About

Thanks for reading my blog! Here is a bit about me and what’s currently I’m doing with my life and how I end up being a software engineer.

If you connect with me on LinkedIn, you will get a better overview of my career. Here I will tell you how everything started for me personally.

How I Started
I started programming with VB 6 when I was 14-15 (For those that are not from the programming world, it is a form of programming language). At that age, VB was very popular in the market as having a graphical interface to create rich application UI. It also has a lot of functionalities to screw up your computer. Most notoriously VB was used in making trojans. And it made a good one!

When I was start programming, it was during the summer season and I would spend around 18 hours a day practicing. After a year, I got my first job in the local Internet Service Provider (ISP) company that I used to take a single computer course at. They saw that I was passionately working and learning, and ended up being given the responsibility of teaching a class of my own.

Well, if you are thinking how would people take lessons from a 16-year-old teenage dude, at that point, I already had my mustache and beard, and none of those students even knew I was only 16!

It was a great experience with great people for a year and I learned a lot every day. This is the starting point for me to make my way into the IT industry and the story to the rest of my journey is yet to come.

Life In South East Asia

I was around 18 that I left my country to start my foreign ambitious life in South East Asia on my own. It was a tough decision and challenging one at that time, but I knew choosing this journey will change my character forever. So, I lived in Malaysia for around a decade, and that marked one of the most enjoyable times of my life.

I learned many things the hard way from my failed startup there, surviving the cultural differences to sustaining my life and my career. I’m always thinking to write a book about it and inspire more people to take such steps.

Life in the Netherlands

I moved to Amsterdam in 2018. I decided my time is up in Asia and I need to move on and kick myself out of my comfort zone. I chose a bold challenge and I joined an early-stage startup that has funding for only the next 6 months. I joined and we could get for another six months and that was it. We almost failed. I learned my lessons and take one step back and joined a new company.

Currently, I’m working at Lightspeed as Senior Front-End Software Engineer, building amazing retail products to help small businesses make living and bring their ideas to life.

My Business Ambitious

Back in Asia, I started a Digital Agency with two partners. It fails and we couldn’t survive the legal issue that we faced. After that, I started Mangoler eCommerce, which providing e-commerce products (CMS, mobile, and web apps) to small businesses, to help them build their business easier & faster with less development noise. When I left Asia, I decided it’s better I limit my focus on my moving with my partner to the Netherlands, and as a result, I sold the Mangoler eCommerce.

Recently I started my software consultancy, The Supercluster and I’m planning to grow it eventually. I’m also open to joining a new founder for starting an impactful product.

Drop me a message

Please drop me a message if you have questions, ideas to share, or give me feedback about my blog content. I always appreciate a good talk. My email address is danial.kalbassi@gmail.com