Software Engineer | Austin, TX
Why do you love working at Bazaarvoice?
I sought out the chance to work at Bazaarvoice because I really wanted to be working with a whole bunch of smart people.
I had worked at lots of jobs in the past where I was one of the smartest people in the room. Not that I'm brilliant or anything! It was just kind of how it worked out, and I really wanted to be around people who would challenge me and who knew more about other things than I did. And I have definitely, definitely found that here. And that's not just a line, that's true.
What do you think differentiates Bazaarvoice from other companies?
I don't know how true it is across other teams, but I know that when people are making a decision about where to go, our team is a really compelling part of the story. We've actually assembled this critical mass of people who are really good to be around.
What’s your proudest technical accomplishment to date?
I have seen this product that I work on grow from 50 million pageviews to 500 million pageviews in one year. I’m really proud to actually get to participate in all the challenges associated with a product that grows 10X in 12 months.
What’s your career experience?
I'd always been interested in computers and Internet and the web. I started dabbling in the web and making websites for people. My first real job doing things with the Internet and computers was in 2006 when I started working at an agency that did consulting work making websites and web ads for large companies.
I did my own consulting for a few years, and that was really fun and really hard. You spend 40-50% of your time just doing BizDev, figuring out where that next work is going to come from, and making sure that you have a pipeline of people who want to pay you money.
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Tell us one interesting fact about you
I rode my bicycle from Maine to North Carolina, and I was headed to Austin but never got there. I was seriously planning on riding my bike to Austin from Maine. I just got distracted in North Carolina and never made it!