September 26th, 2013
Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Dan
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Meet Dan, one of our talented analysts! Dan’s been known to drive to Tahoe to play poker on a whim and always appreciates a good bowl of chili. He’s also not bad with plants, as he plant-sat my company plant for five months without killing it. Thanks, Dan!
Want to learn more about Dan? Read on:
What’s your title at Credit Karma?
Business Development Product Analyst
Describe in 25 words or less what you do.
Many different things, like evaluating how site changes impact users, analyzing the offers on CK, analyzing and summarizing feedback data for our partners, and at least a few things I don’t have space for.
How long have you worked at CK?
I have worked at CK for almost a year and a half. It has been really interesting seeing us grow to 2-3 times the size we were since I started.
What’s your favorite thing about working at CK?
Most everyone here really likes how we are trying to empower consumers to make good decisions with their credit, but my favorite thing is that everyone is motivated to continually improve the usefulness of our site and tools for our members. It is really great to come in to the office and work with people who really care about our mission and what we are trying to do.
What’s your favorite snack in the CK kitchen?
I actually have two favorite snacks in the kitchen: the peach flavored Greek yogurt with granola for breakfast and the chocolate Cliff bars for an after-lunch snack. The fresh fruit is really nice as well.
What is something your coworkers probably don’t know about you?
I really, really like ice fishing, and I enjoy smoking the fish we catch to preserve them.
What was your worst subject in elementary school?
My worst classes were usually my writing classes because I would try to write about things that didn’t satisfy the prompts I was given. I always found it funny how what I wrote about made a difference in how I was graded.
What’s a secret (or not-so-secret) talent you have?
I have a very visual memory and tend to keep a lot of information stored in a truly photographic sense. It is really useful for remembering just about anything I see, but it isn’t quite as useful at remembering things from non-visual sources.
If you could pick any superhero power, what would it be and why?
I would really like the ability to create additional temporary copies of myself and control them independently. It would be really neat to be able to do multiple things at a time, like cleaning my house, working on a car, traveling to places I have wanted to see, and working all at the same time. I could also play some pretty interesting jokes on people with a few copies of me going around.
What’s your best credit/money tip?
When just starting to actively manage one’s finances, whether after just starting a career or in the middle of it, the best thing for me was to start small and use broken out milestones to help guide the process, to continue to feel rewarded about progress, and to avoid any unnecessary micromanaging. Everyone’s financial situation is quite different, but a few of the first steps that I used personally were centered around understanding my cash outflows, setting a reasonable savings goal for each pay period to create an emergency fund, setting a reasonable savings goal to fund any big purchases, and finally circling back to determine if there are ways to make big gains through income increases or expense reductions and restarting the process.
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Lovin’ Dan’s choice of superhero power,
Jenna, Credit Karma Contributor
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