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Meet Jiankai Dang: The Fast Interview

Jiankai Dang, senior software engineer at Fast

Name: Jiankai Dang

Role: Senior Software Engineer

Team: Machine Learning and Data Engineering

What do you do at Fast?

I work with our data platforms, including services and engineering.

Describe your typical day at Fast.

I start my day around 9 a.m. We’ll have short team meetings three days each week, then I have several hours for deep focus. In the afternoon, we’ll sometimes meet to go over projects and knowledge sharing. I also interview great engineering candidates excited about working at Fast.

What led you to engineering?

I like electrical engineering and computer science, so I majored in both of them. I was always interested in the secrets of how electronic devices and computers work. The work experience in internet-related industries led me to believe that the power of computing and engineering would continue changing the world.

Where were you before Fast?

I was at Amazon, on the Alexa AI team. Big data and machine learning are two fields I like. I also had work experience as both backend and frontend engineer, so I like to learn and take on new challenges – wherever Fast needs me, I’m happy to go.

Why did you say yes to Fast?

The future and vision of our company attracted me. The payments industry in fintech is hot, and our headless and one-click checkout products and services are making our buyers’ and sellers’ lives easier while being challenging to us in a fulfilling way.

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

I grew up in Yunlin, Shaanxi Province, China. I was curious and studious.

What was your first job?

I was a Java engineer in Beijing, China.

What are Fast engineers doing that stands out?

We move fast, develop fast, and deliver fast.

How is your desk set up?

An adjustable desk with two additional monitors, and a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Favorite thing about being an engineer?

The building and delivery. A finished product that is now in the hands of users whose lives will hopefully be improved by something you did is a great feeling.

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl.

What’s something you regularly do, but know you shouldn't?

Skip routine workouts.

Your non-negotiables for life?

Family first.

One thing about you that has been and will always be true?

I will always work hard at whatever I do.

What advice would you the engineer today give the you first starting out?

Communication skills are as important as coding.

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