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Omer van Kloeten

Hey there, I’m Omer, a veteran software engineer with a wide range of experience in various roles in the industry, be it leading technology, teams or products. During my career, I worked at a bunch of startups (five of which exited) and a couple larger companies.

I’m an avid generalist with experience in backend, data, distributed systems, machine learning, frontend, UX, teams, systems of systems and more while also enjoy the occasional international speaking engagement.

I’m currently a Principal Engineer at Forter, leading our Smart Payments line of products and having a blast doing it!

Posts

A Fence, a Deviance and a Window

Imagine you’re joining a new role and see something that makes you go “wtaf did they think when they did this?!” - what’s the first thing you do? If your answer is “change it,” then chances are you’re wrong. To explain why, let’s visit a fence, a deviance and a window. As software engineers, our initial drive is to 👏🏻solve👏🏻all👏🏻the👏🏻problems👏🏻… but what looks like a problem isn’t necessarily one. Chesterton’s Fence essentially says “there’s a fence, you don’t know why, don’t go removing it before understanding it.
2022-09-24
4 min read

Refactoring and Trust

Refactoring has many faces. When you start out, a fresh-faced developer, your only goal is to make your code Do The Thing. You forgot that semicolon or that loop was off-by-one and it took you the whole day to wade through those error messages to figure that stuff out and you’re on top of the world because you Fixed The Code and what do you mean change the code it WORKS NOW. Some years pass,
2021-08-05
4 min read
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Selected Talks

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Making an Impact as a Senior Individual Contributor - Panel

Hosted November 2022 at TechRadarCon'22
2022-11-14
1 min read
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Deleting Tests with Types

Presented March 2019 at the Ruby Underground meetup
2019-03-21
1 min read
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Type Your Business

Presented October 2018 at the Scala.io Conference in France
2018-10-31
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Power Up Your Build

Presented April 2018 at Wix's Guild Day
2018-04-12
1 min read

Podcast Episodes

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The Interviews We Don't Do @ BarvazGumi (Hebrew)

I talked to Vicky Kalmanovich about the kinds of skills we look for in software engineers and the interviews we don’t do that would test them.
2022-09-07
1 min read
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Refactoring (and Observability) @ Reversim (Hebrew)

I talked to Ran Tavory and Ori Lahav about my philosophies around refactoring and observability.
2022-03-22
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An episode about space @ NoTarbut (Hebrew)

I talked to Avi Etzioni and Gal Zellermayer about why open-plan offices should not be taken as the status quo.
2019-05-05
1 min read
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We can see your ✳️✳️✳️✳️✳️ 🐱‍💻 @ CyberCyber (Hebrew)

I talked to Ido Kenan about my work on plaintextoffenders.com and bad password practices.
2019-05-02
1 min read