Hi, I'm Altay

I like computers, coffee, typefaces, and working on things that are solving problems I empathize with.
I'm currently living in Berlin, working at Klarna as a software engineer, and spending time on some passion projects and little experiments on the side:
  • My eternal love putio's user-facing apps.
  • A payment gateway for Accept Nano cryptocurrency.
  • Detailed notes from the books I've read.
  • Playing video games, mostly on PC.

Who I admire

Those people contributed tremendously to my life.
  • Big three: Naval Ravikant, Derek Sivers, Mark Manson
  • Creative three: Austin Kleon, Brian Lovin, Matt D. Smith
  • Hacker three: Guillermo Rauch, Dan Abramov, Scott Wlatschin
  • Productive three: Seth Godin, Cal Newport, James Clear
  • Close-circle three: Hasan Yalçınkaya, Kemal Akkoyun, Berk Çapar

What I did

  • 2021, Apr: moved into a more-permanent flat after living in a furnished agency apartment for 2.5 years.
  • 2021, Jan: wanted to work closer to the product after an engineering-heavy year. Switched to Consumer Deals team in Klarna.
  • 2020, Oct: built this website. Inspired from numerous resources such as brianlovin.com, sivers.org, julie.design, and andymatuschak.org
  • 2020, Jan: joined to App Client Core team that is responsible for architecture, performance and many other things related to Klarna app.
  • 2019, May: got a promising offer from the Swedish fintech decacorn Klarna and joined to Marketing Touchpoint Infrastructure team. Worked on analytics and CRM integrations.
  • 2018, Oct: relocated to Berlin and joined Lisk, a blockchain startup. Worked on the mobile wallet and built some cool stuff such as react-native iMessage bridge. We had a chance to present it in the React Berlin meetup.
  • 2018, June: had a month-long London trip with colleagues, my first time abroad. Turkey had another non-promising general election that gave a hint of what will keep happening in the country.
  • 2017: joined putio, a cloud-storage service that downloads publicly available files at high speeds. Took over the web app and built clients for iOS, tvOS, Roku, and Smart TVs.

  • 2016: graduated and joined Vispera, a computer-vision and image recognition startup. Visualized data and built forms with a bunch of fields.
  • 2015 to 2016: front-end development internships at Taze and Peergust
  • 2015: did an incompetent yet motivating coding bootcamp. Quit all the off-school stuff to focus on graduating on time. Took classes from visual communication design and computer science departments. Learned a lot by building tangible things**, and met with many smart people.
  • 2013 to 2015: worked as staff writer at bant mag, an independent arts magazine. It was my dream job back then. Mostly worked on the news website, also wrote album/live-show reviews and did interviews for the monthly issue.
  • 2012: moved to Istanbul and started studying mechanical engineering at Istanbul Bilgi University.

  • 2010 to 2013: ran a music blog and internet radio called bagimsiz alternatif with tasteful friends. Our peak was around 30 listeners per show, so it radically shaped the culture.
  • 2010 to 2012: played around with Ableton and built some random stuff.
  • 2008 to 2009: published a fanzine called Uzak, with friends who were also poetically suffering from puberty.
  • 2007 to 2012: played drums in punk and alternative rock bands till the end of high school. Recorded a demo with the most memorable one, manevra.
  • 2007: built an unofficial website for my middle school. Took it down after one week because teachers read the comments written by students in the forum and threatened to sue me.
  • 1994 to today: wanted to become a footballer or do computer stuff. I'm still fairly good at FIFA.
  • 2000: moved to Antalya, Turkey
  • 1994: born in Kayseri, Turkey