July 23rd, 2021
We’re excited to introduce the newest member of the Datawrapper team: Marten Sigwart is joining us as a full-stack software developer. As our team grows, we’ll be able to make Datawrapper better faster than ever, and Marten will be lending a hand to big and small projects that make our app more powerful and our users’ lives easier.
We asked Marten a few questions to get to know him better:
Hi, I’m Marten! Originally from Hamburg, I’ve just moved back to Berlin after living in Vienna, Austria for about four years. I love to code! But when I’m not tinkering with new ideas or side projects, you’ll probably find me exploring the city, enjoying an Aperol in the sun, or playing football ⚽️
I’ve got a master’s degree in computer science and had actually started pursuing my PhD. However, I’ve always had a passion for product development too. That’s why, about a year ago, I decided to leave academia without the PhD to spend more time building actual products, rather than producing academic papers. So for the past year, I’ve been working on some of my own projects while taking on freelance gigs every now and then to pay the bills.
Right before joining Datawrapper, my main project was ScribbleX:
ScribbleX is a social drawing game for iOS and Android which is based on the old parlor game of “exquisite corpse.” So if you like to draw and enjoy surrealist art, come check it out 🤗
While I loved the freedom of being an “indie developer,” working on my own was becoming a bit of a strain. I decided to join a team again — to be part of something bigger, to get to know new colleagues, and to learn and grow professionally.
Around the same time, I stumbled onto Datawrapper through Gregor’s GitHub profile, as I was using one of his open-source libraries, chroma.js, in one of my own projects. I saw that Datawrapper is based in Berlin and the product looked cool, so I decided to apply.
I’m joining Datawrapper as full-stack developer, so I will be working on Datawrapper’s app across the board. I’m looking forward to being part of a team and to learning what it takes to build a successful product and company.