Our CEO, Chris, used to be a doctor in A&E. Rotas were handed around on pieces of paper, people couldn’t swap shifts easily or fit work around their own lives, and there was no science behind the amount of cover planned per day. Scheduling was guesswork, it was messy, and it was generally a time-consuming nuisance for everyone involved.
Then Chris, who has a tendency of obsessing over a problem until he cracks it, got an idea. He began working on a project called Rotageek with Nick (our CTO) and Roy (our Chairman). The aim was to fix A&E staffing in Chris’ department, and then maybe take the tech to other areas of the NHS. Back then our ambitions were humble (these days punching above our weight is basically our comfort zone).
Long story short, a few years later, with Rotageek being a nice little side project, a neighbour and startup mogul called Peter convinced the part-time team of three to pitch for a startup accelerator. Rotageek got accepted and Chris, who has a tendency of never half-baking things, quit his job in medicine after 16 years of training. Nick and Roy jumped on board head first too, and that was the birth of Rotageek as we know it today.
We’ve grown up a lot since then but the backdrop to our growth has always been a genuine determination to solve scheduling for shift workers across all industries, whilst improving operational efficiency. We’ve never wanted to make tech that traps employees in an impossible work-life pattern, and we never ever will. This is why our product isn’t one-size-fits-all. You can’t buy Rotageek without the team going through an in-depth study of how your business works. This is what helps us find the really precise point where employee wellbeing and business efficiency meet to maximise each other.
We’re insanely obsessive about making really, really good tech, and we’re investing hugely into machine learning and AI.
Our goal isn’t simply to use some software to digitise the same old annoying manual shift-planning processes. Our goal is to create a step change in scheduling capabilities using data-driven, highly intelligent technology that is agile and works with an organisation and its people.
Today, Rotageek lives in London and Melbourne. We’re growing really quickly but our approach and our ambitions remain personal, and they always will. Everyone at Rotageek is dedicated to the cause. Our tech is our trademark, but our team and conviction are the things that make us stand out.
We’ve put a lot of energy into hiring the smartest people we can find, and we’ll bend over backwards to keep them. Our CEO is (really) devoted to making Rotageek the best place to work, and so while we work really, really hard, we definitely play hard, too. The result is a group of coworkers that can lean on each other, are proud of the next person, and are convinced that all good things are better shared.
Chris used to be an A&E doctor for 16 years, and that’s what inspired him to improve scheduling. He’s a relentless problem solver, who believes passionately in the power of great teams and experimenting. Chris has previously co-founded two other ventures, one of which is now Europe’s largest social network for health. He loves Formula 1 (and has kissed a few racetracks).
Roy is used to be Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital and was previously an advisor to the UK Government on the European Working Time Directive. He has now left his governmental and medical work behind to focus on his medical journal (AP&T) and chairing Rotageek.
Nick has nearly 30 years experience in IT, having worked with both startups and large enterprises. Nick has designed and developed systems that processed billions worth of revenue annually, and was CTO of what is now the largest social network for health in Europe (that’s where he met Chris). Nick’s number one hobby is to embarrass his daughters, but when that’s done he likes to cook, follow Australian Rules Football, and re-watch Back to the Future. “1.21 Gigawatts!”
Mia looks after our people using RotaGeek. She has four years experience working in retail and knows all about how inefficient scheduling blocks employees and businesses. Mia loves people and she loves tech, so liaising between the two is second nature to her. She’s happiest in the sun, loves to draw, and thinks all good stories start with good company.
David started his career at McKinsey & Co, followed by 10 years in banking as a retail analyst. He brings analytical rigour and practical strategic thinking to the team. When not working on scheduling puzzles, David sings in a band - one that he describes as “a definitely-not-making-it, mid-life-crisis covers band”. David is also a trained chef, briefly experimented with a pop-up wine-bar and loves nature.
Sofie has an eye for personable and strategic communications. She has worked with many leading tech brands, but she specialises in startups. Officially, her role is to make Rotageek’s communications authentic, playful and really engaging both internally and externally. Unofficially, she filters Chris’s next venture ideas. Outside of this Sofie is a champion showjumper and ballerina. She loves animals and has dibs on the (future) company dog.
Ged heads up product and operations for the Rotageek team. Prior to joining Rotageek, Ged spent four years living and working in China, where he became fluent in Mandarin and led operations and client relations for a Beijing-based startup. In his previous life, Ged studied European Law and began his career in the European Parliament.
João is an experimental particle physicist with a PhD from Imperial College London. He was part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson at CERN in 2012. He loves making what he calls “cool algorithms” that can take decisions really quickly. For the sake of good balance, João is also a Judo champion, rides a motorbike and plays the guitar.
Gabriel works on everything from apps to server code architecture. He has over seven years experience using .NET ecosystems, web technology and high-performance computing. When not working, he’s still coding: Gabriel loves to develop games, and also research cryptography and security. When he’s had enough of screens, a good book or a live gig are his go-tos.
Joseph has over a decade of experience in the software industry and has a knack for writing maintainable code at a cloud scale. Experience and mastery aside, he still feels no closer to solving the two hardest things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. Joseph is a fan of the Blackburn Rovers, BlackCaps and All Blacks (we’ve noticed the trend…).
Niall is a front end developer who focuses on UI styling and functionality, enabling smooth sailing for all Rotageek users. Prior to this he was a structural engineer in Melbourne and co-founded a software company that tracks construction productivity. Niall loves Formula 1, he plays the piano and guitar, and hosts a monthly singalong night at a Melbourne bar.
Claudiu is one of the design wizards behind Rotageek’s slick visuals. He’s constantly pushing to create a better product experience for our users. He is passionate about information architecture and the design work that shapes our surroundings. When he’s not looking after our looks, Claudiu is on travels exploring new places.
With years of experience and a genuine love for web, graphic and logo visuals, Ben can turn any ordinary project into a glimmering brand design. He’s always on the lookout for new things to learn. In his spare time, Ben likes to perform in musicals (or just generally sacrificing himself for the entertainment of others). He brings sweets into the office every week: “Got to keep everyone nice and fat so they can’t leave their computers” he says.
Daniil has years of experience creating award-winning visuals both as an independent designer but also as part of leading design teams working on multinational accounts. Daniil loves beautiful things and has a mission to turn unwieldy digital products into seamless, pixel perfect artworks. His flair for visuals translates into his personal life, too - Daniil is a photographer and cinematographer in his spare time.
Sam came to us from the New Entrepreneurs Foundation after studying Criminology at university. He has experience working on marketing strategy and is particularly interested in uncovering root causes of problems and finding creative ways to solve them. Sam used to DJ funk and disco music.
Miguel is our bridge between Data Science and Customer Success. He has years of experience working as a business intelligence consultant but his academic background is in physics. When he’s not solving complex scheduling puzzles, Miguel dances Argentine Tango. He also loves photography (which he used to do professionally) and martial arts.
Flasum speaks C#, Xamarin, React, Redux, CSS, Java, SCSS/SASS, ASP.NET MVC, Angular and snappy one-liners in English. He’s the one to save the day and “I’ve got this” has become a company-wide statement referencing his heroesque problem-solving ways. Aside of being a real tech talent Flasum loves climbing and scuba diving.