Mark explains how Auderli has opened his eyes to financial planning in a way that will transform the future for his children.A quick introduction please Mark?
A quick introduction please Mark?
I'm Mark Waldron and I'm Auderli's Lead Architect and Developer. I'm originally from the Midlands, I studied maths and physics at Leeds University and then came to Brighton to do a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and knowledge based systems. I met my wife here and never left. We now have two great kids and live just outside of Brighton.
I've worked in various consultancy roles for trading platforms and start ups. I met Nick, Auderli's CTO, when we were working at a consultancy firm together. I've always been interested in the whole process of building a system. I like to see how the different elements of the whole work together, in particular the data side of things. A particular focus for me at Auderli has been security. Security and data come hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. My focus has been to look at the data we hold and how we keep it secure. At Auderli, security is our number one foundation so I pride myself on getting that spot on and adhering to the very highest security standards.
What appealed to you about working for Auderli?
Growing up I was never offered any financial advice - it just wasn't something that we talked about. I'm really keen to expose my family to financial planning much earlier, make it something my kids are always involved in, that they're not scared of. I don't want my kids to have to figure it all out for themselves. I've always seen Auderli as a tool that stays with you for life. My kids can add their money into it which soon become savings. Before I know it they'll be adding in work documents and car details, mortgages and insurances. Auderli helps to guide them and I'm hugely excited about building that tool for them to use. Something that really makes a difference.
What are you most proud of?
I like the way we work collaboratively at Auderli. The technical mind can see things in connected ways that others don't. In a big corporate I'd be pigeon holed into a technical box, but the Auderli culture of allowing me and others to contribute at all levels is really valuable to me. I think its makes not just the company stronger but the app itself definitely benefits from a more fluid approach to the way we work.
What's been your biggest challenge?
What we've built so far on Auderli is a drop in the ocean when it comes to what's planned for the future. My biggest challenge is to build strong foundations for the product so we can scale it in a way we don't even understand yet. It needs options and forward thinking. I've learned so much building it and had great fun doing it.
What's your favourite Auderli feature?
I think sharing has to be my favourite feature. It's what makes Auderli uniquely valuable. It opens the access to external help and knowledge which is the important piece or me.
What's in your Auderli?
For me as the Lead Architect on Auderli its less about what's in my Auderli and more about Auderli itself. I built that! I have created something that I can pass on to my family to use. I'm proud of the craftmanship and that's a great feeling. I always thought that managing finances was for doctors, solicitors and professionals but I've learned that it's for me too and by getting involved I can not only make a huge difference to my future but to my family's future too.