Meet the Team: Brian van Damme
April 16, 2015 |

This post is part of a series introducing the team behind KAWO that keep the fire burning and the engine turning.

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Q: How long have you worked at KAWO and what is your role?
A: I’ve been with KAWO since the very start, so about two years ago. As far as my role goes, I handle a good deal of the backend development and also function as the group’s CTO.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and life outside of work?
A: While most of my time is spent working on KAWO and the product, I’m actually an avid drummer and really enjoy making music. Other than that, I’m a big fan of traveling, live concerts, and movies.

Q: What are five words that describe you perfectly?
A: Hmm, this is a little bit difficult. Let’s see. I’m going to go with pragmatic, creative, rebel, curious, and whatever.

Q: Can you tell us what you like about the working day at KAWO?
A: We have a small team and have the freedom to work on different aspects that interest us. It keeps things interesting because while there is a sense of urgency, you don’t get burned out doing the same thing over and over again, day after day.

Q: What are some of the funnest/most challenging projects you’ve worked on while at KAWO?
A: Really, the entire process of actually building the platform has been a great and at times stressful experience. The architecture that allows organizations and agencies to have brands that pull content from different social networks and push to multiple social networks while gathering analytics. Utilizing all these APIs and putting it into an organized maintainable structure is a challenging but fun task.

Q: What’s your most memorable (or funniest) experience at KAWO?
A: This is a tough one. Well in 2013, Alex and I attended the TechCrunch conference in San Francisco and participated in their ‘hackathon’. We created an app that allowed anyone to tweet to us and we would translate their post and we utilized our own KAWO API to do so. It was pretty cool to be able to do that for a larger audience.

Q: Tell us something people might not know about you
A: Well, fourteen years ago, when I was about 15 years old, I developed an app that allowed users to do all kinds of ‘funky’ things with MSN Messenger. It went ‘viral’ (although they didn’t call it that back then) and was used by millions of users.

Q: You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A: What colors are already in the box? ‘Cause I want to make sure my color isn’t already there. Are we talking about a basic 16-pack or are we bringing out the big guns with the Crayola 64-pack? In either case, I’d be KAWO red.

Q: If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
A: I never really thought about this. Who cares? I’m more interested in why they would make a movie about my life.

Q: What do you like best about working at KAWO?
A: Aside from the company culture and our team members, I really like how KAWO touches many social networks. They’re all around us and always evolving. We also work with cool technology and awesome clients, so that’s definitely a plus.

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