Our co-founders Matt Watson and Joao de Paula started Origin with one goal in mind: To help people reach financially healthy lives while creating a great place to work. In this series, get a behind-the-scenes look at life at Origin and hear first-hand from Originals about why they enjoy coming to work every day so much.
Meet our Staff Engineer, Guilherme Rosa! Guilherme currently lives in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and has been an Original for almost 1.5 years. When he’s not at work, he loves to unwind by going to the gym, spending time with his girlfriend, and going on long drives. Guilherme is also an entrepreneur at heart and dreams of launching his own startup or restaurant one day.
Check out our conversation with Guilherme if you want to learn more about the financial culture in Brazil and get his take on what makes Origin such a special place to work.
Q. What made you want to work at Origin?
I wanted to work on an early-stage startup with a product I like that could impact people's lives. Around the time I joined Origin, I was fascinated by the world of investing and finance, so the company was a perfect fit for me.
Q. Can you give us a behind-the-scenes look into a typical day at Origin?
The day of a software engineer at Origin is focused on coding and communicating. Communication is very important for us, which is why we use tools like Slack and Discord. We use these platforms to ask each other questions, join daily meetings, or just chat over a virtual coffee. When we’re not doing that, our team is coding or designing screens and the system architecture.
Q. What does financial wellness mean to you?
To me, financial wellness means freedom. It’s about being able to take a sabbatical when I want to or having the ability to start different projects without worries—like launching my own startup, owning a restaurant, or even working as an investor.
Q. What’s the best financial advice you’ve ever received?
Unfortunately, financial education isn’t a key part of Brazil’s culture. The default mindset here is to own a house, buy a vehicle, and work forever. Luckily, being in tech, I had access to financial influencers and was inspired to learn how to start investing on my own.
Q. What’s one thing that people interested in working at Origin should know?
You should know that Origin is a company that cares about you as much as it cares about its users. You can expect an awesome culture that will give you a lot of autonomy and reward you if you choose to exercise that autonomy to make Origin a better product or workplace.
Did you enjoy our conversation with Guilherme? If so, stay tuned to our “Meet The Original” series to get to know our other team members. Also, if you’re curious to learn more about what it’s like to work at Origin or want to check out our current job openings, visit our Careers page!