Meet the team: Alex, the man behind the Graph

Where are you from?

Hertfordshire, England. Though I usually just say London as its close and no one knows where Hertfordshire is.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles.

I work as a Junior Front end developer, working on improving an already great app. 

Why Natural Cycles?

As a developer at the beginning of a career most of the available jobs involved either gambling or extracting money from people through addictive in app purchases. Natural Cycles gave me an opportunity to utilise my skills in a way that helps people rather than harming them.

Your favourite project at Natural Cycles since you started?

So far working on the Graph. It gave me the chance to take a part of the app that the users really get a lot of value from and improve it, giving them a better user experience.

What does it mean to be a good Front end developer?

Teamwork is essential. Writing code that works perfectly is great but if no one can understand it its impossible for the team to continue improving upon it.

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

I have learnt more about the female reproductive system and how the menstrual cycle works. This has helped me to better communicate with my long term girlfriend.

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

Frunch, its close to the office and they know to serve me quickly before I eat all the bread.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

The graph, but thats probably because I made it.

Favourite song?

Anything by “The Last Skylit Night”. Though it is my brothers band and this is just a shameless promotion that their music is available on a popular Swedish music streaming service.

Favourite quote?

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. – John Lennon (I googled quotes)

Tell us about your hobbies?

I quite enjoy travelling. Particularly visiting different countries’ History museums and seeing how much of it Britain is the villain.

Launching in Spanish

I’ve been bad at blogging lately, but I’ve been in a good working mode. I’m now pregnant in week 12 and getting less and less tired and nauseous. I’ll tell you more about my pregnancy in another post, but honestly, I haven’t thought much about it lately since I’m now back to enjoying working many hours straight again.

Since the Swedish version of came out last week, I’ve finally had some time to work more on the app. It is almost there now, just missing the instructions and medical basics pages. I redid the way to visualize the MyCycles statistics on the app, but I also put it on the website, since it looks much nicer than just plain text. Below you can see the widgets for my personal cycle.

Spanish website - NaturalCycles

This week we also launched the website in Spanish.

Both our contraceptive method and pregnancy planning are very popular in Latin and South America so we’ve had many requests for a Spanish version. Implementing the Spanish texts made me realize how different the length of a language can be. The text in Spanish is so much longer than the English version.

Otherwise I’m getting excited about the move to Stockholm both for us privately and for our company. There are many details to think about and since we don’t know many people there it’s important that we find a good start-up office and other ways to network. We are going there next weekend to look for apartment, office space and meet potential people for joining our Stockholm team. Will be so much fun!