Digital all-rounder: Florian's exciting Agrando journey
No matter if it’s about designing, coding or photographing: Florian Fröhlich is a real handyman. Literally every big company was after him, yet he decided to join a start-up with an unique and strong vision: Agrando. Since then, the "quick-change artist" has experienced an exciting journey at our company and can fully contribute all his talents. Whenever he dances with the team at a barbecue in the summer rain or plays video games with stranded colleagues at night, he knows it was exactly the right decision.
In just two years, Florian Fröhlich transformed from the very first permanent designer to a Frontend Developer. In this article he reveals how his journey began, what he’s currently working on and what confirms him every day to be part of our mission.
Hello Florian, would you please describe yourself in three sentences?
I was born and raised in beautiful Dachau and just love the location of my hometown: nestled between Munich and the wild mosses and fields of the outback. When I'm on vacation, I like to discover the world and travel distant countries with my partner and friends, especially on an individual road trip through the country. I discovered my love for designing and coding back in 2005 when I was 14 years old and got my first own computer.
How did you end up at Agrando?
I still remember that cold December day: A recruiter contacted me via social media. Already in the cover letter, the word "startup" jumped right out at me, because usually only big companies contacted me. Without going a long way round the personal contact to the Agrando founders Jonathan and Jonas was quickly established. Our first conversation revealed that the company was still in its infancies. I saw the opportunity to help build an exciting startup - that's when my fire was ignited. I still remember exactly how I sent an email with first designs as kind of “trial work” after a few nights on Christmas Day. The very next day I got an answer from Jonathan, finding a job offer attached. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, more than two years later, I am almost an Agrando veteran and still fascinated about the dynamics in the company.
So what do you actually do here all day long?
In the morning you can find me in the developer standup, our 10-minute meeting where all developers inform each other about the current status of their work. Then I decide which feature I'm going to focus on today, analyze and plan the individual tasks, and then start to code. During the day, I work closely with the product team and discuss details about requirements or the design personally with Maggy or Alex. Towards evening, when the office slowly empties, I'm at my best: I upload the new or changed code to the test server, where my colleagues do a review later.
If there is need for new photos, I sometimes spend a day in the countryside with Johannes and eagerly take pictures of farmers talking to retailers or of cows in the cowshed. After work you can find me either training on the sports field, dancing or on the road as an event photographer in Munich.
What does your "Funny Title" say about you?
In a startup, it's important to be adaptable and positive about change. I think this kind of openness is an art in itself that everyone who wants to be part of a startup should have. When I joined the small team at Agrando, I was the first permanent designer alongside Johannes, who was a working student in charge of design tasks. A few months later, I was responsible for a team of three as Head of Design. When we restructured our teams, I moved to the development team as an user interface designer, and now I'm continuing my "journey" as a frontend developer. In that sense, I think "transformation artist" is quite apt and I'm sure the transformation is a constant process and actually never finished.
Where is your favorite place in the office? And why?
My favorite place is the large window on the north side. From there, you can see straight onto the O2 Tower and the major construction projects. It's an inspiring sight because things are always moving forward there. During the day, when I want to clear my mind, it always helps to briefly open the window, let my gaze wander over towards the Olympic site, and get some fresh air. And in the evening with the lights on, it's also a beautiful view of the urban side of Munich.
Tell us about your best Agrando moment.
Over the past two years, we've made a lot of great memories, for example at our summer party at Lake Starnberg. There we stood directly on the shore at a secluded lake property under two pavilions in the warm summer rain with music and good food. It was like a barbecue party with friends. We definitely always have a great time at our developer team events, too. One evening we were in the office until late at night and played video games together because Alex had missed his train and we waited with him for the next one to depart.
What makes Agrando special in your eyes?
Agrando is a team of highly motivated young or young-at-heart international professionals. For me, this simply results in an incredibly inspiring and multicultural working environment, which I have never experienced in this form before. Even though we have grown quite a bit as a company in the meantime, there is still that "startup vibe". You get the good feeling that you can contribute your own ideas and thus make a difference. It's also great to see how partners and family are integrated with us and are also welcome at every team event.
What is also crucial for me is that we have dedicated ourselves to a very important cause with our mission, and that is the digitization of agriculture - a revolution that is a pleasure to be part of.
The team behind Agrando is our centerpiece, because without them nothing of what we do for agriculture would be possible. Who these people are, what drives them to shape modern agriculture with Agrando - you can find out in our interview series "My Agrando Story". Each Agrando team member introduces themselves and their personal story.
Would you like to become part of the Agrando vision? Then take a look at our career page. We are always looking for dedicated talents who want to actively shape agriculture!