We have the luxury at Smarty of working with some fantastically intelligent, kind, friendly, and in many cases, funny individuals. Today we showcase one of those fantastic individuals, Ryan Cox.
Ryan has a history of high-quality performance while problem-solving and team-building at large software companies along Silicon Slopes. You want experience? Ryan has experience.
But that’s just his professional bio. To really know who Ryan is, we asked for some clarification.
"I help make verified address information easily accessible to other software developers."
"How valuable ensuring addresses are correct can be."
"I enjoy solving coding problems and feeling like I'm contributing to the company's success."
"Not enough time... I need more time to get all the important things done."
"I worked on our ZIP Code to Geocode internal processor, making it faster and easier for developers to debug. That was satisfying and meaningful."
"I love skiing and woodworking."
"Skiing allows me to enjoy being in the mountains near the trees, breathing fresh air. I enjoy the challenge, both physical and mental. Nothing like tackling new terrain and learning new skills."
"With woodworking, I am allowed to be creative and problem-solve, all while producing something in the physical world. Programming is a whole other beast and takes place pretty much only in my mind. It’s nice to have something I can build with my hands and see."
"John Carmack. He makes (or made, he recently left Meta's VR team) good video games. He also has solved some novel programming problems."
"Be nicer to people. We're encouraged to eat lunch together each day so that we can get to know one another across departments. We go on company team-building trips, travel together, and talk a lot. When you spend that much time with folks, you learn a lot about them, and it gets easier to be kind to them. When we disagree, we’re encouraged to reconcile and make sure we're "good" instead of producing long-term enemies."
"This is part of what makes Smarty's culture so unique. We interact a lot more outside of just asking each other for work stuff. It helps to understand what our coworkers' value and what makes them who they are. It helps you be more patient and understanding when things are going rough and happier when things go well."
"That I could get paid to tell a machine what to do all day."
"I'd suggest you learn a couple of technologies in your stack really, really thoroughly. From the ground up. Be able to communicate to someone that doesn't understand how those things are built and how they work."
We love having Ryan on board and look forward to learning more from him and more about him.