Nils, Head of Platform – Getsafe Team Stories

Nils builds the platform behind the Getsafe app. In this Getsafe Team Story, he explains what he loves about his job

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3 minute read

2021-02-04

What would you say is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

We want to achieve two things with the Getsafe technology platform. Firstly, it should offer our customers an exceptional insurance experience. Secondly, it should give us a competitive edge via automation and scalability. Prioritising decisions and doing this under time pressure with limited resources is probably the most challenging part of my job.

What helps you overcome this challenge?

I’m passionate about our product and technology. That certainly helps! It motivates me that I’m given plenty of freedom but also must shoulder a lot of responsibility. However, I’ve also learned that I don’t have to do everything on my own. It never ceases to amaze me what the team achieves – I couldn’t do it by myself.

Why did you decide to join Getsafe?

I joined Getsafe directly after graduating with a Master’s degree from KIT. During my studies, I worked for the Fraunhofer Institut and learned what my interests are, but also what I would do differently. For example, I realised I would prefer to work with a small, young team that feels at home with modern technology. For this reason, a tech startup like Getsafe was perfect for me.

What exactly do you do at Getsafe?

In my first two years at Getsafe, I worked as a backend software developer. I’m proud of the complex features that I helped develop during this time. As Head of Platform, I write less code than before – and focus more on product management. This means that I formulate the vision, define goals and a roadmap for the team, and coordinate with the relevant stakeholders.

Why is the platform so important for Getsafe?

I see our platform as the technological basis for Getsafe’s long-term success. We want to grow as a company. To achieve this, we must introduce new product lines, enter new markets, and drive a flexible business model. To be able to scale quickly requires a modern platform. Having control over the entire value chain is also a key to excellence. The claims experience is a prime example of this. Tesla and Apple led the way in this regard – just in different industries. Our platform is the technological prerequisite for reaching this level at some point.

What do you like most about your job?

Due to the high level of freedom and responsibility I’m given, I’ve already achieved an awful lot in the short time I’ve been here. However, the team is my favourite thing about my job. In my opinion, it’s Getsafe’s greatest asset. We’ve got a cool team with people who are great at what they do and I enjoy working with. Additionally, I have the opportunity to see a startup grow and actively participate in its success. These experiences are especially valuable to me, as I want to become an entrepreneur myself one day.

What are your interests, apart from technology?

I’m interested in investment – I regularly talk about stocks and investments with my colleagues. I’m also fascinated by philosophy! It teaches you loads about the world and yourself. Most of all though, I learned to think and argue critically, which really helps me in my role at Getsafe.

If they had only three words, how would your friends describe you?

Workaholic, spaced out (sometimes), and  enthusiastic.

Do you enjoy software development and want to work with Getsafe’s cutting-edge technology? Then take a look at our careers page and become part of the team!

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