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After working for tape.tv I decided to stay in the glooming Berlin Startup world and joined a small company which would later be called Styla - settings sails to conquer the online magazine and content commerce market on an international scope as a SaaS.

Screenshot of the Styla.com Homepage

I became part of 10-man-sized team (including founders) sitting in a shared office, drinking Club Mate. The startup vibe was real and I felt very much at home. I quickly found my role in the 5-man-sized development team as a Frontend Developer. Since the main application was also written in Backbone.js I began implementing new features and core improvements soon after.

Since being a SaaS there is always work for specific clients involved. I ended up building entire websites from scratch for clients like Ludwigbeck, Boohoo and PKZ. All of them are built with OctoberCMS, a very flexible CMS based on PHP, and hosted via AWS. Additionally for Ludwigbeck I was also responsible for the entire UI/UX design and integration of their existing Brand and Events APIs.

Screenshot of the Ludwigbeck MagazineScreenshot of the Boohoo Stylefix MagazineScreenshot of the PKZ Magazine

Today Styla employs over 60 employees in a proper office and is still growing. We greatly improved our infrastructure by splitting our service up in multiple Microservices, mostly running on Node.js and React.js. Currently my job is to develop, improve and maintain some of those Microservices as a full-stack developer, improve our technical SEO capabilities and help clients implement our service. As everyone in the company I'm involved in developing a completely new layout engine for our magazines, using a machine learning approach.

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