Octane is revolutionizing the buying process for major recreational purchases with digital products and solutions. We recently spoke with John Yook, Staff Engineer, to get his view on working at this fast growing startup.

What sets Octane apart from other startups?

The business itself. We’re still a startup but a startup with one foot on very solid ground. That’s pretty rare. Startups are often struggling to survive, or if they establish themselves, it’s not easy to find a stable startup that still has a realistic and achievable path to be something much larger with high chances of success. The way people shop and obtain credit is changing, so there’s a lot of opportunity for Octane going forward and, subsequently, a lot of scope for personal and career growth for their team. 

What makes Octane unique?

A few super sharp founders correctly identified a niche where it was possible to build the tech with the resources of a startup, compete and be successful. This approach has been the greatest advantage thus far, founders that went after this opportunity and built a working solution and legit IP for the automated decision of loans. It makes it hard for people following us to build the tech and solve these problems from scratch.

Also, the people here are pretty nice. I’m glad I get to spend my time working with interesting, smart, competent people that I enjoy seeing every day. 

Why did you choose Octane? 

The technical problems I would be working on sounded interesting so I thought Octane would be the right place to learn, get experience and grow. Also the people I met during the interview were absolutely fascinating. One of the co-founders interviewed me. He was CTO before but he demoted himself when Octane grew. Typically founders in that position would demote themselves to Director or Senior VP. He demoted himself to Engineer, which shows a low ego and a good life mentor. I wanted the opportunity to learn from and work with someone like that.

Learn more about careers at Octane.

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