Headline: meet polypoly: Felix Dahlke
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2021-08-09

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oday's interview takes us – online – to our colleague Felix Dahlke, the man who, together with his team, is responsible for setting up the cutting-edge technology at polypoly.

Felix, tell us, what exactly do you do at polypoly?

My team and I take care of the technology. With polyPod, we build a platform that has many technical components and we determine how the platform is built. I steer the team and, in consultation with the management, take care of the strategic planning so that we can optimally use the resources available to us in the sense of polypoly. In doing so, I constantly question our approach to make sure we are on the right track.

What does your daily work look like?

My job is very varied. From coding (editor's note: creating programming code) and developing, to planning, strategy and human resources, it's all there.
For example, I hire new people and take care of their induction by solving problems in code together. It's important to me to work practically and meaningfully with people rather than process-driven. I am primarily concerned with people, not processes. I have had very good experiences with this way of working, even in larger organisations.
Then there are, among other things, the areas of planning and strategy, as well as setting priorities. So what do we do when with which resources and in which order. That is an important part of my job.

How did you actually end up at polypoly?

At my last employer – a start-up – I was part of the management and responsible for the technology. Together with the team, we turned the small start-up into a successful company with 250 employees.
After 8 years, I was considering becoming an independent consultant and devoting myself to new challenges. But things turned out quite differently, because an acquaintance who knows polypoly very well told me about it. I found the idea of a decentralised platform very interesting and the team around the idea generator and co-founder Thorsten Dittmar very impressive. My motto has always been better to do the wrong thing with the right people than to do the right thing with the wrong people, so I accepted the challenge. And at polypoly we have both, the right people and the right thing – an exciting idea with many challenges: What more could you want?

What do you particularly like about your job?

I like technical work, a lot of variety and working with the team. In addition, there are always new challenges and solving problems. Building a platform on which other developers build is particularly appealing to me. The chance to develop such a platform is extremely rare in my industry.

What do you see as the biggest challenge, personally and for polypoly?

The biggest challenge for me at the moment is to find my own role, as I have only been with polypoly for about a year. By this I mean, for example, the correct assessment of technical efforts and the operation of an appropriate expectation management.

 For polypoly, the challenge will be to gain a foothold with our platform – the polyPod. Building such a platform is a big challenge, partly because we have limited resources and budget. That is why attracting more investors and cooperative members is so important for us. The more budget we have, the faster we can create the development environment we need to move forward with building the polyPod and making the idea of polypoly a reality. I believe that everyone should have control over what happens to their own data. At the same time, I realise that companies cannot innovate without access to this data. It's a pretty tricky problem, and the status quo is definitely not the best solution. I believe humanity can find a much better way, and I am proud to be part of a team that is working on exactly that.