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Meet Ozan Can Altiok: The Fast Interview

Ozan Can Altiok, contract senior software engineer at Fast

Name: Ozan Can Altiok

Role: Contract Senior Software Engineer

Team: Broadcast

What do you do at Fast?

I help build solutions to deliver broadcast-based events such as customer notifications.

Describe your typical day at Fast.

I’m in Turkey and our team is distributed, so I start my day around 12 p.m. my time with emails and messages. Then, it's a deep focus on tasks until 6 p.m. – that’s when my U.S. colleagues wake up. After dinner, I sync with my team and close the day at around 9 p.m. –  right after breakfast in the U.S. 

What led you to engineering?

Hugo, a very popular computer game in the '90s. Playing it made me curious how such a complicated game was built. As I got older, I started to practice programming; it eventually became my primary hobby. And my college classes shaped my choice to move forward with software engineering as a career. 

Where were you before Fast?

A marketplace specialist company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. I was a software engineer developing messaging solutions for all the marketplace clients. 

Why did you say yes to becoming a contractor for Fast?

I liked the innovativeness of Fast’s solution to the checkout problems people face and the impact I believe it will bring to e-commerce. Also, I thought that Fast Flex was a really good way of keeping us all as healthy as possible in the midst of a pandemic with a lot of uncertainties. 

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

A historic district in Istanbul called Bomonti. My parents say I was funny and a little bit naughty: I broke many housewares and toys, and I was obsessed with closing open doors in our home. 

What are Fast engineers doing that stands out?

The way we solve problems: think fast, build fast and fail fast if anything goes wrong. We don’t overthink, which makes things happen faster and improves our productivity.

Proudest moment as an engineer?

When I reduced the runtime of a machine-learning algorithm implementation from two months to an hour. 

Favorite thing about being an engineer?

Engineering is not only about building, but managing what you build. When I reach the management point, I’m quite happy.

Morning person or night owl?

Morning person. My productivity drops when the sun goes down, so sunshine is my best motivator. 

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

I should drink less coffee. At this rate, one day, I’ll open up a huge hole in my stomach.

Your non-negotiables for life?

Always be optimistic in problem-solving, and be careful with your work-life balance. 

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

I’ve always been an easy-going and optimistic person.

Advice for engineers wondering what to do next?

Be proactive and keep questioning what you’ve done in the past – this can help you come up with better solutions against the same problems in the future. Also, always be willing to communicate with every teammate – it helps establish cohesion and improve your development pace. 

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