Today we’re chatting with Zach Olson, a full-stack engineer on the team building Euclid’s breakthrough analytics service for brick-and-mortar retailers. Zach tells us how he ended up at Euclid and what it’s like working here.
What did you do before you came to Euclid?
I came to Euclid straight from college in Maryland, but during college I worked as a full stack engineer for the IT department of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a government agency.
What got you interested in coming to Euclid?
I stumbled across Euclid while looking for a job. I was immediately interested because I found the vision to be incredibly interesting – I realize this sounds super nerdy, but I’ve always had an interest in using technology to measure things that were previously unknown. I was actually a business major in college, not CS, and I remember being horribly bored in my marketing classes because almost everything was based off of conventional wisdom. With the exception of web marketing, no one could ever say, “This is what works; we can prove it with this data set.” Euclid can actually prove what kinds of marketing works best with real data.
What do you like about working at Euclid?
The best part is definitely the team. In all of my previous jobs and internships, I never had the opportunity to work with a team like this. Everyone is working towards the same goal, genuinely cares about that goal, and makes a huge effort to work together. Aside from that, the best part of being here has been getting the chance to wear a banana costume and rainbow spandex to work.
How is Euclid different from other places you’ve worked before?
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Since I’m still new to San Francisco, I’m still spending a lot of time just exploring my new city, stumbling across new, hidden little parks I never knew about. I’ve also been doing a bit of traveling recently – I recently took trips to Europe and Chicago, and am planning a trip to LA.