About me

Background, tech stack, story

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I'm currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at On Deck, where I'm building products for early stage startup founders. I transitioned into engineering after founding Medigo, a VC-funded healthtech and insurtech startup, where I was the COO for 7 years.

I started learning to code in 2019 out of curiosity, wanting to have a deeper understanding of how our tech was built.

Very quickly, curiosity turned into passion and after a few months of learning and building, I knew that I want to become a full-time software engineer.

After starting my learning journey with Python and Django, I have been focusing on web development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, Express, React, Next.js, PostgreSQL and GraphQL. Along with my primary stack, I'm always learning about new technologies and have recently been exploring ML & AI.

I love solving problems and as an engineer I can do that in a more scalable way, whether working with others or on personal projects.

My Tech Stack

I'm most experienced with

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • Node.js
  • Express
  • React
  • Next.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • Prisma
  • GraphQL
  • git

I'm familiar with

  • ML & AI
  • LLMs
  • Python
  • ElasticSearch
  • GCP
  • Snowflake
  • TailwindCSS
  • MongoDB
  • Vue.js
  • Eleventy
  • AWS EC2
  • Django

My Story


Becoming a software engineer

2019 - now

While I’ve learned a ton at Medigo, I felt that something was missing and that I had a blind spot. I was curious about the work of our tech team but I had little chance to interact with them on a daily basis.

In 2019, I started learning to code and I’ve not looked back since. After learning some fundamentals of computer science while getting familiar with Python, I’ve decided to focus on web development, initially working with Django, before moving on to the JavaScript ecosystem.

Since mid-2020, I’ve been primarily working with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript, React, Next.js Node.js, Express, PostgreSQL and GraphQL.

I love learning about new technologies and have recently been exploring ML & AI for various use cases such as classification, summarization and transcription.

I’m very thankful for the amazing community resources I’ve had at my disposal, including online courses and tutorials, books, documentation, and very supportive (and generous with their time) developer friends.

I'm currently a Senior Software Engineer at On Deck, where I'm focused on building products for early stage startup founders.

Founding a startup

2013 - 2021

After graduating from university, I decided to move to Berlin to join its growing tech ecosystem. I worked briefly for a well-known angel investor, before founding Medigo, with a mission to improve access to quality healthcare globally.

We raised funds from some great angels and VCs (i.e. Atlantic Labs, Accel Partners), grew the team to 50+ full-time employees, and helped over 200,000 patients access high quality healthcare across 5 continents.

During those 7 years, as the COO and CCO, I've built up and managed a lot of functional areas that I’ve never dealt with before: operations, business development, marketing, finance, HR and legal. The life of a startup founder is challenging and the learning curve was incredibly steep but I can't imagine a better opportunity to compress a lifetime of experiences and insights into several years.


Studying abroad and online poker

2006 - 2013

I moved to Manchester (UK), where I started studying International Business. This took me for an exchange year to Hong Kong, and for my masters to Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Nanjing (China), and all across Asia in between. Those years helped me appreciate different cultures, perspectives and viewpoints.

During those 6 years, I’ve played online poker semi-profesionally. Studying and playing the game in a serious way taught me a lot about probability, game theory, decision making and managing your own psychology. Who would've guessed how useful these skills would become in the startup world.

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Growing up in Poland

1987 - 2006

I was born and grew up in Szczecin (good luck pronouncing that), Poland. It was fun but after graduating from high school, I decided to explore a bit more. Rather than study in another city in Poland, I decided to move abroad.