Alex Zaldastani 

We’re so excited to celebrate another Stytch-iversary with our very own, chess-loving, Switch playing, book-club leading engineer, Alex Zaldastani! As our team continues to grow, we look forward to sharing more glimpses into our culture at Stytch through the eyes of the folks who help build it and know it best. Meet Alex! 

What do you love most about working at Stytch? 

My coworkers! Everyone is intelligent, considerate, and excited to shape Stytch’s culture. They make it easy to collaborate and get unblocked. A close second – we have great lunch food.

What does a typical day at Stytch look like for you?

It really depends what stage of a project I’m working on. I’ve spent the last year building a lot of features from zero to one. So one day could be spent specing a solution by having lots of conversations with other engineers and getting feedback. Or it could be spent doing lots of heads down coding, bugbashing, and shipping.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Stytch?

Our growth! I’ve always felt confident about it, but didn’t think it would be this fast. It’s been rewarding recruiting and growing the company with hires who care about our work and social culture.

What’s your favorite part of the Stytch culture?

My favorite part of work culture is our communication. The team is great at speaking up or giving feedback. Our focus on communication has definitely helped us scale.

Which Stytch value resonates most with you and why?

Design for the future; build for the present. It’s been at the forefront of my decision making while building out our MVPs the last year.

How did you end up becoming a software engineer?

I really like math and logic. Software Engineering seemed like a field where I can scratch my logical problem solving itch while working at cool, new, impactful companies.

When’s the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?

Rocked a middle part at a costume party. I went as Nick Dean from Jimmy Neutron.

What song, hobby, or recipe got you through COVID?

Definitely chess. I knew I liked turn based games and I’m surprised it took me so long to start playing chess. I love playing the Legal’s Mate and the Fried Liver Attack. Also – I got into chess before Queen’s Gambit, I promise.

What’s your ideal weekend?

A mix of dancing, games (board, video, or other), tennis, and food. Saturday mornings almost always include a breakfast sandwich from either Bandit or Devils Teeth.

What’s something you’re passionate about that’s not on your resume?

I really enjoy reading. My favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Brandon Sanderson, and Cixin Liu (author of the Three Body Problem trilogy, a must).