In the fast-paced world of tech, fostering a culture of collaboration is often the key to innovative breakthroughs and steady growth. MochaLabs was born in 2022, and in less than a year, we have grown into a team of almost 40 people.
Navigating this growth requires not only the quick adaptation of effective practices but also the implementation of strategies that stand the test of time. As we continuously expand our team, we took a moment to sit down with our co-founder and CTO Matej Serbec to talk about what defines the engineering culture in MochaLabs.
Discover how he managed to foster a collaborative spirit right from the start, while preparing the team to not only welcome new members but also navigate the dynamic growth of our products.
Take on exciting technical challenges
The dynamic landscape of our products brings several exciting technical challenges to the forefront at MochaLabs. Here’s how Matej defines them:
1. Explosive growth & scalability
After our trading platform skyrocketed to 100k users almost overnight, we’re focused on architectural improvements and code optimization to support our ambitious future plans.
2. AI & Algo trading
We’re pioneering the integration of generative AI to transform algorithmic trading, adding an innovative layer to our products.
3. Data-driven development
Our products are data-intensive by design. We’re mastering real-time data processing and building robust pipelines for making data-informed decisions.
4. TypeScript excellence
We invest heavily in mastering TypeScript, ensuring we’re updated with its every nuance and new development. That way, we pave the way for becoming a go-to destination for top-tier web product development.
Matej says that by addressing these challenges head-on, “we’re not just solving technical issues but also shaping the future of trading and iGaming technologies.”
Ensure state-of-the-art methodologies and tech
At MochaLabs, each new project integrates the latest tech trends. Coupled with a commitment to continuous delivery, this ensures our platforms are always up-to-date and scalable from day one.
Matej emphasizes that our product success mandates the use of cutting-edge infrastructure:
“Every product is designed with scalability in mind. Anticipating potential rapid growth, we ensure our technological backbone is robust from inception, ready to support a potential 10x team expansion.”
Furthermore, we prioritize dedicated R&D time. Our engineers participate in “Tech Talk Fridays” for knowledge sharing, ensuring we’re collectively at the top of emerging technologies.
Another thing we prioritize is hiring senior talent who can bring fresh knowledge and views into our already talented team.
Matej’s idea is simple: “Always hire people smarter than yourself!“
By combining top-tier talent, continuous education, and a commitment to using state-of-the-art tools, we’ve built a culture designed for technological excellence.
So, what does define the engineering culture at MochaLabs?
Culture is crucial for many engineers when considering a new role. As our team grows, so does the need to establish clear principles that shape our culture. Matej emphasizes and explains these four pillars:
1. Open collaboration & autonomy
Our collaboration is built on attention to detail, ensuring each member understands and contributes effectively to the codebase. We encourage detailed pull requests and a friendly environment, steering clear of micromanagement. Engineers are trusted to own their tasks fully.
2. Feedback culture
Leaving your ego at the door enables a culture of humility and collaboration. We talk to each other and continuously learn from each other. Matej highlights that your initial skill set opens our door, but your growth mindset is what keeps you in.
3. Product-centric mindset
We focus on building streamlined, cross-functional teams that value quality over just task completion. We’re not just about getting it done — we emphasize getting it done right. We invest time in building our teams and products in a way that stands the test of time.
4. Experience & expertise
We hire senior professionals and provide them with our vision, freeing them to apply their expertise in ways they see fit for the product.
As we scale, the challenge lies in growing our team while sustaining our high-quality engineering standards. We prioritize hiring senior talent who can bring fresh knowledge and views to our already talented team. Our engineering team is always open for a chat, so check out our open positions and drop by the office for a quick coffee.