Lukas, you have two jobs and can divide your time between them to suit yourself. That sounds great. Tell us more.
I work 60% at Liip and 20% at witty works. Liip is a self-managing company. We use the Holacracy system, meaning that there is no traditional management hierarchy, but decision-making is shared among self-organising teams. So I have different roles that I have chosen to take on. I am totally free to organise my own workload and, apart from physical meetings, I am not bound by set hours or a specific location. I organise my work so that it is right for my family and my two companies.
At witty works, you have set yourself the goal of attracting more women to technical careers. Why is that?
For two reasons. First, it has been proven that diverse teams develop better products. And secondly, we live in a technology-driven world. It’s not good for this technology to be created by a single socio-demographic group. We have to ensure that it meets the needs of the whole population. And to do that we need diverse teams with different viewpoints. This is how we create a future for everyone.
Why are there so few women in IT? Is it because of the basic working conditions, such as a lack of part-time working options?
No, it’s not that. The IT industry is ideally suited to part-time work and also remote working. That’s not why women stay away. The IT industry was actually founded by women, they were there right at the start. But at some point, it shifted from being an administrative job to a creative one. And people didn’t believe women could be creative. Also, the personal computer came on the market. It was initially viewed as a luxury item – so an item where women couldn’t make the purchasing decision. It became a male-dominated product – and women were driven out of the industry.