Julian Amelung holds the position of Senior Software Architect at FinLeap. He joined the company builder in October 2015.
The first impression one gets from Julian is his passion to question the status quo. For him, asking questions is the key factor to innovation, because it provides the industry with a different perspective on issues.
Julian joined FinLeap in October 2015 as the Senior Software Architect after being introduced to the company by a mutual friend. Julian’s mission is to turn the business visions of FinLeap’s ventures into software architectures which enable both long term growth and also shorten the time to market. This enables FinLeap to build better products faster. As part of the tech team, he supports ventures in the early phases of development by providing tech, implementation, and design guidance. Moreover, Julian says that his favorite part of FinLeap are the people he gets to work with and the atmosphere. Today, we interviewed Julian about the ventures, the changes in the Fintech industry, and his job.
FinLeap.com: What is your part in the development process of a venture?
Julian: First, if someone has an idea to create a venture, a technical feasibility check has to be done. It finds out how to structure the idea in a way to make assumptions of the effort needed. Then, if a venture is already active, I support the team by finding out how to enhance the business model and revenue by using technology.
FinLeap.com: How do you keep up with the changing Fintech world?
Julian: The Fintech industry is moving very quickly because of all the technological inventions. For me the most enjoyable form of innovation is when business models are on technical steroids. Thus, to understand the drivers of innovation, my job is to keep up with all the fast moving industries, not just the Fintech world. I do so mainly by attending tech conferences, talks, and also by experimenting with new technologies.
FinLeap.com: How does your job at FinLeap differ from your past experiences?
Julian: I come from the consulting industry, the work I did there was in some sense similar to what I do at FinLeap, since both jobs involve consulting for technical decisions. In startups though, the atmosphere is more dynamic, agile and cooperative as compared to more established industries. FinLeap is the most agile environment I have worked in and that’s the reason I love to be here.
FinLeap.com: What is the most interesting part of your job?
Julian: The most interesting part is also the most challenging and that’s to build new thing with new technology as prototypes. I never know how long my creations will last, but this is in fact our biggest advantage. The faster we iterate the faster we learn.Apart from working at FinLeap, Julian’s first priority is spending time with his family. He is also an entrepreneur as he owns his own company. On the other hand, Julian loves travelling and playing with Legos.