Tell us a bit about Simon Castagna
Hey, Simon here! 👋 Growing up in a fusion of French, American and Italian cultures, I’ve always felt like a bit of an outsider wherever I’ve lived. Maybe that’s why I decided to move to California to study the intersection of Western popular culture, philosophy and religion. My master’s was partly introspective, but it also aligned with a nagging interest in how meaning is created. After my studies I worked for Fuller Graduate Schools in Pasadena for a few years before moving to Oslo to start a new adventure.
What made you decide to come and work for Kosli?
There were two deciding factors. Firstly, in all my interactions with Kosli during the hiring process, there was a genuine interest in me as a person beyond my skill set. The job posting I responded to started with ‘Join Team Human’. It’s a small detail, but it made me feel like human concerns would be important here and I wasn’t wrong.
The second thing is the wealth of experience behind the company. As someone fairly new to the field, I felt like it would be a great environment for me to grow as a developer. This has also proved to be true. We work exclusively in ensemble programming, so I not only get to see how engineers with decades of experience solve problems, I also get feedback from these same engineers in real time.
What were you doing before Kosli?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I moved to Oslo I was working at Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri, a small craft brewery located in a historical brewery from the 19th century, so as you can imagine, I do enjoy myself a nice farmhouse ale every now and then. On my time off I also like fixing up my bike and pickling or fermenting pretty much anything I can get my hands on 🧀 Holding strong to my French roots, I strive to bring France’s “bon vivant” way of life to Norway. Santé! 🥂