Voices of Lane: Devika Maharaj

Get the scoop on engineering from Lane’s very first software developer: the one and only Dev the Dev.

As Lane’s original developer, you’ve seen the company grow dramatically. What’s that been like?

There have definitely been some growing pains, haha. But now that we’re 10+ engineers and 60+ overall, the workload is definitely a bit more manageable. 

How has the Lane platform changed since you started?

Night and day. In the beginning, Lane was an app with only two pages and a hamburger menu. After v5, which was released last year, it has a workflow engine, custom pages, drag-and-drop builder, and a bunch of integrations with other technologies. It’s not just an app anymore, it’s a platform.

What do you find unique about Lane’s technology?

Even though it’s used to connect the physical workplace, it could be applied to so many other spaces as well. As a tool for communications, bookings, making purchases, etc., it’s fun to think of all the possible use cases.

What attracted you to Lane in the first place?

I’ve always worked in startups. Lane was an early-stage company, with lots of room to grow and an interesting product. The team was really knowledgeable and diverse.

What do you love most about working at Lane?

We get a lot of autonomy. Developers at most other companies don’t get a lot of say when it comes to the product, but here I feel encouraged to voice my opinion. 

How does Lane help you on your path towards personal and professional development?

Our CEO Clint used to call Lane a “choose your own adventure” company, and it’s true: there are a lot of different ways to make the product better, and a lot of freedom to explore different paths toward doing so.

What is your proudest achievement so far as a member of the Lane team?

Building our Access Control feature. We’re still in the final stages of it, but it reflects a turning point in what Lane can do: using your phone to tap into a building or meeting room. That’s awesome.

What do you think the future of work will look like?

Work used to be about being in a single physical space. But between email, Slack, Zoom, and now Lane, I feel like technology is allowing us to be more mobile. Not so much in terms of “work from home,” but freedom of movement from one workplace to another, however we define it. And I think Lane is at the heart of that movement. 

If you could switch roles for a day with anyone in the company, who would it be and why?

Someone in the marketing studio like Rachel, our graphic designer. She’s really cool, has a cool dog, and is really creative. 

What advice would you give to someone interested in joining Lane?

Don’t be afraid to mix your personal life with work life. Some of my closest friends are here. We’re fun people. 

If you could dine with three people in the world (dead or alive), who would you choose & why?

AOC, Marie Curie, and Miley Cyrus. It’ll be an interesting dynamic. 

If you could witness any historical event, what would you pick?

Honestly? Fyre festival. Lol.

Want to join Dev on the Engineering team? We’re hiring!