Yeah, it's a very small team. I remember distinctly me and my mom met up during the weekend, maybe there was more family involved, but I distinctly remember my mom asking basically in the lighter way "What the hell are you doing? What is this manodrabuziai.lt?
"Which is how Vinted was called at that time. "Why are you leaving this well-established company for this weird small company, and there's no safety, etc." I distinctly remember explaining to my mom that it's really all about growth. My primary motivation for joining Vinted at the time was growth. I knew that whatever happens in the next couple of years, maybe the company will crash and burn, you never know, it's a startup. Whatever happens, I'm gonna learn a lot. Because at that point I already knew that the company has received investment, and there's gonna be growth. You never know what will happen in 2 years, but there's going to be growth.
So, my primary motivation was growth. I had that growth mindset. I was ready to make mistakes, learn and figure out stuff. Then, when I became Head of Engineering, that's also interesting how that happened. Before me, there were no Engineering Managers at Vinted. I was the first Engineering Manager, and all the management was done on the product side. So, the Product Manager would also review Engineers' salaries, set goals, etc. Then our CEO decided "We need to create this, we need to have Engineering Managers because this is not scalable, the way that we're doing it now." Because we were a small startup, we were doing some things in interesting ways, let's say. So, he put it to a vote. He created an issue on GitHub, where he asked all the Engineers to vote for who they think should be the Head of Engineering.