Behind the bet with Diana Komolova

We're back with another behind the bet interview - this time with Diana, iOS developer in Krakow office. Find out more about her career story, current role and what excites her about William Hill!

Tell us a bit about you...

Transhumanist. Also a proud populariser of Asian food in the office kitchen.

Tell us about your role and what it involves?

I make iOS apps you can win some money with!

What excites you about tech at William Hill?

Even with some people leaving after the latest big changes, the mobile department is among the strongest ones in Krakow. Everyone is highly motivated and incredibly creative, which is why the quality of our mobile products has been constantly improving.

Which projects are you most proud of that you’ve worked on here?

Our most visible product is our app template, which is essentially a basic template for all of our native iOS apps with small product-specific variations. Its architecture is really what everyone in the iOS department can be proud of.

How do you go one better every day?

Remember that the only person you should be competing with is yourself, so quit comparing yourself to others and work towards your own dreams at your own pace.

Can you tell us a bit about your career story?

When I started coding, it was Java and then I got my first MacBook and an iPhone. I immediately fell in love with the ecosystem, and have since then pursued a career in the world of mobile development. Most of us carry powerful tools in our pockets, and those tools are mobile devices. One day, they’ll be replaced by something new – possibly wearables.

What made you decide to move to Krakow?

There’s no romantic story – my partner got a job offer, we packed our cat and moved.

What’s the best thing about living in Krakow?

As a woman, I have the most warming feelings to this city because of how brave women of Krakow are about claiming their own rights, and, in general, most of the locals I’ve met have been very supportive of me.

If we had just one day in Krakow what should we not miss?

Wawel and Kazimierz are mainstream and crowded - visit the Botanic Garden of the Jagellonian University (they have a beautiful lily pond). As an additional challenge, take an Uber to the Rydlowka museum.

If you could give one piece of advice to people looking to live in Krakow what would it be?

Get your mask ready!

Diana also took part in our Bookworm Friday series where she shared her top five book recommendations - check it out here: Bookworm Friday: Five Books Recommendations from Diana Komolova