An Introduction

My name is Adnan Issadeen. I'm a systems engineer at Buffer. My interests are varied. Programming, writing, reading, drawing animating, photography, painfully dissecting movies scene by scene. But most of all I love spending time with my wife and child. Nothing in the world could be better than that. I'm still not entirely sure what my ideal work scenario is. But if I could write all day long and do scripts for videos where I create educational material that's practical in the software field, I feel like my life purpose will be achieved.

It's either that or to be a stay at home Dad. The latter is preferred.

How did we get here?

I don't have a "I got my first computer at the age of 6 and started programming in BASIC" story. I actually didn't enjoy programming till a random choice of degree and a lucky encounter with an amazing lecturer left me with a lot of love for the field of software engineering.

Before getting to Buffer I tried working with my father in the position of inheriting his ERP implementation company some day. It wasn't meant to be though. I made my own path just a year later. First it was at anything.lk which was Sri Lanka's first true ecommerce experience for the Sri Lankan market itself. I wasn't a software developer though which was fine by me.

After anything.lk got acquired and was munged into the wow.lk brand, I left to find a full time programming job and that's when I started 2 and a half years pretending to be a beach ball. First Cinergix. Then Rukula. Then Cinergix again. And finally Buffer which has been the job I've held on to the longest :).

What the future holds I don't know. But I'd like to continue trying out new things. From live streaming to animating to trying to be certified as an inline skating coach, I hope I'll fill up my life with lots of different things.

Causes I care about

A long time ago I was that person who got on to Twitter and FB to fight every cause that came on. As time went by, I realised I couldn't meaningfully contribute anything beyond outrage. I decided that a person can only ever focus on 3 causes at once. The ones I've decided on are:

  • Working to combat digital addictions. #FightTheDopamine
  • Climate change (self) awareness with a primary focus on reducing waste in personal life and moving towards recycling everything while helping others do the same.
  • Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act Reforms to help bring about some semblance of equality for mulsim women in Sri Lanka