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Hi, I'm Altay

I like computers, books, coffee, and building 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 on the side.
Before Klarna, I worked on the open source mobile application of Lisk.
Before moving to Berlin, I lived in Istanbul and built web, iOS, tvOS, Roku, Chromecast, and Smart TV apps of put.io, which I'm still a part of.
You can find me on Twitter, where I complain and post photos of my workspace, or drop me an email.
Thanks for visiting my website!

People I admire

Those who contributed tremendously to my life during the past few years.
 

Timeline

My journey so far.
  • 2021, Apr: moved into a more-permanent flat after living in a furnished studio for 2.5 years.
  • 2021, Jan: switched to Consumer Deals team in Klarna to work closer to the product after an engineering-heavy year.
  • 2020, Oct: built this website. Inspired from numerous resources such as brianlovin.com, sivers.org, julie.design, and andymatuschak.org
  • 2020, Jan: switched 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 Klarna and joined Marketing Touchpoint Infrastructure team. Worked on CRM integrations and a bunch of MVPs for the Consumer Growth and Loyalty domain.
  • 2018, Oct: relocated to Berlin and joined Lisk. 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 put.io, the company changed my life. Took over the web app and built more apps for iOS, tvOS, Roku, and Smart TVs.

  • 2016: graduated and joined Vispera, a computer-vision and image recognition startup. Visualized various types of 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 a bit 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, 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 now: wanted to be a footballer or do computer stuff. I'm still fairly good at FIFA, playing since FIFA 98 (the one with the indoor stadium).
  • 2000: moved to Antalya, Turkey
  • 1994: born in Kayseri, Turkey