Our blog series, Featured Tectonauts, highlights the amazing characters we get to interact with daily here at Tecton. Want to join the team? Check out our open positions here.
What do you do at Tecton? What does your team do?
I lead FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) and strategic finance activities here at Tecton. My fundamental goal is to help the company make sound financial decisions that support our go-to-market and product development goals.
More tactically, I am responsible for all of our financial planning activities, including setting annual budgets, updating forecasts, and financial reporting. But my favorite part of the role is working closely with business leaders to help them manage their functions in a financially efficient and scalable way. This allows me to learn about and engage with every part of the company.
What led you to join Tecton?
I really enjoy the fast pace and controlled chaos of a small, growing start-up. There are always new and unexpected challenges to solve, and that keeps me engaged and energized. What made Tecton so appealing to me was that it’s creating a category in a relatively young but rapidly growing industry. In the not-too-distant future, I believe every company will leverage ML and Tecton is the platform that will help them do it.
What activity helps you relieve stress outside of work?
Being with my two young kids just makes the stress of the day disappear. My oldest (7) loves talking about her day at school and all the exciting things she did. My youngest (4) is a ball of energy who loves to be silly and tell nonsensical jokes. I just adore seeing life through their eyes and experiences.
Where do you think heaven on Earth is and why?
For me, it’s a pristine, remote tropical beach. I find the warmth of the sun and the sound of the wave so peaceful and calming. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a few of these serene moments, with spots in Aruba and Bermuda being my favorites.
What’s the best swag you’ve ever received?
A Yeti Hopper backpack cooler. As an employee, I thought it was awesome; as the head of FP&A, it felt a little expensive (but hey, that’s my job). But the company had had a great year and it was nice to be rewarded with such a unique piece of swag.
What’s the longest train or plane ride you’ve ever been on?
I once flew to Dubai, which was about 16 hours. I was surprised by how painless the experience was. I had some decent meals, got some rest, and watched a half dozen movies.