Employee Spotlight: Toni Ma
We sat down with Toni Ma, Software Engineer at SeamlessDocs, to learn more about her experiences, motivations, and aspirations.
Employee Name: Toni Ma
Nickname: T-Money, T-Maker, Trademark
Title: Software Engineer
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Tell us a little about yourself:
I've been a software engineer for about 5 years and started working at SeamlessDocs this past summer.
Specific role in company:
I'm one of the engineers on the backend team here. The stuff that I work on is largely invisible to the end user unless it starts acting up, so this is basically the most glory I'll ever get for it.
I was working as an engineer for Yodle, an online marketing company that specializes in working with small, local businesses in creating and maintaining their web presence. Before that, I majored in computer science and political science at Columbia and have always been interested in government and politics as an institution.
Favorite SeamlessDocs feature:
As a backend engineer, my favorite feature is really the entire platform. At SeamlessDocs, we're building next-generation software on top of a really robust and scalable platform that's going to allow us to grow our user base while simultaneously adding features and ensuring that everything stays up and running as reliably and beautifully as our customers expect. Our tech stack includes Scala, Docker, Kubernetes, and Prometheus, and while most users will never see or know about this part of our technology, it's what brings me into the office every day and gets me excited about our future.
What sets SeamlessDocs apart from other companies?
There aren't very many companies that even want to begin to tackle the very real but less-than-glamorous problem of government paperwork.
What does “Government is Beautiful” mean to you?
For me, the most amazing thing about software and technology is its ability to seriously improve the lives of users and customers. I love being able to point to something that I helped build and know that it helped solve a real problem someone had. A citizen filling out a form online might not know that they're using our product, but they do know that the interaction was as seamless as possible.
Advice for someone considering a role at SeamlessDocs?
We're hyper-focused on our mission of making government beautiful; if that speaks to you, you'll fit in here.