Hi 👋

I'm Borja Leiva

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I’m a product engineer, originally from Spain, currently based in London.
Software engineer by trade with a passion for business & product design.

SOME COMPANIES I HAVE DONE WORK FOR

Logos of companies Borja Leiva has done work for

Read my life story from the early days all the way til today.

2022

Explored Africa 🦁

Having visited Europe, America & Asia multiple times, I really wanted to explore Africa, and what a better way than a two week long trip across Mozambique and South Africa. Staying with locals, discovering paradise looking beaches and even going on safari!

Lead Software Engineer @ Alpima 👨‍💻

From the moment I joined Alpima I very organically started growing into a leadership position. From mentoring, to creating and leading new initiatives, by the end of my first year I became the tech lead of our core product, now managing a cross-functional team of 6 engineers.


2021

Moved back to London 🇬🇧

Decided to move back to London and put all my focus on my professional career and development across the year. 2020 was a big growth year for me, especially on the physical health side. 2021 is all about career, leadership and tech growth.

Sr. Software Engineer @ Alpima 🏔

Joined this fantastic team creating the next generation SaaS platform for investment management. Working across multiple different projects, maintaining our core product and developing new features for clients of the caliber of Natixis & BBVA.


2020

6 months on my fitness journey 💪

At around June 2020 I realised I needed to make a big change in my health-related habits, and so, I did. In December 2020, after almost 6 months of work, I decided to post a transformation picture.

Moved to Canary Islands 🏝

Not the best time to travel, huh? After 4 years of non-stop work in the UK and a very intense year of covid, I decided to go in pursuit of light and warmth. In September I left London to spend winter at the warmest place in Europe, Canary Islands.

Launched Sleam 🤖

I've always had a thing for improving processes in teams so I launched a slack app that makes agile retrospectives convenient, efficient and remote-friendly. A unique source of truth for your team's sprint feedback. Check it out!


2019

Explored Asia 🗺

Went on an amazing, eye opening adventure throughout Asia visiting Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Japan. I already loved Asia but now I really want to move there for a while.

Joined Acre 🏡

Wanting to get some real life experience inside a very young startup (at its seed stage inside an incubator) I joined this fintech startup in it's early days within Founders Factory in London.

Launched Jarvin 👨‍🏫

Went from idea to hundreds of users and documented the process as part of my dissertation with Jarvin. A platform for attendees and speakers to improve their communication during lectures. Read about it here!


2018

Launched Krowspot 📍

My friend @rameerez and I decided to spend a weekend building an MVP to validate an idea we had at the Web Summit. We went from idea to excel sheet, to built mvp all while streaming on Twitch (and we even got the frontpage of Science & Technology!)

Joined Capital One 💳

Wanting to experience what working in tech inside one of those big corporate financial institutions, I decided to join the one I had gotten to know had some of the most tech driven environments at the time. Had a fantastic time and met some truly amazing people!

Launched deckJS 👨🏻‍💻

I developed a Javascript library to easily create beautiful, fast and performant pitch deck looking websites using react, gatsby and bulma. Check it out!


previously

University in the UK 👨🏻‍🎓

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. I also ran the university’s tech society (ran 10 people team, organised events with hundreds of attendees and companies such as Github as sponsors), taught CS at high schools, worked as a TA, studied mandarin, work in sales at Apple on the side... an overall great experience!

My first websites 🧑🏻‍💻

The beginning of my web dev journey. After creating quite a few projects for fun using HTML, CSS, PHP and wordpress, I started my own SME website creation agency. Sucessfully delivered mutliple thousand dollar plus projects from the comfort of my bedroom.

My code went to Space 🛸

I participated in a program called Zero Robotics organised by NASA and the MIT in which we programmed spheres to move in a non-gravity environment and perform certain tasks. Our code ended up being ran on the ISS.

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