March 13th, 2014

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Travis



Hey there! Ready to meet another member of the Credit Karma team? Last month, we told you a little bit about Ishan, one of our talented software engineers.

Today, meet Travis, who isn’t just a skilled engineer– he also used to play tennis and chess competitively and won a few regional tournaments in his younger days! Even more importantly (to the team), he plays a mean Pikachu in Super Smash Bros.

Keep reading to learn more about Travis!

The Interview

What’s your title at Credit Karma?
Software Engineer in Test.

Describe in 25 words or less what you do.
I am focused on building and maintaining a top notch front-end test automation framework to help us ensure quality for all Credit Karma products.

How long have you worked at CK?
I have worked at Credit Karma for five months. Time flies when you’re having fun!

What’s your favorite thing about working at CK?
Working with awesome coworkers to provide a high-quality service that is truly beneficial for our users.

What’s your favorite snack in the CK kitchen?
Fun-sized candy bars are the best. Milk chocolate and caramel, yum!

What is something your coworkers probably don’t know about you?
I can get intensely competitive over otherwise trivial things, like high scores in video games.

What was your worst subject in elementary school?
Show and tell. I have never been fond of public speaking.

What’s a secret (or not-so-secret) talent you have?
I can wiggle my ears, flare my nostrils, and flip my eyelids inside-out; I don’t know if I can do them all at the same time, though.

If you could pick any superhero power, what would it be and why?
Super speed. Short commute times for the work week and lightning fast reflexes for video games and sports!

What’s your best credit/money tip?
Keeping track of your income and your expenditures can help you stay in the positive. If you consistently spend more than you make, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Want to meet more members of the Credit Karma team?

Meet Ezra, Jonathan, Cathy, Greg, Danielle, Jason, Andrew, Ian, Juan, Igor, Alex, Henry, Hok, Helen, Dan, Keith, Chris, Elaine, Rob, and Ishan!

Interested in joining our team? Check out all of our open positions!

Stay tuned as we continue to reveal the nerds behind Credit Karma!

Ah, Travis’ competitive nature explains why he’s so good at tennis, chess, and Super Smash Bros…

-Jenna, Credit Karma Contributor

Continue Reading | 17 Comments | Twitter | |

March 8th, 2014

Infographic: Get to Know the Credit Karma Team!

Hey everyone! For this week’s infographic, we're giving you an inside look at the Credit Karma team's list of favorite ice cream flavors, favorite site features, spending preferences, and more. Check it out!

Continue Reading | 2 Comments | Twitter | |

February 13th, 2014

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Ishan

Hey, everyone! We hope you've been having as much fun meeting the Credit Karma team as we've been having introducing them to you! Today, you'll be learning more about Ishan, one of our awesome software engineers! Ishan spent a period of his life in Wisconsin, so "it's always summer for [him] in SF." He also writes with more exclamation points than anyone I know, averaging 1.6 per sentence in his introduction email to the team. Either that, or he was just really excited to join the team. Either way, hurray for exclamation points! Learn more about Ishan below!

Continue Reading | 21 Comments | Twitter | |

December 19th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Elaine

Hi there! We hope you've been enjoying meeting awesome members of the Credit Karma team each month on the blog... because it's that time again! This is Elaine, our amazing Talent Acquisition Coordinator! Elaine loves collecting snow globes from her travels and claims she can't do the Elaine dance from Seinfeld, but we're hoping that one day she'll surprise us all. Keep reading to learn more about Elaine!

Continue Reading | 3 Comments | Twitter | |

January 24th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Cathy

Hello! It's that fun time of the week where we introduce you to a member of the Credit Karma team. Last week, we introduced you to Jonathan, our product manager. This week, we decided to interview Cathy, one of our analysts. Cathy's our resident food/restaurant connoisseur, although strangely enough, when asked what sense she'd give up if she had to, she replied, "taste." Shrug. She's a self-professed nerd, so she probably knows what she's talking about. Want to learn more about Cathy? Read on!

Continue Reading | 9 Comments | Twitter | |

November 10th, 2012

Credit Karma’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

Credit Karma's Pumpkin Carving Contest

Contrary to popular belief, we're not just spending our days in the Credit Karma office dreaming about credit scores. Sometimes we like to have a little fun, especially if it involves friendly competition. Last week, we rolled up our sleeves and carved some pumpkins to get in the fall spirit. Check it out!

Continue Reading | 3 Comments | Twitter | |