Seasoned Skillets: Kris Ekenes, Software Engineer

Seasoned Skillets: Kris Ekenes, Software Engineer

May 10, 2019
Skilljar News & Updates

‘Seasoned Skillets’  is our series designed to showcase the Skilljar team behind the business. These folks (aka Skillets)  are developing, designing, writing, calling, measuring, analyzing, and more to propel Skilljar forward as a market leader in the customer education industry. Next up, Kris!

How did you hear about Skilljar?

I found out about Skilljar through a recruiter. As I previously worked in the education space, I was intrigued by how Skilljar was able to quickly become a best-in-class customer training platform. After meeting the team and discovering how inviting everyone was, I was sold.

What does your role here entail?

I write code each day to create new features and enhance existing features for Skilljar customers.

What advice would you give someone getting into software engineering?

Learn everything you can and ask any and all questions you might have. The more you learn,  the more you can contribute to your team and your company.

What makes someone successful in engineering at Skilljar?

Empathy! It helps considerably to understand where the customer or prospect is coming from and how we can help address their unique needs.

Skilljar is a fast-paced, rapidly changing place. What’s your advice for navigating (and excelling) in the startup environment?

I would reiterate the importance of asking questions and challenging yourself. It is important to work outside your comfort zone and have an impact in all different areas of the job. By challenging yourself, you will develop a differentiated skillset that will contribute to your personal growth and the growth of your team.

Favorite Skilljar perk?

Unlimited coffee!

How do you manage your work/life balance?

Like many startups, it can be easy to get caught up in your work each day, but I believe it is my responsibility to set boundaries of when work ends and my outside life begins. That said, Skilljar as a company is great at respecting the boundaries I have set.

Favorite place to visit in Seattle?

Anywhere near the water.

If you were going to offer a course online, what would it be about?

I have actually created, crafted, edited and contributed to quite a few online courses. Most of them involve programming but a personal passion of mine is Roman History. I would love to do an online course on Roman History (preferably the Augustine Period).

Interested in joining Kris at Skilljar? Click below to check out our available job opportunities.  


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