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Meet Droppe’s New Frontend and Marketing Engineer: Alex Botham

Meet Droppe’s New Frontend and Marketing Engineer: Alex Botham, Droppe

Alex Botham was eighteen years old when he first began taking an interest in web development and entrepreneurship. “I started by teaching myself web development and creating my first website using WordPress,” Alex said. He later found a local mentor from his hometown in Finland to help him further strengthen his development skills. “For six months, I worked for my mentor by selling and producing websites and in exchange, I would get a cut of the profit for each project that I made. After that, I felt proficient enough to start my own business.”

Prior to and during his time at the JSBE School of Business and Economics, Alex launched his own web production company. While at the university he met a few equally entrepreneurial peers and together they started a clothing brand called Moka Company. Although the company was profitable, Alex and his team decided to end the endeavor after a few months. “We initially created the clothing brand as an experiment to see how we would work together as a team and business partners,” Alex said. “It ended up working out really nicely so after that, we decided to pursue a marketing agency instead.”

Alex and his former business partner launched the marketing agency Melko Media in 2019. There, they provided services for WordPress website production and video production. However, after two years of Melko Media in the spring of 2022, Alex decided to pursue a career in frontend development and marketing.

According to Alex, his path to Droppe was a mixture of good timing, good luck and the company being an overall great fit for him. “Johannes, the CEO of Droppe, sent me a message just as I was deciding between two job offers. We are originally from the same city and he remembered I was working with web technologies so that piqued my interest.” After researching more about the company and meeting with Johannes and more of the team throughout the interview process, Alex felt confident that Droppe was the best fit for him out of the three opportunities.

Alex joined Droppe in January 2022 as a frontend and marketing engineer. In this dual-sided role he is responsible for implementing alterations and bug fixes to the product and ensuring that important user interactions are being tracked and measured via analytics. Since joining the team, Alex has already been able to get his hands dirty through various tasks and becoming integrated into the company culture and its workflows. “One of my favorite things about Droppe is the rituals and processes it has in place, particularly for the developers. We use a Scrum framework, which is an Agile methodology for project management where we have daily rituals, weekly meetings and work in sprints,” Alex said. “The whole approach to our work routine is really great and made for a smooth onboarding.”

When Alex isn’t working, he enjoys reading, practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and travelling, which he hopes to do more of in the coming year. He also looks forward to meeting his colleagues in person and getting to know them better at upcoming social events. “I really value the team and the spirit of the people at Droppe the most,” Alex said. “Everyone at Droppe is highly competent, talented, hardworking and just genuinely great people which is reflected in the actions and outcomes that Droppe creates.”

Interested in joining Alex's team? Check out the open positions at Droppe via: droppe.fi/hub

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