Role: Senior Front End Engineer
Talk about your background and how you found your way to Fast.
My first job out of college, I worked at Cisco, and I was there for about three years. After that, I was at a smaller company called Webdam. Then they got bought out by Shutterstock. After Webdam, I had a short stint at a real estate company called ZapLabs. And then from there, I went to Uber for a little over a year. And back in April, when we weren't sure who was getting laid off, that's when I was like, “Well, I'm not going to wait to find out.” So I started looking around, and then that's when I found out about Fast.
The concept of what we're trying to do grabbed my attention. It's not just the one-click checkout but the whole thing around identity and getting rid of the password. I thought that was a very interesting challenge to take on, especially for front-end user flow. And then just the technology behind it and what we have to do to gain the trust of the users to want to use us.
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. I gravitated towards electronics, computers, sports. I watched cartoons, anime, manga comics – all that stuff. I would find old computers and fix them up. I did really well at math and science. My parents are from Nigeria, so that contributed to our childhood as far as how different it was just reconciling the different cultures.
What was your first job?
My dad runs a clothing store, and in high school, I would work at the store, but I saw right away that I hated it. It was more of a thing I had to do. I mean, he still paid me, but there were no questions asked. It was like, “You're coming into the store to help me.”
What public figure do you admire most and why?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, and that's mostly because of the science background. He has a lot of knowledge, but he still is always willing to learn more. And that's what I want for myself. Another would be Dave Chappelle. What differentiates him from other comics is that he has a message, but I feel he uses comedy to get people to think deeper about their opinions or biases.
What app on your phone do you use the most?
I would say my video chat app because I have a daughter, so she always wants to talk with her grandparents or uncles. And then I have two comics apps that I usually read throughout the day if I have downtime or if I can't sleep.
What food do you uncontrollably eat?
Jollof rice. I can eat that at any time. I asked my mom to give me her recipe, so every now and then, I might make it for the week. And my mother-in-law, she’s Haitian, and they have this mushroom rice that’s just as good. I don’t even like mushrooms. I didn’t know it was mushrooms until my daughter’s first birthday.
Who is your favorite TV or film character?
I think Peter Parker (Spider-Man) is definitely a character that I felt was relatable to me for the fact that he was super smart, but I know he's just a regular dude who is just trying to get by.
What was the last show you binge-watched?
A show called “Warrior.” It’s based on writings from Bruce Lee.
What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?
As long as I'm doing something or working on something that I enjoy building, then five years from now, I still want to be in a position where I'm doing that. At the same time, one thing that I really want is more control over my time.