Welcome to Fluid Truck’s Employee Spotlight blog! We love highlighting our awesome employees and introducing you to the great people behind Fluid Truck.
At Fluid Truck, our product is people. We bring in smart, talented people with a lot of ambition and give them the opportunity to grow and expand their skill sets rapidly. Our end goal is to equip every person who joins our team with the skills they need to one day grow beyond us and create incredible things on their own. Interviews are edited for clarity.
This month’s Employee Spotlight centers on Nick E., Fluid Truck’s Lead Product Manager. Nick loves traveling, being outdoors, and collaborating with the rest of the talented product, dev, and engineering teams at Fluid Truck. Keep reading to learn what it’s like to be at the head of Fluid Truck’s product team!
Tell us about your position at Fluid Truck.
I’m the Lead Product Manager. I wear many hats most days, but at the end of the day, I'm responsible for putting out product features that make a positive impact in people's lives.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with my colleagues and teammates on a daily basis. We have some really talented and motivated people. It's really fun working out solutions to problems with them.
When you aren’t working, what are you usually doing?
I have the traditional Colorado answer! I try to get outdoors as much as possible. Most of my time this summer I've been camping or lounging at the pool.
Do you have any secret talents?
I have some scuba diving certifications! Deep diving and night diving. Not sure if that's a talent, but it's one of my favorite things ever to do.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
One key piece of advice, [Stephen] Joos told me this, which I've always carried, is to prioritize progress instead of perfection in your work. Especially in the product world. Trying to achieve perfection in every detail is going to cause stuff to go over deadlines and over budget. Providing a scoped out solution for what people actually need is what you should do.
If you could have a Fluid Truck full of one thing, what would it be?
I'd love to open the sliding door and see a fully-stocked taco bar with all the fixin’s. Throw in a margarita or two, that wouldn't hurt either!
What motivates you at work?
The biggest motivation is building tools that people actually use, and that make a material impact in the industry. Making progress towards those kinds of things is the biggest motivating factor for me.
If you had a TED Talk, what would it be about?
I'm really interested in TED talks about impactful scientific discoveries. I find those so interesting to listen to, how they can impact the world. If I were to give one, I know it's not my area of expertise, but I'd love to give an optimistic TED Talk about a scientific discovery that could impact people's lives.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I've been pretty lucky for the most part! Very early on in my career, I worked in one of those traditional tall gray cubicles, and I had a pretty miserable experience with the lack of collaboration. Never again will I go back to a tall cubicle I can't see over!
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Ordering Thai or Indian food on a lazy Sunday from my couch.
What would you tell someone who wants to come work at Fluid Truck?
If you really enjoy a fast-paced environment where you can make a huge impact, then this is a great company to work for. The industry is really interesting, and the people are amazing!
Want to work somewhere where you can work with fantastic people and build tools that benefit people’s lives? Click here to check out open positions at Fluid Truck.