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 have a bumper edition this time around with the nerdy duo: alienxinja & gadgetxinja!
“I’ve spent a small fortune on travelling and will never regret it.” – Paul
What is your Xinja name and what do you do at Xinja?
Hana: My Xinja name is Alien Xinja 👽,and I’m an Intern working in the marketing department working graphic design magic then I’m rotating with other teams!
Paul: Gadget Xinja and I work in the project management team.
What are you most proud of working at Xinja?
Paul: I’m proud and feel privileged to be part of the Xinja journey helping to build a better bank for everyone from scratch, free from legacy and able to be truly agile and innovative.
Hana: The fact that the team is made up of such amazing people. Everyone’s so kind and so involved.
We hire Xinjas with a voracious learning mindset. What is the latest thing you’ve read, heard or seen that blew your mind?
“Even as I’m giving you all advice, I’m still trying to figure this out myself.” – Demetrius Harmon
“If you are the only rich person in a village of paupers, the paupers will kill you”– Jack Ma, Bank 4.0 by Brett King
What future technology or trend excites you the most?
Hana: Self-lacing Nikes and self-fitting clothes from Back to the Future 2.
Paul: Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. From fully autonomous cars and the rise of voice assistants and much more.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Hana: Trying. I try my best to save but its just so easy to spend sometimes.
Paul: Cautious and sensible.
Confession time – what do you waste money on?
Hana: Food and video games. Really into Nintendo at the moment.
Paul: Usually on techie gadgets like virtual reality headsets or voice assistants. Then I try to justify them as being something good for the kids to use.
Halo time – what’s the best thing you’ve spent money on?
Hana: The money that I’ve spent on my dog, Ripley, I don’t regret any of that.
Paul: I’ve spent a small fortune on travelling and will never regret it.
If you weren’t at Xinja, what would you be doing?
Hana: Playing video games at home telling myself to get a job. Joking! I’d probably be working somewhere doing customer service.
Paul: Most likely working at one of the big 4 banks wondering what it would be like at a fintech.
“The money that I’ve spent on my dog, Ripley, I don’t regret any of that.” – Hana
What is your weekend hobby
Hana: Hanging out with Ripley, playing video games or playing some music.
Paul: With two young kids weekends for me are all about spending quality time with the family, then also trying to catch up on any good movies whenever I can.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the image be?
Hana: I have my dog’s face on my thigh I’m hoping to get another tattoo soon. Probably something dedicated to my mum or something to do with the Alien movie series.
Paul: The image of a chicken (pollito) and a duck (patito) because the Spanish versions are my kid’s nicknames due to my wife’s Mexican heritage.