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Meet Charlotte Hjerpe: The Fast Interview

Charlotte Hjerpe, Technical Program Manager at Fast

Charlotte Hjerpe

Role: Technical Program Manager

Team: Engineering

How did you get to Fast, and what made you say yes to the job offer?

I’ve been in fintech and payments for several years. When I came here to San Francisco, I wanted to continue my career in payments and found Fast. I thought this was the idea I wanted to come up with myself because e-commerce has been around for so long, but still, it's so difficult to buy things online. Then I find this company solving the friction. It was simply my dream company.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?

I grew up in Sweden, outside of Stockholm. As a child, I was very fearless. I loved to do things that were outside of my comfort zone. 

What was your first job?

I was actually a swim teacher for kids. I couldn't really swim well myself, but I enjoyed being around kids and teaching them to be comfortable in the water.

Any particular reason that was the job you pursued?

No, it was circumstances that made me start that job. Sometimes when the kids start, they’re afraid of the water and don't even want to enter the water, but step by step, week by week. Then at the end, they're super comfortable and can jump in seamlessly. It was very fun to work with kids and be in that environment; to see them learn something new.

What career path did you almost take?

Acting. I always wanted to work in film, but I never dared to do it.

Is that a dream you still have today?

I think it will always be a dream of mine because I never pursued it. I did some things. I was in music videos, a pilot, I was an extra. I did some things but never dared to take the leap.

What public figure do you admire most and why?

At this point, for sure the VP-elect (Kamala Harris). I think it’s such a historic moment and it’s going to be so much fun to be part of, to see what she and Biden can accomplish.

What app on your phone do you use the most?

Google Photos. There's a very fun feature where you can see what you did a year ago, the pictures that you had one year ago or two years ago, three years ago, four years ago. Of course, I also love Instagram.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

I eat chocolate every day. I love carbs. So everything that has a combination of sugar and fats, I eat something sweet every day. And every day, I'm like, “Tomorrow I won't do this.” I love everything with carbs, hamburgers, pizza, pasta. I love pasta. I love cinnamon buns. That's a really big thing in Sweden.

Who's your favorite TV or film character?

“Schitt's Creek.” I would say all the characters. I think I've seen this show three times already. It is so, so good. You love the characters so much. I watch two episodes every day, at least.

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

The mission at Fast is to be on every website in the world, so that would be pretty cool to be on every website in the world in five years.

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