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Lead Developer leaves tech giant TomTom for a transport start-up ChainCargo

We are very pleased to announce that ChainCargo has welcomed Rick van Elk as our new Lead Developer. Rick has been with TomTom for 5 years and has successfully worked as a Tech Lead at the PSA program where they developed the build-in navigation software for multiple car-brands including Peugeot, Citroën and Opel. During the last year at TomTom Rick was Tech Lead for the Demo-Team where he and his team created demo’s and Proof of Concepts for shows such as CES, IAA Mobility and ITS World Congress.

We are all confident that Rick will take on his new responsibilities with the same enthusiasm and professionalism. As a Lead of the Development within ChainCargo Rick supports the development team in order to grow the ChainCargo solution. Next to that he also acts as a TechLead / Architect to support the technical challenges we face during the development process.

These are Rick thoughts about his switch from TomTom to ChainCargo, the team and the future of development within the transport sector.

Why did you leave a leading technology company for a start-up? I’m result driven and always looking for big challenges. Within a start-up company, the result of the team and deliverables are directly related to the result of the company. In my opinion, this is the ultimate challenges where I can have a big positive impact on the companies result.

What’s your plan for a coming year? Next to the new and exciting features, we want to deliver for the ChainCargo application, my goal is to create a team where developers can grow in their career and have fun doing so.

What is important to you as a team leader? Team spirit is in my opinion key, with a high team spirit the quality of the deliverables will increase. Next to that, it’s important to that we as a team can be proud of the software we create on a daily basis.

What development trends do you see that might transform the transport sector?

I think in the current transport sector sustainability is key for a better future. In order to increase that there is a need for online data-driven platforms. The use of a MicroService architecture is here critical to create a scalable environment that can handle the complexity of a global supply chain.

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