Whale Hello There!

Here’s the bit about why we exist:

In the days before Skiller Whale, tech team learning was mostly treated as a self-serve perk, like office biscuits. This didn’t cut it for our founders.
A photograph of the Skiller Whale team in a garden.
A photograph of the Skiller Whale team in a garden.

Skiller Whale was created to be something very different:

Learning that is core to how an engineering team operates, not a fringe add-on or an after-thought.
Learning that aligns with business priorities and changes what the team is capable of.
And we’re called Skiller Whale because … well, our love of puns knows no bounds.
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The Team:

Hywel (Co-FOUNDER)

Hywel has led a wide range of dev teams for the past decade (including two VC-backed start-ups), and is a published curriculum author. He wrote his first program in C aged 9, and is currently building an 8-bit computer. He also plays saxophone for a funk band.

Dave (CO-FOUNDER)

Dave has managed data and software teams and projects for the last decade, for the Ferrari F1 team, and in edtech startups. When he’s not indulging a lifelong obsession with jazz piano, he’s also learning how to raise two small humans.

Hayley (CO-FOUNDER)

Hayley has been the first commercial/marketing lead for 2 edtech start-ups, after running her own professional training company for 7 years. In her spare time, she's currently teaching herself pottery, oil painting and maths.

Channon

Channon has been working in Education Technology for over 10 years, during which time he has built the commercial teams for 4 start-up / scale-up organisations. Fun facts about Channon include: he currently lives in Hong Kong, he once played Simba in the Lion King in the West End and he’s a keen but lapsed musician (pianist, saxophonist).

Fred

Fred has led tech teams for 15 years, including as ‘Chief Wizard’ (!) at Texperts, and CTO at Dressipi. An open source contributor, Fred was named ‘Ruby Hero’ in 2012. When he isn't running half marathons, Fred enjoys wind turbines and hanging out with his cat, Luna.

Lea

Born in Austria, raised in New Zealand, educated in London and Boston, Lea eventually settled in Mexico. Having participated in hackathons for companies like Lego, Hubspot and Nestle, she built the commercial operation of a travel-tech startup. In her spare time, Lea loves spinning classes, running, and tacos.

Heather

Heather began her career as a chemistry teacher, and moved into software engineering in 2018 with the help of the lovely folks at Makers Academy. In her spare time, she is creating her own garden paradise and loves reading about theology.

Henry

Henry took an unusual journey into tech - a philosophy teacher at Oxford, he began researching digital humanities and developing online software for teaching coding. He then moved into freelancing as a developer. In Skiller Whale, he's finally able to combine his love of teaching with coding. Despite living in Barcelona, Henry contends that he is and always will be a Londoner.

Kamen

Kamen has been applying machine learning to impactful problems since 2018. Based in Bulgaria, but educated in Edinburgh, Kamen loves video games as an art medium, playing the piano, and cycling. In his spare time, you’ll find him traveling and sampling new cuisines (Thai is a firm favourite).

Matthew

Matt co-founded Bytemark, an internet company that was briefly popular with British nerds. He's a treasurer at One Tenth Human, a theatre company that makes science-inspired shows for kids, and likes to use his children to practice weightlifting.

Georgie

Georgie’s background is in philosophy, with a particular focus on epistemology and philosophical logic. This grounding is particularly relevant for her role at Skiller Whale, where she spends a lot of her time thinking deeply about our hardest problems. In her spare time, you’ll find Georgie practicing yoga, or hiking to a great wild swimming location.

Allie

Allie grew up in Oregon but now is firmly rooted in the English countryside of Sussex. Following her Masters at Edinburgh and her MBA, Allie has been a devoted member of the London start-up scene. She applies her start-up skills to her home life: raising two young kids and (pretending to) train a dog. In her very minimal spare time you’ll find her boxing or baking.

What’s Important to Us (And What’s Not):

Read about our company values here.

We strive to be intelligent, playful learners, like our Orca, Ada (yes, we love a Lovelace reference).

These principles define who we are, not only as a company providing a product, but also as a group of people working together.

Our culture:

We believe that diversity makes us stronger and are dedicated to building a company that represents society as a whole. We value marginalised people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort.
We value honest and open communication, and we believe that in order to foster an environment that enables this, it’s important that our team feel included, recognised and like they can bring their full selves to work.

The Team:

Careers at Skiller Whale:

We're dedicated to building a diverse company that represents society, and we believe that diversity makes us stronger. It's also important to us that our team can bring their full selves to work, and be included and recognised.
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