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Meet Dan Cepeda, the newest member of our team! Dan grew up in Yorba Linda, California, and attended Valencia High School. He graduated from MIT with a degree in computer science, and worked at Inflection as a data scientist before coming to Quizlet. He also spent his last two summers living in Tokyo and can speak Japanese. Dan has many hobbies — he plays 7 musical instruments, was on the MIT Ballroom Dance Team, loves heavy metal and ska music, and is currently learning to skateboard.

As a member of our platform team, Dan will help ensure that Quizlet works smoothly for all our users around the world. Read on to learn more about Dan:

Quizlet: If you could learn to do anything, what would you learn?

Dan: I want to know more languages. I grew up speaking only English, and I took Spanish in high school, then Japanese in college. I'm not a master yet, but I still practice regularly. I want to live in Japan someday and be a singer. If I'm going to sing in Japanese, I'm going to have to master the language first!

Q: What was one thing you wish you could have changed about high school?

D: I wish I could have learned to code. I've had a computer as long as I can remember, but I never learned programming. When I took my first coding class in college, it changed my life. I truly see the world differently. I think everyone should have that experience. If I'd had it at an earlier age, I think that I would be a stronger programmer today.

Q: What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?

D: In college, I was on the Ballroom Dance Team. Learning to dance has impacted my life in so many ways. I developed patience, I can display and read body language more effectively, and I appreciate music more.

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?

D: My favorite subject was Calculus. Well, it was called Calculus, but it was so much more than that. We learned about politics, figure skating, and finding the slope of tangent lines.

Q: What's the most interesting article you've read recently?

D: About a month ago, AlphaGo made history by beating champion Lee Sedol at the ancient game of Go. I'm very interested in machine learning and a novice Go player, and I was surprised to see Google's machine beat Lee. I read many articles about the architecture behind AlphaGo as well as the revolutionary moves AlphaGo made. They're definitely worth a read.

Comments

  1. blank19332

    1 st and welcome Dan C:

  2. Jrhee7

    Second high five and comment!!!

  3. Boss-A-Lik3380

    2nd best ever

  4. Jrhee7

    New record and welcome Dan!

  5. qztan

    Welcome, you'll like Quizlet, it helps with education and is fun. Congratulations for joining! (I don't care about who has first high-five or first comment or anything like that.) Go CA!

  6. Boss-A-Lik3380

    S-N-O-O-P Snoop Doge D-O-G-E Snoop Doge

  7. dariojimenez

    6th

  8. dariojimenez

    best ever

  9. Eliot_Barnes

    3rd! Welcome to quizlet!

    !! !!
    !
    !! !!
    !!!!!!!!

  10. htimmo

    8th comment! new record!!!! yaaaaaay!

  11. Eliot_Barnes

    whoops. I guess I wasn't 3rd.

  12. htimmo

    Please join my classes:
    Friends, and Biggest class ever!
    thanks!!! also, 7th high fivers!
    i LOVE and ADORE quizlet!
    it is sooooooooooooooooooooooo helpful!!!!
    thank you quizlet!
    welcome Dan

  13. Anthony1E

    What's the point to be first?

  14. harleyserafini

    15

  15. Bng20

    Yo yo yo hey whatever this number is lol

  16. cakes32

    17th

  17. CannonJohns

    19th

  18. Trevor_Houston7

    welcome #sremmlife

  19. Spencer_A_22

    23 comment, and 17 high five! record! and welcome Dan

  20. boelkers

    24th

  21. boelkers

    24th

  22. AmandaIp1

    Welcome to Quizlet, Dan! I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do!!! :D

  23. Alvin_Alex

    XD

  24. Mypasswordisnothing

    Welcome to Quizlet, person I don't know

  25. olayRebecca01

    Welcome to Quizlet, Dan! We are so glad to have you!! You know, it is always nice to have someone new join the Quizlet team. It makes me so happy because I know that our team is growing so big! Thanks for joining and making the World of Quizlet a better place! Just dropped in to say hi and I am very excited to say welcome Dan! Well thanks for joining again. By the way, I am number 26!!

    Hey guys if anybody need a language class to join, go ahead and join mine! I will post a discussion box and I want you to tell me what language you want!

    Oh my gosh, my screen door is open and I thought somebody was walking by, but when I looked, it was just my dog! LOL! thanks a lot Baylee! Haha just thought I would share that. Man, that really scared me!

