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‘Golden era’ for UK tech: GoCardless attends Tech Nation 2017

Optimism was certainly in the air today at the Tech Nation event, where the UK’s brightest technology minds gathered to discuss the newly released report from Tech City.

Despite Brexit looming on the horizon, the UK tech scene is well-equipped to make the most of the country’s departure from the EU. As the digital capital of Europe, the UK secured £6.8 billion in tech investment in 2016, over 50% more than any other European country. That's likely to stand the country in good stead as its EU divorce gets underway.

Although the lion’s share of investment is still London-centric, the rest of the UK is starting to grab its share of the pie too. The shape of digital tech investment is changing and regional players are now accounting for two-thirds of UK tech investment; that’s £4.6 billion.

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All fun and games until you start with GameDays

As a payments company, our APIs need to have as close to 100% availability as possible. We therefore need to ensure we’re ready for whatever comes our way: from losing a server without bringing the API down, to knowing how to react if a company laptop is compromised.

To accomplish this we run GameDay exercises. What you will read below is our version of a GameDay. We hope that by sharing how we do GameDays we can give you a starting point for running your first GameDay.

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What keeps the GoCardless engineering team motivated?

The UK tech scene is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies constantly on the hunt for great developers to join their ranks. With so much choice out there, developers can afford to be ultra-picky when choosing a job.

Today’s tech companies offer a wide range of perks to attract the best developers ahead of the competition. These can range from office treats such as well-stocked beer fridges and team lunches, to joining bonuses, conference budgets, and company holidays.

It’s great having office pizza for lunch. But when considering that all-important next career move, many developers also search for more meaningful factors in their work environments.

GoCardless recently won the Techies 2017 prize for ‘Best Place for Developers to Work’. In the process of creating a great work environment for all our people, we’ve learned a few things about what developers want in a role.

We chatted to some of our engineering team to find out what they look for in a role and what attracted them to GoCardless.

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A day in the life of a Product Designer at GoCardless

Who am I?

I’m a Product Designer here at GoCardless, which means I design the interfaces our customers use when they interact with GoCardless products.

At GoCardless, we maintain a number of products that create the experience our customers know and love. There's the dashboard, where our customers control their payments, our payment pages where they sign up new customers, and the admin screens where our operations team provide customer support.

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We’re launching our new Sales Graduate Scheme - and we want YOU

At GoCardless, we’re proud to work with an incredibly diverse, driven and interesting team. We’re always looking for creative ways to hire and develop amazing people. So as we move into 2017, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our very first Sales Graduate Scheme.

In this post, we’ll answer the following key questions:

  • What does the grad scheme involve?
  • What’s the recruitment process like?
  • Why GoCardless? Why now?

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Our response to Cloudflare's bug disclosure

At the end of last week, Cloudflare and Google Project Zero published details of a security issue that affected sites using Cloudflare's web proxy service.

When triggered, the bug led to request data intended for different websites to be mixed together. This meant that a page served by website A could include the contents of a request made to website B.

Because of how widely Cloudflare is used - some measurements put around 5% of the web behind Cloudflare - this is a true internet-scale problem, and warrants a quick response from everyone involved.

As users of Cloudflare's proxy service, we've taken the time necessary to properly assess the risk to our customers and we've done that in partnership with Cloudflare's support team. While the risk to GoCardless data is extremely low, we'd rather be clear with our customers about what's happened.

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Announcing the launch of GoCardless Plus

We’re excited to announce our new service plan - GoCardless Plus.

With Plus, when you collect payments from your customers, your name stays at the forefront of their minds.

When using GoCardless Standard, customers see ‘GoCardless Ltd’ on their bank statements, followed by a mandate reference which includes your company name. However, only some banks display the second part of the reference we provide.

GoCardless Plus gives you your own Service User Number (SUN) for Bacs or Creditor Identifier (CID) for SEPA. Your customers will always see your business name on their bank statements, every time a payment is collected from their account on your behalf.

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GoCardless launches a new integration with ChartMogul

We’re excited to announce ChartMogul as our latest integration.

This is great news for those of you who are already using GoCardless to take payments for your subscription business. You can now use the power of the ChartMogul analytics platform to measure results, understand data and grow your business.

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Working with recruitment agencies: assessing effectiveness

Every company wishes that all potential candidates find them directly. However, that isn’t always the case. Although we want to keep recruitment spend to a minimum, we also need to face the fact that external agencies are one part of our sourcing strategy.

The scenario we found ourselves in about 6 months ago will be similar in other startups. We needed to grow fast and we saw numerous agencies come on board, either through contacts from hiring managers, referrals from other companies, or direct contact with the talent team. We suddenly realised we were working with about 25 agencies and we couldn't manage them effectively. It became frustrating for all parties involved.

Therefore, we decided to rethink our approach and put in place steps to get to know each agency properly, to understand how they will represent GoCardless, and how we can assess their performance. Moreover, we want to work with and manage a realistic number of relationships.

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Building our new developer experience: Part 1

Our API is at the heart of everything we do. Not only does it allow developers to build powerful Direct Debit solutions, but it also powers the GoCardless Dashboard along with our integrations with partners like Xero, Teamup and Zuora.

As engineers, we know firsthand the importance of having great resources at your disposal when you’re getting started with an API. So back in September we kicked off a major project to revamp our developer onboarding experience. We wanted to build something we could be really proud of and which would also delight our customers.

In this blog post, the first of a series of two, we’ll take you through the journey of building our new developer site from idea to delivery.

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