Methu Mwangi is a Tech Lead who has been in Cellulant for 3 years and is responsible for building and maintaining the payment gateway.
Methu describes himself as a problem solver who does not shy away from a challenge. He is customer centric and as such he enjoys working with the team to find the best solutions to customers problems.
In his free time he loves to travel and watch Sci-Fi movies…. “It’s entertaining to see what people imagine to be the future.” he says.
Methu shares his Cellulant story.
Where did you go to university? What did you study?
I studied at the Multimedia University (MMU) in Kenya and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology (BBIT).
What attracted you to Cellulant?
I used to hear about Cellulant back in the day when they used to sell ringtones long before MP3 ringtones were a thing. I actually did buy a few, it was prestigious to have these on your phone as ringtones back then.
One day I came across a job advert from Cellulant in tech and I was really curious to know what the company had been up to besides what I had known them for i.e. ringtones and to my surprise Cellulant was now powering digital payments across Africa. I wanted to be part of the team revolutionising the digital and mobile payments space in Africa.
What do you do at Cellulant?
I am a software engineer first, I also lead the team of engineers responsible for making sure the core of Cellulant payment gateway is always up and running. Being part of the core team means that my work is mostly behind the scenes. I ensure payments get delivered correctly to the merchants in the fastest way possible.
What drives you?
The desire to build something awesome. If other people are doing it, so can I.
What new ways of doing things will you keep from this past year?
Zooming out, sometimes we get lost with the flow. Once in a while, we need to pause, zoom out and look at the bigger picture. This is important to evaluate if you are heading in the right direction.
What are you looking forward to solving for the business this year?
Ease the process of acquiring new merchants by providing a seamless on- boarding experience & payments.
Reduce operational headaches by providing merchants with efficient self-serve tools to allow them to reconcile, reverse payments and get settled easily and faster.
What is something you wish you knew earlier in your life?
“The best time to start is now. Stop procrastinating, time moves faster than it seems. For any goal or commitment I make, the sooner I start working towards achieving it the higher the chances of achieving it. “
What achievement are you most proud of?
We built three major versions of the payments gateway with the latest version being the platform that is powering the transition from a project lead to product lead organisation.
Am proud to see that customers are always excited to see their problems resolved with each release. And a bonus for me is the use of the latest technology and architecture, such as scalable micro services, which comes as a huge learning opportunity.
What is the best career advice you have received so far?
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.
As engineers, we have a habit of trying to figure things out on our own. You should always set a maximum time to work on an item after which you need to ask for help. There is a high chance that you are not the first person to encounter the challenge.
Describe Cellulant in one sentence
People with the audacity and the vision to build the best payment platform in Africa.