It’s a (double) Stytchiversary! Meet Aiden Forrest & Ovadia Harary

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Stytch Team

August 3, 2022

What do you love most about working at Stytch? 

Aiden (AF): As the first brand designer, I love that I helped build the brand and that I get to continue to grow and evolve it — basically I get to do what I love every day! I also love that at Stytch, we have built a company culture in which everyone has a seat at the table and all ideas are welcomed.

Ovadia (OH): I’m a big fan of the team. The team comes from a range of experiences and backgrounds, and I’ve learned a lot from everyone at the company, and most importantly everyone is fun and enjoyable to work with.

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

AF: I don’t think a typical day really exists for me but during the week I am usually heads down on a design project, reviewing design work and providing feedback or in meetings.

OH: I work on east coast hours, so while the rest of the team is snoozing, I get most of my code writing, code reviews and other heads-down work done in the morning. The afternoons are a mix of pairing with the team, writing technical specs and once in a while a meeting.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Stytch?

AF: The rate at which we’ve scaled! It’s been really amazing to watch the team grow from 10 people to 50+ in little over a year.

OH: The pace and progress we’re able to make as a company. Everyone is heads down working and it is impressive what we are able to achieve.

Stytch has gone from 0-1 in the last year, what have been some of your biggest learnings about joining an early stage company?

AF: It is rewarding and fun to be apart of an early stage company but you have to be ready for a lot of change and pivots along the way. It’s been important for me to stay adaptable and flexible. 

OH: It’s incredible what you learn from your early customers — you really can’t build in a vacuum. You need to always be talking to your customers and having them use your product. 

What’s your favorite part of the Stytch culture?

AF: Everyone is a team player and always happy to jump in and help one another out! 

OH:The passion everyone brings to work.

What Stytch value resonates the most with you and why?

AF: Fail fast. As a designer I find myself moving quickly on projects so I can iterate multiple times to get to the best solution. This should be a part of every designer’s DNA.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on at Stytch?

AF: There have been so many already, but my favorite projects have been creating brand systems for the core Stytch brand and our Web3 consumer brand Vessel. I love the branding process and find that it’s my happy place. It’s also very rewarding to start out with just a name on a piece of paper and turn it into a whole visual system.

OH: We migrated our infrastructure we run our core services on and it reduced our deploy time by ~75%.  

How did you end up becoming a Brand Designer? 

AF: I went to school for graphic design! After graduating from college I moved to San Francisco where I started in advertising but soon pivoted to a small music tech company where I fell in love with in-house design and the impact you can have working with just one brand.

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

AF: I’ve been working and living in Portugal for the summer! I’ve never been to Portugal or tried working remotely from another time zone. It’s been a great experience and I’m so grateful the Stytch team has been so supportive. 

OH: A couple months ago I was visiting Stytch HQ and I learned how to do my first somersault (at least as an adult). It was riveting.

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

AF: None of the above. It was reality TV LOL! I watched a lot of Bachelor and Love Island.

What’s your ideal weekend? 

AF: Going on a long walk and ending up a craft brewery.

OH: Beach. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. 

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

AF: Thrift and vintage shopping! Anytime I travel I always make a point to find the best thrift stores and flea markets.

Wanna work with great people like Aiden and Ovadia? We’re hiring! Check out the Stytch Careers page to see what fits.

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