People and Culture
Since her first day at Even on October 31, 2019, Shraddha Jain has been a standout contributor to our software engineering. To find out about some of her biggest accomplishments at Even and what she does to unwind, read below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and where do you live currently?
I was born in Assam, India. If you’re a tea drinker, you know most of the world’s tea comes from that region. I spent my teenage years in a boarding school near New Delhi, moved to America for undergrad, and have been here ever since. I now live in NYC and after three years of being here, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else!
When did you start at Even and what is your current role? Describe your team and how it fits into the company.
I’ve been at Even for two and a half years, joining on Halloween 2019. My current title is Senior Software Engineer; I work on anything from our AWS cloud infrastructure to product-driven application development. In my time here, I’ve worked on multiple products that have ultimately powered Even’s core API, and I’ve had so much fun all along!
What is your favorite thing about working at Even?
This one’s easy — the people. Even has some of the most talented, hard-working and singularly interesting people I’ve ever met. Apart from being the best at what they do, they’re also super fun and inspiring people. Be it hot-sauce-making sessions or competitive hackathon events, it’s all part of our culture, and I love it.
What has been your biggest accomplishment or crowning achievement working at Even so far?
For the longest time, Even’s tech stack was missing a dedicated environment to conduct QA testing. That resulted in a host of issues: slower feedback loops on errors, some junk data in production, inability to provide partners with testing infrastructure, etc.
Recently, I worked on building a dedicated environment for the purpose of QA testing. It’s still a work in progress toward being ideal, but it’s already starting to show some promising results in the development process and I’m confident it’s going to ultimately help make Even’s API more robust and reliable.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time for hobbies?
I tend to get suddenly and absolutely invested in hobbies, which means I try new things very intensely for short periods of time. Some of the recent ones have included gardening, including growing microgreens in my small NYC apartment, puzzle solving, and learning about child psychology! Some of my more time-tested hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and scuba-diving.
What words of advice or encouragement would you have for a prospective Even employee?
Do not be hesitant to solve a problem you see at Even. It’s an extremely empowered culture, and you’ll find that almost always you have the freedom and bandwidth to run with a problem. We love initiative!
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