You can spot Ignatius Prinsloo easily in a group. He is the fun guy, making people chuckle and keeping everything lighthearted. He thrives on the satisfaction he gets from his (professional and personal) projects coming together, to fit and work precisely as planned. What brought him to Appsolutely? His love for the Netherlands and the human connect he felt, with the company. Keep reading to find out more about him.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Ignatius Prinsloo, though Naas is my calling name. I was born and raised in South Africa. I studied computer engineering at university and then I started working alongside my masters and then PhD studies. A few years ago I started working for a startup that focused on micro funding for SMEs, and there I got into the CRM space. My next job included working with CRM, with a Salesforce partner. My wife and I wanted to move to the Netherlands, since we wanted to stay in the same time zone. Additionally, I have a bit of Afrikaans background, I can follow the Dutch language quite well and am comfortable with the cultural switch. Which is how I ended up looking for Salesforce partners here and applying for a job at Appsolutely.
Why did you choose Appsolutely?
There are a couple of reasons Appsolutely stood out for me. Firstly, I really liked the company structure, the size, the diversity and the work culture. Then there is the human connect. When I spoke with Jaap and Floor as well as Carlo, I had a great conversation and I liked the way they deal with potential employees.
I also admire the way they work. They have a structured approach to selling, which the engineer in me really appreciates. Their attitude to the business is also quite refreshing as they seem to have a better handle, than most companies, on what they are doing and what they want to achieve.
What challenges and goals do you see for yourself?
Personal development is always a huge factor for undertaking anything new. You need to grow in whatever jobs you take up and embrace the challenges that come with it. One of my medium-term goals is to become a Certified Technical Architect. I would like to move from Developer role to Architect.
What are your expectations from this job?
I am a go-with-the-flow kind of person. I know there are a lot of unknowns in the entire journey, so I will jump in and immerse myself completely and deal with whatever comes my way. Though I am looking forward to working together in the office, with a diverse team and embedding myself at Appsolutely.
How would you describe yourself?
I would say I am always the happy guy. I like to bring positivity and lightheartedness to a situation. I can be serious when it’s required, but overall I like to have fun with whatever I am doing. I think if you go half an hour without laughing, then something is wrong. I do like to help my colleagues and learn from them. I like the act of collaborating - when you work together, speak with people, put it your efforts to accomplish goals, jointly. In my mind, the word ‘company’ is a collective that cooperates and works together.
What are your interests, outside of work?
This is a fairly long list! I like being active. Anything that moves excites me – cars, motorcycles, bikes, skiing – those are my favourite things, in the world. I also like exercising and going to the gym. I think it’s important to have a good balance between work, life, health and well-being. Apart from that I really love cycling and rowing. I am also into motorcycles.
When I am home, I just stay away from technology. On weekends, I like doing carpentry. My wife and I made most of our furniture ourselves. It’s a hobby we both share. The beautiful thing about carpentry is that there is precision involved. When you plan and put everything together and it fits well, has a smooth mechanical feeling - THAT makes me extremely happy. Even if it is just a drawer.
What are you passionate about?
I think I am passionate about the precision aspect. In both carpentry and with my job. You start both with a plan or dream, and then you have these different sorts of components that you can get to fit together, in a nice precise manner and end up with a refined product. That precise system, when it comes together like a mechanical clock, gives me the most satisfying feeling.