Hi! My name is Ronen Agranat. I’m a software engineer and people manager from Cape Town, South Africa. Welcome to my professional home on the web, where I post my first-hand experiences, stories and lessons learnt, in order to share knowledge, help others and have great conversations.

What’s on this website?

On my website, you can find out a whole lot about me: my CV, my blog articles, descriptions of projects I’ve worked on, and more about my interests.

What’s in it for you?

  • I’ll try to share useful information here that I found valuable – hopefully, someone will find it helpful.
  • If you’re interested in being mentored or coached, or even if you just want a second opinion on a project that you’re working on, or even a single line of code, reach out and let’s see what you’ve got going on
  • You can find my contact details as well as other social media links at the bottom of the page

Now, some more about me

I’m from the beautiful, sunny city of Cape Town, South Africa. I currently live in the somewhat less-sunny but also beautiful (in a different way) city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

I’ve been working with computers ever since I learned to program BASIC on my father’s Casio calculator from books at the primary school library. I built, sold and repaired computers during middle school, assembled electronic parts for flight simulator kits and created a user interface for knitting machines in a textfile factory… in Visual basic 6… that is still in use today :scream:

I studied electric & computer engineering at the University of Cape Town. While there, I won a Google competition and got to visit their offices in Zurich. I tutored C++, which is where I discovered a passion for people and leadership.

Following university, I was lucky enough to work for Amazon EC2 for 4.5 years, during a period of hypergrowth as the popularity of cloud computing soared. Fortunately, and perhaps surprisingly, the main offices for these services was in my home city of Cape Town.

I then worked at a FinTech start-up in Cape Town called Jumo which provides loans and other financial services via virtual mobile “wallets” which are connected to the phones of customers across Africa, and widely-used and highly popular in many African countries.

I moved to Amsterdam to work at Booking.com, which is the world’s largest online travel agent and one of the largest ecommerce sites (along with Amazon.com, of course).

But enough about me

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, so I can find out more about you and what you’re working on.

Until then, tot ziens!