About

My name is Lim. Just Lim. Well, my real name is Nghia but someone decided to call me Lim as a joke when I was very little, so it’s been the name I identify with. I’m limdauto pretty much everywhere. It means Lim Big Head in Vietnamese.

I am currently a Junior Principal Software Engineer at QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company. Prior to joining QB, I worked at a few different high-growth startups in London, including Deliveroo, Memrise and GrowthStreet. Opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect that of my employers’, past and present.

Technically, I identify as a full-stack software engineer. My stack covers the web frontend, backend, data pipeline and cloud infrastructure. I’m generally interested in cloud-native distributed system, programming languages, AI/ML, product engineering, growth engineering and organisational dynamic. My general strategy to keep up with new technologies, besides reading books, blogs and code, is to complete one Coursera Specialisation or another program of similar size per quarter. That translates to about 12-week worth of learning content per 3 months. A few programs I have completed and would recommend include the AWS Solutions Architect Professional certificate, the Deep Learning Specialisation and the Functional Programming in Scala Specialisation on Coursera.

I would like to confess that I am neither a hacker, ninja nor a rockstar dev, so if you are looking for one, you might have better luck elsewhere. In fact, sometimes I barely identify as a software engineer. This stems from my love-hate relationship with computer and technology in general. I was never a computer whiz growing up. Quite the opposite, actually. It didn’t really help that I grew up with a bunch of exceptionally talented people who would normally be found winning gold medals at IOI and ACM competitions. About 8 years ago, I completely lost all confidence in my ability to make it as an engineer and tried to switch to a number of other jobs (English teacher, social worker, designer, etc.) before accidentally ending up writing HTML sites again for $5 each on Fiverr. “Accidentally” here means I needed money for food. I am very proud of how far I have come since and determined to go further, but the Imposter Syndrome is very real. The reason I’m mentioning this is because if you are having similar difficulties and need some mentorship or just someone to talk to, please do reach out. I would love to be able to help.

Personally, you can either find me around London pub scene performing standup comedy, swimming in a pool or in a cafe writing my next novel. Below is a review of my gig by the guy running Basic Comedy. Granted that I’m still grinding the stereotype a little bit, but hey! We have got to start somewhere, don’t we?

There were a few good acts that night, but in particular Lim Hoang really stood out with his angle on being a bemused foreigner in the UK. He got down to the final two of the clap-off, so the audience clearly loved him too.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit is there might or might not have been a picture of me competing in a World Memory Championship in the Telegraph. That’s another long story for another day.

This is the 32432498th time I’m attempting to keep a website. Let’s see how long it lasts.