Product Owner at Telefonica:

Karen, from the USA, was working for Facebook before making the decision to learn code and move to Berlin!

What led you to SPICED?

For many years I have been surrounded by software developers building ideas that we came up with during our spare time. This became frustrating to watch them take actionable steps towards our dreams, while I just sat on the sidelines guiding waiting until I could work on marketing or other business development responsibilities after they’ve finished. The decision to come to SPICED was to free myself from these restrictions and start building projects for myself. I couldn’t be more happy with this decision. Learning full-stack Javascript put me in the same stack as most companies and other developers, so integration with them is pretty seamless. Berlin was also a fantastic location. The development community here is working on very tough, infrastructure challenges that other cities, even Palo Alto and New York, don’t seem to be addressing.

What are you doing after graduating from SPICED?

I will be working as a Product Owner and Developer Evangelist at, a startup-spinoff of Telefonica building a new ecosystem for the IoT. It’s my job to build out the side of the business that faces developers of new IoT devices, making SDK’s, documentation and communities that promote developers of all levels to build new physical items connected to the internet. I look forward to hopefully working with SPICED academy students to build out their products!

What was your biggest challenge during the bootcamp and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge for me was time management. I was working a full-time job while taking the courses, so it was quite overwhelming at times. Projects are on a weekly basis so there isn’t much time to adjust schedules. Thankfully as the course progressed I learned ways to automate my job and sped things up quite a bit!

What did you like about your SPICED experience?

Many things! The staff are probably the best, always encouraging logical thought processes and personal decision making throughout every step. They valued each person’s perspective when it came to solving problems, so in a group of 8 we would see 8 different ways to tackle the same issues. This diversity was invaluable in a learning setting.

Anything else you’d like to share with our reader?

My main piece of advice is to remember to Google everything and read as much documentation as you can. The teachers at SPICED offer one of the best-guided curriculums towards web development, but in a field that is ever expanding it’s helpful to go above and beyond learning more about the possibilities available to you. There’s only so much that can be squeezed into a day of lessons!


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