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Meet Gobie, our new User Interface Engineer

Gobie holding a navy blue employee box featuring Ada's logo.

We’d like to introduce you to Gobie, our new User Interface Engineer. He likes to create things – no matter if it’s programming, designing, building smart devices, or woodworking. But, being productive all of the time can be exhausting. To balance this, he plays games with his friends, reads good books, practices the piano, listens to podcasts, and tries to go to the gym at least three times a week. Let’s see what Gobie has to say about why he decided to join Ada and how he felt on his first day in the office.

What inspired you to join Ada?

To be honest, I was thinking about how I can make the world a better place. Giving children the opportunity to learn how to read seemed to be the best way for me to help. So, I started donating money to a charity for children in conflict areas to help them go to school. Donating money was definitely something I could do!

In the meantime, as I was looking for a new way to take my frontend skills to the next level, I came across Ada – with its mission to give everyone access to the healthcare they need. This is so honorable and beautiful to me that I could not help but join the team and use my time and skills to achieve that mission.

Did we make a good first impression?

Yeah, it was pretty exciting to arrive. To get a good start, I prepared myself the night before. I wrote down some topics I wanted to talk about, information about Ada, and how to overcome my sometimes socially awkward behavior. And, to my surprise that really helped. My first day was great, and I talked to a lot of new people.

What were you most excited to do on your first day?

Meeting my new team and getting to know all the smart people at Ada. Also, getting myself into a new environment and being part of this big movement.

What happened in your first hours at Ada?

In the onboarding room, there were boxes for all the newcomers with the Ada logo. Inside the box, there was a super fancy glass bottle, a notebook, a sweater, and even bandaids featuring Ada’s logo.

Gobie looking in to an employee box showing an Ada glass bottle, hoodie, notebook, stickers, and pen.

The onboarding session took nearly four hours – quite long but the time was kinda flying. There were different talks from different people at Ada. It started with Daniel, one of Ada’s co-founders, talking about the current situation in healthcare around the world and his vision for the next 10 years, and then it went to data security, internal tools, and the different facilities at Ada. I got the impression that data security is really a number one priority to everyone at Ada.

At the end of onboarding, all the newcomers got a shiny, new MacBook. Then, we all had to do several workshops about data security, safety at work, diversity, and anti-discrimination.

I think the first day is always a little bit overwhelming because there are so many new things to learn. But, the onboarding session gave me a good start, and I already felt comfortable being here.

Group of Ada’s newest employees in the office in front of a window with the Berliner Dome in the background.

What helped you feel comfortable?

The fact that I can just go and talk to everyone in person and not just by email or Slack is definitely a plus for me. After the onboarding, I went to lunch to meet the team, and I know they are kinda my supervisors but while talking to them, it didn't feel like that at all. There was also this one guy, Shubs, who saw me waiting for my office keys. He knew that I was a newcomer and offered me to come over to have a chat with him while I was waiting for the keys. In that moment, I knew I was also a part of the Ada team.

Thanks, Gobie! It’s good to have you here.

Are you imagining your own first day with us? Help us bring the future of personalized health to everyone and join Ada.


Writer:

Henri Jakobs

Henri is Ada's German copywriter.