Team Talks with Symeon Breen

Meet our Chief Technical Officer, Symeon Breen.

Tell us a bit about your background

I am a programmer to trade and have worked on a wide variety of systems, from finance through travel and hospitality to emergency service command and control systems. I have worked extensively on high availability high transaction systems for some global players in travel and hospitality. Over the past ten years I have been a key member of the Manchester tech start-up community leading several tech companies to success in this time.
What drew you to Hello Soda?
Firstly the focus, passion and desire of the exec and wider team are a real inspiration. Secondly the global challenges around identity are a fascinating problem and Hello Soda are placed to make a massive impact in this field.

Tell us a bit more about your role at Hello Soda

I look after the technical strategy of Hello Soda including engineering, infrastructure and data science. It is a typically varied CTO role which means I have to be technical one minute in architectural discussions with the tech team, and business oriented the next when involved in decisions on how our products and technology are appropriate to the marketplace.

What’s your favourite thing about working at HS?

The pace. Things move fast within technology and we are very much part of that in Hello Soda. We have very talented people in the business that are able to react quickly producing innovative scalable solutions that add real value to our products and customers.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation – I love visiting places, but the travel there can be tiresome.

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself

I love eating hummus, drinking wine and reading SciFi. Not necessarily at the same time.

What’s your office song of choice?

This one’s a tough question as I like a wide variety, but I think Pharrell Williams – Happy , as I am a happy kind of guy and it is a happy kind of office 🙂

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