SpringML: What is your current position at SpringML?
Bret: I am an Einstein Analytics Developer at SpringML and I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with customers to define their data needs and from there I can build apps, dashboards, visualizations, or code up a custom solution within the EA platform. I strive to make my customers feel heard and included in my process by exploring their data in-depth and fully understanding their business processes. In this way, I am in a better position to deliver a product that exceeds their expectations and streamlines their workflow.
SpringML: What’s the first thing you do when you come into work and last to wrap up the workday?
Bret: Each morning before I can start work I have to set up my workspace: plug in the second monitor, get out a pen and paper, plug in my various chargers/devices, and fill up my water bottle. I am definitely a morning person, so I like to get to the office before everyone else because I work best in those quiet hours. At the end of the day I pack up and go home with my girlfriend (we carpool).
SpringML: Before joining SpringML, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Bret: I worked for a moving company for two years in college. A client’s entire life would get stuffed and un-stuffed into the back of a truck within the span of a few hours, which most people find pretty stressful. This job taught me to empathize with a client, figure out exactly what I could do to make their day easier, and then execute on time. I was surprised by how well that skill carried over to consulting, and I use it every day. The best part about that job was when clients gave us cool stuff that they didn’t want anymore. I once got a giant 70 inch TV, and another time I got an electric scooter!
SpringML: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Bret: I’d have to go with Elon Musk. He is directly involved with the engineering teams in some form at all of his companies. His ability to soak up and apply knowledge so quickly is incredible. I’m also inspired by his personal mission to take on the hard projects for the betterment of humanity. Check out Neuralink if you haven’t already.
What are 3 words to describe SpringML?
Bret: Approachable, inventive, and applicable.
SpringML: Best vacation you’ve been to?
Bret: I love just going camping. Either with a group or a loved one, being outdoors resets me. Most recently, I went camping with my girlfriend at Bass Lake in California. We borrowed a camper trailer for the first time and got away from everything for the weekend. Here is me on a hike by the river that feeds the lake.
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
Bret: I downloaded the game “Mario Run” for a plane ride, but didn’t know a network connection was required to play it. That means ads are probably part of the game, and I haven’t decided if it’s worth opening yet.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Bret: I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and I love to build/fix stuff. I built my own 3D printer from a cheap DIY kit about a year ago and I’m constantly making modifications to it. Comparing the progress of my prints with each modification is very fulfilling to me and every failure is a chance to learn more about the field. My next big hobby I think will be electronics because I want to start building home automation devices with 3D printed parts. I also enjoy binging Netflix with my girlfriend, attending music festivals, and traveling.
How do you find a work/life balance?
Bret: I find that it’s important to keep multiple hobbies. Having multiple choices helps keep the activity interesting and fresh. If I start procrastinating on my leisure time, that’s when I know it’s time to switch hobbies.