Welcome Melissa and Caroline!
Caroline spent the first 4 years of her career working at a small health tech company. She loved the mission of the company, which focused on an electronic health record system for the behavioral health and mental health space, as well as learning how to debug and modernize a 20 year old legacy codebase. More recently, Caroline spent 4.5 years working on various teams at Wayfair. She started out on the inventory team; moving logic from sql functions and stored procedures into .NET apps, decoupling inventory logic from internal warehouse logic, and learning how to work on a system that processes thousands of rows of data a minute and has an aggressive 99.99% uptime. She moonlighted on a team working to implement custom logic for large appliance suppliers, consulting on how to set up inventory logic in a reusable manner before moving over to the supplier side of Wayfair. Caroline architected and implemented multiple systems to automate supplier onboarding; starting with a system to allow internal associates to test sending documents between new suppliers and Wayfair, and ending with a python microservice architecture to set up suppliers’ integration settings and connect a modern UI to a legacy database system. Last year, she moved into engineering management and worked to provide her engineering team with individual opportunities to grow as the team worked on a large project to overhaul Wayfair’s supplier model and completely automate new supplier onboarding.
While at Wayfair, Caroline also did a lot of grassroots DEI work; challenging directors and even the CTO to expand their viewpoints and language, and be more inclusive in their messaging and meetings. That’s one of the main reasons she is so excited to join AdeptID and can’t wait to focus on how to make hiring more inclusive and represent each candidate as a whole person, not just their degree.
In her free time, Caroline loves to read, cook, and explore Boston. She grew up on Cape Cod so she loves the beach and the outdoors, hiking and swimming, and can’t wait to get back into traveling a bit more. She also picked up a lot of random home improvement skills during the pandemic, such as wallpapering and building a folding table for my backyard and a barn door for one of my closets. She’s always down to try something new.
Melissa holds a B.S. in Physics from Boston College. Her undergraduate research was in astronomy, and involved using Kepler data to create an unbiased census of Long-Period Variable stars in the Milky Way. After graduating, she worked for a biotech startup where she discovered a passion for software engineering. She took a job as a Software Engineer at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and started M.S. in Computer Science. At Draper, she worked on projects in the fields of astronomy, quantum computing, and machine learning. After three years at Draper, Melissa founded a direct to consumer startup called Smile. Smile was a dating app that used machine learning to match users based on their sense of humor. As the CEO of Smile, Melissa raised a Pre-Seed round and brought the product to market in 4 months with a team of 10 engineers and marketers. The company hit its target of 10K users in Boston in the first 2 months post-launch. The market downturn this year meant shutting down the company with no strategic exit, but Melissa is so excited to bring what she learned to AdeptID. She truly believes in the mission – that AI is the future of job matching, and that we have an opportunity and responsibility to ensure it is done ethically and efficiently.