March 13th, 2014

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Travis

 

Ishan

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

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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!

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January 9th, 2014

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Rob

Hey, everyone! Read to meet another awesome member of the Credit Karma team? This is Rob, another one of our talented infrastructure engineers! Rob is way too humble to admit this, but he has the nicest handwriting in the world. While most of our meeting notes look like scribbles, his look like they were typed up by a computer! It's very impressive. Scroll down to learn more about Rob!

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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!

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November 26th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Chris

Hey everyone! As you might know, we've been introducing you to another awesome member of the Credit Karma team each month on the blog. Well, be excited... it's that time again! Meet Chris, one of our talented infrastructure engineers! Other than knowing he's a whiz at photography, I actually don't know much about Chris. But I do know that he saved me from being the "new kid" at Credit Karma for very long... he started the day after me! And for that, I will be eternally grateful. Since I wasn't able to tell you much about Chris, it's probably best that you hear from him directly. Keep on scrolling!

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October 10th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Keith

Hey there! Are you excited to meet another awesome member of the Credit Karma team? Well, you should be! This is Keith, one of our excellent software engineers. A little about Keith: he broke his arm three times in two years and is pretty much always wearing black so he doesn't have to worry about color coordinating/matching his clothes. He also used to edit technical books, but we're very glad he decided to join our team instead. Learn more about Keith below!

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September 26th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Dan

Hello! Today, it's my privilege to introduce you to another awesome member of the Credit Karma team! 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:

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August 22nd, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Helen

Hey there! It's that fun time of the month where we get to introduce you to another awesome member of the Credit Karma team! Just as a quick reminder, last month we introduced you to Hok, one of our great software engineers. Today, meet Helen! Helen's first job involved dissecting cow eyeballs, which is quite different from her role of marketing manager at Credit Karma. She also carries around a Star Trek action figure as a good luck charm. We love this, as we're all a little nerdy around here. Learn more about Helen below!

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July 11th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Hok

Hi! Ready to meet another awesome member of the Credit Karma team? Last month, we introduced you to Henry, one of our business development analysts. Today's interview features Hok, one of our talented QA Engineers. Hok loves visiting national parks and is into camping and hiking. Also, unlike most of the engineers on the Credit Karma team, he apparently doesn't get a Nerf gun in the hopes that others would not shoot an unarmed civilian (or... CKer). Eek! Sounds dangerous. Want to learn more about Hok? Read on!

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June 6th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Henry

Hey there! It's that exciting time of the month where we get to meet another awesome member of the Credit Karma team! Last month, we introduced you to Alex, one of our front-end developers. Today's interview features Henry, one of our talented business development analysts. Some fun facts about Henry: he loves to trade currencies on nhis time off and likes to treat his friends out to lunch when the EUR/YEN moves in the right direction. Read on to learn more about Henry!

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