This post is a part of a new series on this blog, called How I Work. It will feature interviews from engineers at top tech companies and startups, describing what a typical day is like. For this post, we interviewed Erwan Lent, Co-Founder and CTO of Cintric.
Cintric is an early-stage startup located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They offer developers a mobile SDK that converts mobile data into valuable insights. It helps your company understand consumer behavior, interests, lifestyle, and patterns in the context of your daily location.
This information helps companies make better decisions with a more clear understanding of who its customers are.
I met Erwan at the Launch Festival in San Francisco this past March. As a marketer, I loved Cintric. As a consumer, I was a little worried. Ultimately, I think it’s a great product and I came away really impressed. So I asked Erwan to participate in our “How I Work” series, to see what it’s like to be a young CTO of an early-stage startup, outside a major tech hub.
Jixee: What’s your current position and how many years of experience do you have?
I’m the CTO of Cintric and I’m currently 20 years old. I started my first tech startup at 17, then moved on to work as an application developer for the Financial Aid office of UCSB. At 19, I went through a top 10 accelerator with my next startup, which eventually evolved into Cintric.
Jixee: Tell us about your company and the work you’re doing?
Cintric is a location services SDK that passively tracks users in the background without draining battery. With millions of data points being collected, Cintric converts those data points into valuable insights. Cintric helps you access and understand consumer behavior, interests, lifestyle and patterns by understanding them in the context of location.
Jixee: How big is your team and how is it structured?
Cintric is composed of 4 founders and 1 employee, with everyone being technical. One of the founders serves as CEO and handles most of the business development and investor communication. The other three founders (myself included) serve as the engineering backbone. Our employee does all the design and front-end web development work.
Jixee: What’s your work setup like? What hardware/software do you use?
I use a Samsung ATIV book 9 plus (3200×1800 touch screen, i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) with an additional 27 inch 1080p monitor.
Github, Webstorm, Slack, Sublime, Chrome, MobaXTerm, RoboMongo, Postman
Jixee: Can you describe your typical day from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed?
I live with one of the co-founders, so I get up at 9 and we show up to work by 10. We only live 10 minutes away so it’s a short drive. Meetings are pretty minimal, with client or investor meetings happening only about once a week with me. We start off every week with a company catch-up where we go through last week’s work and go through what we’re working on next.
I personally work on several projects to which I usually dedicate a week or two per individual project. I manage all dev ops, dev workflows, and functionality of our online dashboard. The company culture is great,; everyone on the team is a close friend of mine yet we know to act differently when in the office working.
We’ve got a keg of beer on the second floor along with some couches. We’ve also got a BBQ in the back. We work until 7pm minimum, then usually grab a beer and play board games before we go. Since we’re a startup though, there are plenty of days where we work through the night or work through weekends, but we make sure to celebrate our successes. When I get home, work sometime follows. We all have our support system hooked up to our personal phones so there’s lots of emailing and dealing with customers when we get home.
Jixee: What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is looking to get a job at Cintric?
Prove to us that you’re resourceful and know how to “hack the system.” Thinking outside the box is what we’re all about at Cintric, so past experiences or life decisions where you were resourceful will show us that you fit right in.