Nathan Chiu



September 7, 2021

Author: Stytch Team


We’re celebrating another Stytchiversary; Nathan joined us a year ago as a product engineer. He’s spent the past year focusing on our stytch.js sdk. Learn more about his experience as one of the first engineers at Stytch and his love of food.

What do you love most about working at Stytch? 

I’m going to give a super unique answer here, the people here at Stytch make it such an amazing place to work. I’ve learned so much from the smartest people I’ve had the opportunity to work with.

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

I would sum it up in some form of code + planning + learning!

What’s been the most surprising thing about Stytch?

How fast we’ve hired an amazing team! It’s clear we have that appealing of a vision for Stytch.

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

You gotta be on your toes and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. Wearing many hats is a great opportunity and you get to own a product that you get to push forward! 

What’s your favorite part of the Stytch culture?

Collaboration. Stytch has the biggest emphasis on team culture I’ve seen. I’ve never been afraid to ask for feedback or help.

Which Stytch value resonates most with you and why?

Trust like it’s Christmas 1914 – has the coolest name and is why we have such a great team. It feels everyone I work with has really bought into this and is willing to trust each other on technical decisions.

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

As a product engineer, learning about AWS Cloudfront and web + browser caching was fascinating. The web is such a crazy place. And we’re still learning about it today!

How did you end up becoming a software engineer?

I studied math and econ, but dabbled a little in programming in college. Once I started building web products as side projects, I was hooked! I also heard Silicon Valley had a lot of places with free food so that was added motivation.

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

I made my own cold brew during the pandemic

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

This is a very hard question. But Can I Call You Tonight by Dayglow was one of my COVID bops.

What’s your ideal weekend?

Relaxing at a coffee shop either reading or working or very likely doing nothing significant.

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

All things food. I love to eat to the point where it changes my mood when I’m in a bad one. And if I could solve food insecurity I would!


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