WHIZZ launched the Android app just a week ago, so it’s only fitting that our WHIZZ Employee of the Month is man who made it all possible: Keyur Thakkar.
WHIZZ Tech Lead Neil Grusd first hired Keyur to work on a test assignment. It took him three days to finish it. But could he finish an Android app in three months?
One app to rule them all
Keyur had two things working for him: extensive experience (he worked for LG Electronics for over 6 years) and the fact that he’s an Android user himself. “I’ve never even touched an Apple phone in my life!” he says. “There are more features, more apps. There’s just so much more you can do with Android.”
But this flexibility is exactly why developing for Android can be, well… such a pain in the app. Keyur and his team had to keep in consideration the vast multitude of different Android devices on the market to ensure the app worked flawlessly on each.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, my stress level was about… a 9,” says Keyur, who says the late nights and pressure never got to him because of the incredible positivity and support he got from the Whizz team. “It was a group effort and we met the challenges together. ALL IN!”
He adds that problems don’t bring him down; he actually welcomes them. “How can you do your best if you’re not being pushed past your limits? I get an energy rush whenever I encounter an issue. I am excited to find out how to solve it.”
Keyur and his team had to keep in consideration the vast multitude of different Android devices on the market to ensure the app worked flawlessly on each.
Keyur, After hours
Keyur loves to cook, and even signed up for classes on pastries, chocolate making, and different cuisines at the nearby community college. He’s in charge of WHIZZ’s Breakfast Club – a weekly potluck to kick off the day with good food and good vibes. Keyur collects everyone’s wish lists and assigns the dishes.
n weekends, he visits his sister and nephew. He also hopes to see more of Australia, and maybe find time to write again. He used to blog back in 2006, writing down his thoughts on relationships, life, a day at work. He would even write poetry.
But right now he’s focused on improving the Android app. “It’s like a baby. You take care of it when is sick (like when it isn’t stable) and you ‘raise’ it so it becomes better.”
Now download the Whizz Android app and make its daddy proud.