Insider Magazine: Second Episode – Wilson (Software Architecture, WeLab Bank Tech)

Want to find out more about life of a WeLabber? Read on…Q: What incentivized you to join WeLab after graduation?Having the experience of different IT roles at various financial organizations in HK, I was very inclined to work at a bank - and a non-traditional one at that. I had a strong preference to work at a relative new company as I appreciate the opportunities to connect and bond with coworkers in different departments.Q: Were your coworkers, friends, and family surprised at your decision to join us?At that time, most people had an impression of ad-hoc and disorganised about start-ups, and so did my friends and family. They expressed their concern about my move to WeLab. But I had a different thought and an unique perspective on the matter.Q: Could you elaborate a little further?Well, WeLab Bank was a start-up at the time — and we were working in the most tightly regulated field as a company with limited experience. This mismatch between experience and the level of surveillance was undoubtedly going to be slightly messy, but precisely it did open up new doors for the whole banking industry, as people say, “disrupting the market”.Q: What makes WeLab unique?I view WeLab Bank as the platform to create changes — which is a three-step process. We must first change our own perspective, then influence the industry, and finally use that as a ticket to deliver real changes in our world. Think about how some businesses single-handedly changed the food-delivery market, and subsequently everyone’s lifestyle.Q: After working here, what are the qualities of WeLab that you admire the most?Here, I truly feel that everyone’s equal, and everyone’s voice is heard. WeLab values our department’s creativity and ideas, and we are empowered to freely put our vision into practice. Many ideas of ours were spontaneous, and we would get our hands dirty immediately by trying them out. Unlike traditional businesses, our fast-moving process really saves us a lot of time. The layers of bureaucracy typically would cost significant delays to traditional businesses’ work — taking up to 2-3 months for an approval, and half a year to implement plans. Here, two-three weeks are all we need, as long as we comply with the legal & compliance rules.If you guys are interested, drop your cv here!