Meet Yuichi Hagio, a developer at Stradigi AI with a background in business and economics. Learn how he transitioned to the world of AI and what brought him to Montreal. Born and raised in Japan, Yuichi wasn’t always interested in coding. He began his career in Marketing but quickly realized his calling was in the tech space which brings us to today. Tell us about your background. Growing up I always envisioned myself living outside of Tokyo. I decided to take a leap and study abroad at the University of Arizona, where I studied business and economics. After living in the United States for 3 years, I decided it was time to go somewhere I had never been before. I was looking for a new cultural experience — a place that was both diverse and welcoming, which is why I chose Montreal. I have been here for over 6 years now. Becoming a developer. While working for a video game company, I realized that programming was a huge interest of mine. I recall constantly watching YouTube videos and keeping up with the latest research to teach myself all the ins-and-outs of the craft. I officially transitioned into this field when I landed my first job as a software engineer at a tech company in Montreal, prior to joining Stradigi AI. Fast forward 2 years later and here I am as a developer. How would you describe your role to a fellow developer? Every day you face a new problem, and although it can be very challenging at times, it is definitely the most exciting part. A lot of people have the impression that developers stare at their screens all day, but actually, it’s a lot of brainstorming with teammates and cross-functional collaboration. Stradigi AI powers us to work this way with it’s welcoming and open environment. I work on the back-end of our platform, Kepler, and need to collaborate with the front-end team to ensure we feed them the right data. Our most recent project was figuring out how to deploy our multiple applications all at once instead of individually. After brainstorming with the Product and DevOps team, we finally solved the problem making it easier and faster for all. Give us a little insight, what has been the most interesting project so far at Stradigi AI? I would have to say building the back-end pipeline for the platform. The team was tasked to develop something that was new to the company, which is nerve-wracking but most rewarding at the same time. To say you are a part of this journey is a huge accomplishment. Another key highlight would be that our applications are constantly meeting our high test coverage — we aim to have it at more than 85% but it always surpasses at about 95-99%. How do you define success in your role? As a developer, the most defining moment is when the end user is satisfied with what we built. We try to ensure that the complete experience is enjoyable, that goes from minimizing bugs within the software to an overall positive user experience. Are you looking for a change of pace in your work life? Join here to meet people like Yuichi today.