Role: Engineering Tech Lead
Team: Data Science and Machine Learning
What do you do at Fast?
I work on building out our product overall. Right now, I’m building out the backend infrastructure to support our machine learning use-cases.
Describe your typical day at Fast.
Right now, it’s lots of roadmapping and prioritizing to build out our underlying infrastructure. I go between working on services, pipelining, planning, and interviewing engineering candidates. I also help build relationships with other teams so we can figure out how we can be a resource for them, and help them understand what we do and where we add value to the product.
What led you to engineering, and to Fast?
I was interested in computers and building things from a very young age. I loved being able to build something from scratch. I still love bringing creations forth into the world.
Where were you before Fast?
Lyft for three years working on marketplace dynamics.
Why did you say yes to Fast?
I was looking to move into a startup. I’ve spent my career at startups, so it excited me to see what Fast was working to accomplish. Talking to the founders excited me as well; Domm (Holland, CEO and Co-Founder at Fast) and Allison (Barr Allen, COO and Co-Founder at Fast) are very intelligent people who understand the market and how to go about tackling the online buying problem. I felt I would really have an impact and make a difference in a fast-growing and successful organization.
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. I was into computer games, so I was always on the computer. I played a lot of sports throughout elementary school. I was in between shy and outgoing.
What was your first job?
Tech support at Geek Squad.
What are Fast engineers doing that stands out?
The enthusiasm. To wake up every morning and talk to people this enthusiastic about the product we’re building is rewarding. My colleagues have lots of in-depth tech knowledge about the complex systems we’re putting together. We really get to focus on building solutions – we just do it.
What sparks your creativity?
The enthusiasm of the people around me when hearing their ideas is contagious to me.
Proudest moment as an engineer?
I’ve built and launched a number of things from scratch, like an app for delivering gas on demand for Booster Fuels.
When I worked at Lyft, I was on a team that scaled up Lyft’s driver-specific experience. We took the experience from 3%-5% of Lyft drivers being able to use it to 100% accessibility and usage over the course of 18 months.
Morning person or night owl?
Morning person, in terms of productivity.
One thing about you that will always be true?
I will always love sushi.
Advice for engineers wondering what to do next?
If you really want to change things, try a startup. Maybe you’re ready for growth or having more say in your work, which startups allow. Come work with us at Fast. We’ve got the opportunities!
What are you doing five years from now?
Working on really cool problems. And eating sushi.
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