React Engineer, New York City
Explain your role at VidMob and how it contributes to the Tripod?
I’m a React Engineer. My team maintains a key piece of Vidmob’s Creative Scoring platform and its user interface. In my engineering capacity, I work to ensure the best possible user experience on the Front End. We’re striving each day both to iterate on what we’ve achieved and build entirely new functionality.
What brought you to VidMob?
I made the decision to join based on the strength of our design and my respect for the people who led me here. For all our interest in automating things where necessary and desirable, VidMob’s strength is people.
How did you get into your field?
I’m proud to say VidMob is where I got my start as a software engineer. I previously had brief careers in education and law, which gave me a preternatural reservoir of patience.
Name three people (living or dead) who inspire you and why?
- My mom: for her boundless kindness and her love for small dogs. I grew up surrounded by both.
- My younger brother: for his piercing intelligence and strong sense of commitment to whatever he sets his mind to. Like being in drastically better shape than me and also becoming a software engineer.
- Paul McCartney: for writing “You Never Give Me Your Money.” I learned to play guitar because I loved this song so much as a kid!
What do you like most about your work?
You’re seeking answers daily as a software engineer. There’s a lot of detective work involved and the answers are never underwhelming. This work is relentlessly interesting.
What’s the biggest work or life challenge you were able to overcome?
I was overwhelmed by stress and future-dread during 2020. Studying to become a software engineer gave me a sense of purpose and forward momentum during that difficult time. I didn’t think I would emerge from the other side of that year feeling better about the future than I did before, but life has a way of surprising me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Why?
The best advice I’ve ever received: “It’s okay to be mediocre.” It made me want to be the best I could possibly be!