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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?
Fifty percent of my job is discovering customer needs and determining the best way to incorporate those needs into our products. The other 50% is meetings, data analysis, creating terrible wireframes, and cat herding.
What’s your favorite emerging tech project you’ve worked on?
My work today supports the Indeed Hiring Platform, which lets recruiting teams hire faster by automating manual work in the hiring process. My focus is on prescreening capabilities that help quality candidates skip directly to an interview, whether that’s in person or virtual.
What emerging tech are you most optimistic about? Least? And why?
I’m most excited about how VR and robotics will merge to address the global shortage of specialized labor. Around the world, communities—especially in rural areas—lack access to reliable healthcare because they don’t have medical professionals nearby. VR and robotics converging could solve this by enabling doctors to perform medical procedures remotely. A surgeon at Johns Hopkins could operate on a patient in Africa while sitting at a command center in Baltimore.
Crypto is exciting, but I’ve yet to see a product that makes me want to use it over the incumbents they’re trying to replace. But, as more visionary people like Sam Bankman-Fried come into the space, maybe more compelling products will emerge from the industry.
What’s the best piece of tech-related media you’ve read/watched/listened to?
One thing we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?
I had a quarter-life crisis and moved from Washington, DC, to San Diego without a job because I wanted to be active and surf more. This was a great move career-wise, as it got me into product!