Secret lives of Xinjas:
bbqxinja & JARVISxinja

Secret lives of Xinjas: bbqxinja & JARVISxinja

We think it’s important to really get to know our xinja work comrades; unpack what they’re really into – as you never know where that hobby might come in handy when you’re designing and building a bank.

In this series, we bring you the secret lives of Xinjas; an exploration of what rocks their world. We introduce this quirky duo #bbqxinja Michael and #JARVISxinja Mayur.

Weekend hobby: “churrasco (Brazilian BBQ)…” – #bbqxinja

What is your Xinja name and what do you do at Xinja?

Michael: #bbqxinja, Security Architect.

Mayur: #JARVISxinja, Payments Business Analyst – design payments operating model.

What are you most proud of working at Xinja?

Michael: Building a bank that puts the customer before the profit.

Mayur: Awesome people attempting to make a real difference to lives of people.

We hire Xinjas with a voracious learning mindset. What is the latest thing you’ve read, heard or seen that blew your mind?

Michael: Former head of the NSA and CIA Michael Hayden. I heard him speak about cyber security, politics, social media, fake news etc in 2018. The insights were as much about how people think (or don’t think) as they were about how technology and social engineering is influencing the world. It’s hard to find much publicly available content from him but well worth listening to if you get a chance.

“We are moving from a world in which most cyber problems are mainly about stealing your data to a world in which cyber is being used to deliberately create direct kinetic consequences: effects on your information, effects on your networks, and other adverse physical effects on assets that are valuable to you. As surely as night follows day, these cyber security risks are going to expand over time.” – Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

Mayur: “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passion; your passion chooses you.”- Jeff Bezos.

What future technology or trend excites you the most?

Michael: Quantum Computing – awesome possibilities.

Mayur: Artificial Intelligence – I’m very excited about the endless possibilities of AI enabling lives.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

Michael: Fleeting.

Mayur: Important but not everything.

Confession time – what do you waste money on?

Michael: Beer, cause there is always a new one to try and always a mate to share it with.

Mayur: Coffee – Getting caffeinated has become a routine.

Halo time – what’s the best thing you’ve spent money on?

Michael: Holidays, north and south America, Asia, Pacific.

Mayur: My ticket to Australia, for the experience of a lifetime.

If you weren’t at Xinja, what would you be doing?

Michael: Watching the fire (aka “bush TV”) by the beach on the NSW south coast.

Mayur: Cooking @ Fusion Restaurant.

Weekend hobby: “…experimenting fusion recipes – #JARVISxinja

What is your weekend hobby

Michael: Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) and binging on Netflix.

Mayur: Outdoor games and experimenting fusion recipes.

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the image be?

Michael: Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional.

Mayur: An image of Steve Jobs.


Check out other members of the xinja team here.


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