Thorleif Thorleifsson

Meet Mari - Frontend Developer / Designer

Welcome to Maritime Optima, Mari! Tell us a bit about yourself, about your background. Your education?

I’m a 27 year old woman with too many opinions. I have a bachelor degree in Interaction Design from the University of Oslo, and have been a frontend developer for about three and a half years.

A few fun facts about me:

What are your interests?

Harry Potter, cooking, interior design, gaming, Formula 1 and football (by football I of course mean the very famous Norwegian team Lillestrøm SK).

What have you been doing before you joined Maritime Optima?

Before joining Maritime Optima I was a frontend developer at Klaveness Digital, but the last ten months I’ve been on maternity leave.

There are so many digital maritime initiatives and start-ups around. What caught your interest in Maritime Optima?

The opportunity to be both a frontend developer and a designer really caught my interest, and after meeting the team I knew I would like it here. It’s hard to explain why I ended up in this firm, but it was a feeling in my gut that this was where I was supposed to be, combined with the huge potential for me to grow along with the company.

What are your favorite programming languages?

I would have to say TypeScript.

What are your responsibilities in Maritime Optima?

I’m hired to be both a frontend developer and a designer. As a frontend developer I spend my days writing code, participating in discussions, testing our products and so much more. Mainly being a part of the team that makes our vision possible, and builds it.

I will use my design background to give input to UX and design for both products; ShipIntel and ShipAtlas. Maritime Optima are focused on developing "easy to use and understand" software products and I think I can assist with my designer background.

What do you look forward to working with?

I look forward to working with everything, but I’m most excited about figuring out the design role in the team. 

What do you think might be the essential criteria for becoming a successful start-up?

Of course there has to be a need for the service or product in the market, but I think the essential criteria for becoming a successful start-up is great leaders. As a great leader you make the people around you want to go the extra mile, and this makes all the difference.

We aim to build a great team where everyone matters, thrives, develops their skills, and expands their knowledge because we believe such teams are inspired and committed and will find the best solutions for the customers, the company, the people working here, and the environment. How would you describe a great team? And what is important for you working in a company such as Maritime Optima?

A great team is a team where you can share knowledge, ask questions without being judged, and accept that we’re all different people. In a team we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but in a great team you play to each other's strengths, and you help each other when you’re struggling. You are only as strong as your weakest link, but in a great team you don’t blame the weakest link, you help them get stronger instead.

Working in Maritime Optima, it’s important for me to be a great team player, learn from all the great people I’ll be working with and make mistakes. If I’m making mistakes I know I’m both doing and learning along the way, and what more can I ask for?

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Ragnar Gladsø Wibe
Chief Accounting Officer, HR & Office Manager
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