Ellen Gao

You worked at Flybits before. Why did you come back?
The main reason was the culture and the people here – I started at Flybits as a co-op student, where I got a strong sense of the in-person culture and experience. It was great being a part of a close-knit community of people who want you to grow and succeed. I saw an opportunity to develop my technical skills and experience on exciting projects.

What do you think about the Technology and overall Flybits Business? What motivates you?
The technology has a lot of potential to be used in a lot of different spaces – so far, it brings something cool to the financial space – always motivated by being able to learn something new and explore and try something new.

How would you describe Flybits Culture in a few words?
I would use the word close-knit; the people care about you as an employee and a human being and bring a level of familiarity of being human. Lots of people at the company create the effort and ensure people feel valued.

If you think about the difference in your journey within Flybits can you please describe it?
A lot of things still feel the same – the sense of community – and being close with Coworkers.

What’s something unique about yourself throughout your life journey?
I am quite shy and reserved when you first meet me, but once you get to know me all bets are off! Over the years I have learned to embrace the chaos in my personality and share that with the people in my life. Seeing as there are people who still consider me their friend, I’d say it has worked out quite well for me. There’s never a dull moment!

Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
My parents have been such a big inspiration in many areas of my life, but especially in my career. Apparently, they had a feeling I would end up pursuing something like engineering because I would take apart all my toys to inspect the inner workings when I was a toddler. My dad, who is a software engineer, eventually introduced me to software development. One thing led to another and well… you can see how that turned out!

What is your absolute dream job?
Professional dog cuddler. Professional dog bff. Need I say more?

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Just because someone failed to see the value in what we can create or achieve doesn’t change its worth or ours.” — Brené Brown