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Meredydd Luff

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Meredydd Luff, the CEO and cofounder of Anvil, a platform for building full-stack web apps entirely in Python. He has a PhD in building usable programming systems from Cambridge University and he wants to make programming more accessible for everyone. Meredydd talks about the importance of finding your “and” – the secondary skill that adds value to you. He also discusses why bringing your unique offerings to your IT career can make all the difference.


Meredydd Luff

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Look for what your personal “and” is. If you are just a developer then that’s okay, but it’s always best to be one thing “and” another. This makes life much more interesting and yourself much more valuable.
2) Find the thing that is interesting to you, and upon which you can offer a unique perspective, and bring that to your IT career.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

After completing a huge amount of work, Meredydd discovered that his system had been built upon degraded hard disks. This led to a huge outage for a popular messaging system in the Philippines.

Career Highlight

Starting and building Anvil – taking the complete system from an idea to fruition, and the experiences learned along the way.

The Future

As cloud services and the like continue to grow, it has meant that the doors are open to far more people. So long as people have the drive to do so, the IT sector is open to all.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Meredydd was attracted to the creative component of IT.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

That studying something we enjoy is fine, and can sit well alongside a serious career.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

That he should have taken the money over a route that seemed more fun.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Meredydd would begin tinkering with systems a lot earlier than he did.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Refining and perfecting Anvil and turning into the best system it can be.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being an extrovert, caring about others, and curiosity.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Running a startup!

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Flying airplanes and ballroom dancing.

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