Tim Caro, Senior Lead Software Engineer
November 21, 2017
Name: Tim Caro
Position: Senior Lead Software Engineer
What powers would you have if you were a superhero or a villain? Why?
If I was a superhero, I would fly, for sure – mainly because it’s really cool. If I was a villain and looking to cause trouble, I don’t think I’d want to take over the world or do evil things. I’d make people’s lives really interesting or uncomfortable, like Andy Kaufman. In that case, I’d want the power of mind reading so I could put people in weird situations that would make their days much more interesting and entertaining. I wouldn’t really want to hurt anyone.
What is your most noteworthy talent?
I would say that my most noteworthy talent is being a great host. Every time someone comes to visit New York City, I really enjoy taking them out and showing them all the great places here. I know I get it from my mom, but I really enjoy doing it. I think it’s just the culture I grew up in – cooking food and entertaining those you love.
How does The Trade Desk differ from its competitors in terms of culture?
The cliché answer would be that The Trade Desk differs because we have the best culture. I think there’s a certain vanity to that statement in that it’s very surface level – like saying “we like people”. Everyone likes people. But, with The Trade Desk, it’s really where the rubber meets the road.
The difference with The Trade Desk is that regardless of how much experience you have or how long you’ve been with the company, you haven’t lost touch with your real self. There’s no ego. You’re just a regular person, and there’s no reason why Person A and Person B couldn’t or wouldn’t interact. I think this breaks down the barriers in our culture. Everyone can talk openly and feel like their voice is valued.
What do you think is the most important quality to have on the Engineering team at The Trade Desk? When do you think that quality proves most useful?
Unrelenting curiosity. In other words, when you’re given a problem or task, you’re so curious that you become obsessive about solving it. I always know that I’ve found great engineers when they refuse to let go of a problem I’ve given them until they figure it out. This quality proves especially useful for a lot of the problems we work on. Many of these problems have never been addressed before, meaning that engineers can’t simply ask someone else for the answer or search the internet for the key. You have to be intrinsically built to problem solve and not give up until you figure it out