I love SoundCloud. It’s the beacon of creative freedom in cyberspace, empowering creators and listeners, and requiring no barriers for entry. I had the opportunity to be a part of SoundCloud’s amazing mission, values, and technical strategy, interning for the Senior Vice President of Engineering, Rich Durnall. I was in charge of compiling the three-year technical vision for the company, meeting with every senior engineer to document their team’s software development lifecycles and helping to envision their future technology stacks. This internship involved deep research and speculation about trends in the streaming audio space, contextualized for the platform’s user and creator demographics.
In my engineering management role, I also investigated the cultural health and gender balance amongst the engineering team. I did deep research and forecasting about the future of Soundcloud’s gender balance and wrote a report analyzing the use of gender quotas in organizations.