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Meet Randy Perez Segura: The Fast Interview

Randy Perez Segura, Front-end Engineer at Fast

Randy Perez Segura

Role: Front-end Engineer

Team: Seller Experiences

What do you do at Fast?

I’m a front-end engineer on the Seller Experiences team. I work on our seller dashboard, where our Fast sellers track and manage their revenue. I’m from the Dominican Republic, but currently in Virginia with my wife.

Describe your typical day at Fast.

I start with code review for other engineers, then tasks, coding, and meetings. I have plenty of no-issue days, but if a customer needs something, I jump to support them. 

Where were you before Fast?

I was at Pinterest for 18 months, where I helped redesign and simplify portions of the ads creation flow.

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

San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. I was really shy, but I never had issues making friends because in a small town, you know everyone from birth.

What are Fast Engineers doing that catches your eye?

E-commerce and identity looks easy, but it’s incredibly intense. What I've seen is how open people at Fast are to listen, revise, and improve, quickly.

In the past, I'd sit with managers and provide a proof of concept, but nothing changed. At Fast, it took one Slack message. They immediately gave me ownership of things I brought up. And that’s very valuable to an engineer.

What’s your proudest moment as an engineer?

Overcoming imposter syndrome. At Pinterest, I thought, “they’re going to figure me out in two weeks.” But I worked through it, and confirmed I can work with people from big companies or schools – and I’m actually quite good at my job.

Why did you say yes to Fast?

It was easy to understand and align with Fast’s goals and what they want to achieve. It’s as simple as the one-click checkout: I identified with Domm (Holland, Fast CEO and Co-Founder) and Allison’s (Barr Allen, COO and co-founder of Fast) mission and was intrigued by how he planned to do it. As an engineer, it looked like such an interesting challenge: how is the user going to have a good experience? I really wanted to take on that challenge and learn from it. 

And I’m a better engineer for it.

What was your first job?

A movie rental company called Movie Max. That job taught me about dealing with unhappy people – which isn’t easy when you’re 15 – and how to prevent that unhappiness.

What career path did you almost take?

I went to school for Telecommunications Engineering. I took Introduction to Programming while I was there and I...was very, very, incredibly bad at it. After much convincing, I joined a  programming club, and started liking it a lot more.

What’s your favorite thing about being an engineer?

Making something currently challenging much simpler. To give people their time back, make their lives more efficient, is such a driver for me.

What food or drink is always at your desk?

Santo Domingo (a Dominican coffee) and a classic Dominican food: rice, beans, and some kind of meat. It’s called a flag because it’s three colors like our flag - red, white, and blue. 

What’s something you’ve found at Fast that stands out?

This is my first startup, but I think it's how approachable people are. When the founders say you can talk to me, it’s real: they respond. That involvement and access from leadership is different; I've never dealt with that before.

One thing about you that is forever true?

I try to stay kind. Kindness is a universal language.

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

Eat sweets, especially with coconut.

Morning person or night owl?

Morning. I wake up ready to go!

Your non-negotiables for life?

Family first. Be kind. Make time for things that matter and keep them in check. Treats + discipline = balance.

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