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Meet Steven Santos: The Fast Interview

Steven Santos, Platform Integration Engineer at Fast

Steven Santos

Role: Platform Integration Engineer

Team: Customer Success

Why did you join Fast?

I was looking for an opportunity to grow my career, and it was obvious Fast was that opportunity. And I wanted to work with a product I personally had a pain point with: passwords and logins. Fixing that is an ambitious thing to do, and I lean toward those things.

What were you doing before you joined Fast?

I worked at a couple of startups. One was in fintech, and the other was in security. I learned a lot, especially how to work in small teams and make things clear for others to understand.

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

I grew up in Chino Hills, a city in Southern California. As a kid, I was always curious and trying to figure out things like how to get from my friend’s house to another friend’s house on a skateboard. That is my childhood summed up.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Learning how to code. Before I started my career in technology, I had no idea what it entailed. I just knew that the Safari browser existed, and it was a way to find information or buy things online. When I completed a coding bootcamp called Hack Reactor, it opened up a whole new world for me.

What’s your productivity hack?

Using Google Sheets to automate small and mundane tasks in my life. And the Notes app on my Mac is probably my best friend.

When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

The reason I even began to think I could code was because one of my friends in high school said, “I think you’re really capable of doing this.” For someone to candidly say that to me, I thought, “This person really cares for me. They want to see me succeed.” That was an act of kindness that changed my life and led to where I am now.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. I’d love to ask him how he lost billions of dollars and then got it back, and understand how someone would deal with that.

Who would you say is your celebrity doppelgänger?

Harry Shum, Jr., cast member of (the television show) “Glee.” I remember in college people would say, “Hey, are you Harry?”

What’s your top travel destination?

Tokyo. I feel at peace when I go there. It’s a combination of the art, food, and spirituality of the city. It’s almost supernatural.

Where do you see yourself a year from now?

Hopefully leading a technical team, whether that’s in an implementation or engineering vertical.