Meet the Team — Joana Esteves

Joana Esteves is a Product Owner in our Lisbon office who’s passionate about travelling, cooking and emerging technology. Find out more about Joana in this month’s edition of Meet the Team!

What is your role here at Wodify?

I am a Product Owner.

Do you have a nickname in the team?

My team calls me "Patroa" or "Little Boss Lady". As a product owner, I have to tell them what I, as one of the people who represents the vision of the product/company, want to be developed.

Tell us about your academic background.

I have a degree in New Technologies of Communication. But I became more interested in Marketing and Communication so I never followed the developer career.

When I was already working for 3 years, I had the opportunity to do a Communication & Image post-graduation and after a few more years I went to Barcelona to do a Masters in Cultural Management. Plus a couple of courses on agile, scrum, photography and digital marketing.

Joana Esteves, Product Owner at Wodify

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Porto and raised in Caminha, Portugal.

When did you join the Wodify family?

April 19, 2017.

Why did you apply for the job? What were the expectations about it? Are they fulfilled?

I was working on a digital advertising agency and I wanted to drastically change my work environment while being able to do what love to do: develop software, create new products and manage teams.

My expectation was that Wodify would be a great company to continue learning and growing and I'm very happy so far.

What is your favorite thing about working at Wodify?

I'm not a fitness freak, but I love to be challenged by the product we are developing.

I also cherish the fact that there is a great spirit of collaboration between teams and colleagues. And the office is really cool!

What has been the most surprising thing about working here?

Wodify is a company with an open spirit that’s willing to incorporate changes. It’s also a trustful environment.

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What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?

Overcoming some of my fears, like driving and traveling alone.

What's your favorite thing to do outside of Wodify? Do you have any weird and curious hobby? Tell us about it!

Travel, travel, travel. I just have a thing about knowing new places, new cultures, new food and new people.

What are your top three bucket list items?

1 - Keep traveling. Each year a new destination ^_^

2 - Be generous as much as possible to my family and friends :)

3 - Stay curious. Learn something new as often as possible!

Any bucket list items that you knocked off your list recently?

Own a car!

With unlimited money, talents, whatever, what would you like to do as a career?

I would love to travel the world, help whoever crosses my path, capture those experiences in my camera and come back home when I'm homesick.

Favorite CrossFit movement? Least favorite?

Can't really tell yet :-|

What's your favorite cheat meal?

Lemon pie ice cream from Artisani and a good and greasy "Bitoque" (portuguese steak with fried egg on top served with rice, fries and salad).

Guilty pleasure song?

"Lean on me" by Bill Withers

TV series you are currently watching?

Black Mirror, The Leftovers, Veep, Fargo, Grey's Anatomy, Masterchef (Australia/Asia).

Favorite place you've ever travelled, and why?

Can't really choose one. So here's three:

1 - Cinque Terre in Italy

2 - Cuba

3 - Going back home each time I go to Barcelona

Celebrity crush? <3

Gael García Bernal

Favorite video game?


Favorite movie, and why?

Not my favorite movie, but one that I remember liking a lot: "Dogtooth" by Yorgos Lanthimos.

It's that kind of story that makes you constantly think that you know what's coming next and it's always surprising you. Plus it's a very weird narrative!

App that you can't live without?

Whastapp/ iMessage for chatting. Google Maps/Waze for helping me get to the places by car.

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