and still continues to do outside of his work with Butter. He believes having a broad base has served him well up until this point, even though he’s now fairly specialized in content marketing. “There’s the concept of a T-shaped marketer, where you start with a wide base of skills, but then over the course of your career you get narrowed down into one channel of expertise. But that base really helps you - I had jobs where I was just working in spreadsheets all day that didn’t have anything to do with marketing, but if I didn't have that experience, I wouldn't be able to set up nice, automated workflows today. “If you're narrowly focused on being an amazing writer, then you're just going to get really good at writing. What I like about the path I took is that you pick up a bunch of different jobs, and a variety of skills.” His dedication to continuing his freelance work often means he has a few extra hours of work at night, but Eric’s more than happy to balance his two work lives. He says he’s pretty good at checking out of work when he’s off the clock, especially watching hockey with his wife (he still runs his hockey Twitter account), going to the beach and playing guitar.

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Get to Know Rune Schou, Butter's Senior Experience Designer

Get to Know Rune Schou, Butter's Senior Experience Designer

Rune Schou feels a real sense of ownership of Butter. As a Senior Experience Designer at the video conferencing platform, it’s his job to make Butter engaging. He sees it as his dream job. “The great thing about working on one digital product is that you can really focus on it, and you can keep on developing it. It becomes like your own baby - I’ve been here almost from the beginning, and it’s an amazing opportunity to form and shape the brand. “I don't have any other ambitions right now. I’ve thought it could be fun to have a startup myself, but right now, if I could choose between leading a company or being on the product design, I’d really prefer just to be a nerd about designing things and going into the small details.” Rune worked in agencies for seven years before joining Butter, where he helped with a wide range of different clients and projects. Butter co-founder Christopher Holm-Hansen was actually one of his colleagues, which is how he came to join the company. He says he made the transition to working on a single product because he wanted something new. “I think the product is so cool, and it really solves real people's problems. By having these online meetings and workshops, we can help people to get back some of their lost time.” Rune is enthusiastic about the challenge of making Butter more engaging. He’s contributed to that aspect of Butter in a range of ways and sees even more opportunities for development. “I think the waiting room is super cool, especially with the music. I also think that the interactive emojis are super awesome because we can actually see how much people are using it. “We have to keep pushing so that you, as a user, can experience the product. Not only see it as a product but also see it as a fun and engaging experience.” Outside of work, Rune is an active father of three kids aged 13, 10, and one. He draws on his own love of music and sport to entertain his kids and says he’s spent a lot of time playing music for them - even if they’re not so interested in it themselves. He says he’s starting to get into making music again, and he’s hoping to be able to spend more time producing and playing. “One other thing I’d love to do would be to take my entire family traveling and walking. Once we went walking for two weeks in Spain, and it was absolutely mind-blowing for me. So I would love to do that even more.”

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