We’re pleased to introduce Miles Zimmerman, a software engineer on our CyberPolicy team. Since joining CoverHound, Miles has been a key player in building and launching CyberPolicy, and has been working to improve it since.
Where were you originally from, and what brought you to San Francisco?
I was born and raised in the East Bay. I moved down to Southern California for school (and the weather). After working there for a little while, it felt like it was time to move back to the Bay. It also helps that some of the best software engineering companies are all up here!
What is something that not many people know about you?
I am an avid collector of Cowboy's Fuzzy Duds.
When you were a kid - what did you want to be when you grew up? What would your 10-year-old self think of you now?
An interesting anecdote about this - in elementary school one of our teachers had us write a letter about who we were then (for example my favorite food was definitely macaroni and cheese), and what kind of person we wanted to be in 10 years when this letter would be sent to us. When it arrived in my mailbox a few years back, my elementary school self wrote two things: I want to work with computers, and I want to "be an entrepreneur". For the most part, I'd say elementary school Miles' predictions held up.
What are your hobbies?
Lately, I've been enjoying the recent television renaissance! Otherwise the usual twenty-something stuff - side projects, trying to cook, checking out events around the Bay, all that jazz.
What sparked your interest in software development?
As a kid, my parents enrolled me in various summer camps of all different types. One summer, one of the camps focused on learning programming in BASIC and another involved making simple websites and putting them online. In the BASIC class, I made a very small program that just asked for your name and said a few things in response. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. Then, in the web class, over a 6 week period, I learned how to make a website professing my love for all things Spider Man. After that, I was hooked. I have been in love with building things for the web ever since.
What are the 3 things you can’t live without?
Smart aleck me says "air, water, and food." Lower down on the hierarchy of needs, I'd have to say a good summer night barbecue, a comfortable bed, and a warm filling breakfast.
What's been your favorite vacation? Got any cool trips planned?
That's a tough one. I'm going to have to say my first visit to England when my mom moved there several years back. My longtime friend joined me and we traveled around London and Plymouth. Over the trip, we visited my mom, my sister who was also studying abroad in London at the time and even crossed paths with my dad for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas morning, we walked down one of the busiest parts of Oxford street to meet my sister a few blocks away, and there were several moments when no people or vehicles would be in sight. It was eerie but amazing at the same time.
What's your favorite thing about San Francisco?
I'll give another anecdote - back in my teenage years, on a particular beautiful Sunday afternoon, a group of friends and I took a trip over to Dolores Park to relax and soak in the spring air. Before the recent renovations, Dolores had a small collection of shipping containers set around down towards the bottom, where groups tend to congregate. On this particular day, as we loafed around towards the top of the park, we heard a bass beat thumping away near the shipping containers. We walked over to investigate, and found a group of people in costume having a blast. Without much thought we and others around just jumped right in and danced around for a little while, purely enjoying the energy of the scene and the warmth and glow of such gorgeous weather. My time around the Bay and San Francisco is constantly punctuated with these brief but exceedingly authentic, delightful moments, and it's really something I've only been able to experience here. That is my favorite thing about the Bay.
What brought you to CoverHound?
During my search for a job back in the Bay Area, I interviewed with several companies, and most of the interviews went well, but the people I interviewed with seemed fairly "combative", so to speak. When I interviewed with CoverHound, the conversation was entirely collaborative in tone, and I felt immediately comfortable with the people that I interviewed with. The whole experience felt right in my gut, so when they came back with an offer it was a pretty easy decision to make.
What's your favorite part of your job, and what makes you want to come to work in the morning?
Continuing off the last answer - it turns out it was a great decision to come work here, as I'm continuously impressed not only by the caliber of the people I work with but of the great collaborative culture that is fostered here. Our company places a great deal of trust in us to get our work done and do it well, which in turn makes me motivated to meet those expectations. The combination of the autonomy we have to build awesome projects, combined with that collaborative foundation and mutual respect for each other means I never fear asking for help when tackling a hard problem, because if I find I can't figure something out, there's always someone else who can chime in with a great solution. All of these things make for an awesome team I love to work with every day.
Thank you Miles for sharing your experiences! We’re glad you love working at CoverHound, and we love having you on the team.