  26. peter1C1

    eyyy dan lmao idk u butchu coo tho

  27. 4christ43

    Welcome Dan!! (30th comment new record and 24th high five)

  28. danny_Tang2

    welcome to quizlet Dan

  29. Lauren_Nguyen03

    31st comment and 27th high five!!!

  30. scuff19

    YAY!
    32

  31. gus166

    33! and welcome!

  32. wolflover2233

    congrats Dan welcome and 34

  33. wolflover2233

    oh ya and high five

  34. FreddyFazbear17321

    35 ha man enjoy

  35. lobster_meat_in_cans

    Hi I made a group called Lobsters are Cool. I still don't know why, but if you want to join, you totally can. As an afterthought, I might change the name. I don't know, what do you think?

  36. lobster_meat_in_cans

    LOL 37th high five!!

  37. olayRebecca01

    Yeah no life huh? Well, we will see about that! JK. thanks peter1C1, for taking the time to comment on my life. Geez!

  38. a_m_k

    Dan my man, welcome to Quizlet

  39. AJ_Hanmer

    High five 40! Welcome to the paradise of cramming.

  40. Lu_Rob

    bruh nice guitar yo

  41. abbybeauty

    welcome

  42. Quinn_Luong2

    High five 47!! Welcome! (High Five if you like his guitar)

  43. Quinn_Luong2

    #flowers

  44. Wendy_Jublou

    sup

  45. PeterNagy

    Welcome!

  46. rmisti3

    welcome

  47. gussy_12

    Welcome! Thank you for wanting to help people get great grades on test. Without you and other quizlet staff members, I would not get 💯s on all my test and quizzes. Thanks for helping out. 😉

  48. trueethan2

    record

  49. trueethan2

    welcome dan u seem chill

  50. Joshua_Aguilera312

    What are the chances that he lived in the same city as I and went to the same school

  51. jenz220

    Comment!

  52. jenz220

    57!!!

  53. katethegreat_22

    Welcome

  54. DLcca14

    Welcome to Quizlet Dan!!

  55. sumnerjones1

    high five

  56. richardbacchus331

    congrates

  57. MatthewHwang

    Welcome

  58. nin_f

    welcome!

  59. Uni04

    Welcome!

  60. docluver13

    86th high five! :-)

    Welcome to Quizlet, Dan! I hope you have a lot of fun on the Quizlet team! :-) Here's a special welcome poem I wrote just for you:
    WELCOME
    by docluver13

    Welcome dear Dan,
    we'll help you learn if we can,
    hope you'll make us all proud,
    And rise to the top of the clouds!

  61. swagLRD

    Congratulations, Dan! You get to work at one of the most inspirational websites in the history of the World Wide Web! I hope you will make Quizlet better (even though it's already phenomenal) and bring new things to the studying world. Make a splash, Dan. Make a big one.

  62. swagLRD

    Congratulations, Dan! You get to work at one of the most inspirational websites in the history of the World Wide Web! I hope you will make Quizlet better (even though it's already phenomenal) and bring new things to the studying world. Make a splash, Dan. Make a big one.

  63. jeditree

    I Like trains

  64. jeditree

    And cheesecake

  65. thomascoleman1238

    Welcome Dan

  66. galuppo_amber

    Welcome! :)

  67. Herobrine9007

    91

  68. meafoster1

    Hi Dan welcome to quizlet.😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😍😀😀😀😀👌🏽🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉💃🏾🎸

  69. AnviB

    Welcome, Dan! What are the names of the instruments you play?

  70. LiamKellogg

    Hey Dan!

  71. JediMaster777

    108th hi-5

  72. Huong_Lilies

    Hi Dan, what song are you singing? Or just posing?

  73. martin_smith8 TEACHER

    I will be interested to see how you view the habit Japanese has of creating thoughts at a greater distance from the user than many other languages - the basic suffixes which seem to allow navigation (the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings of the language) all happen, first 'backwards' and then 'in great chunks' - whereas other agglutinative languages do the agglutination more locally. I hope Olivia will share with you my proposal for an embedded language learning engine in Q...This morning I was buying my bread so I said to the Hungarian schoolboys in front of me, in Hungarian, do you speak English? - they shook their heads. 'In twenty years everyone will be speaking it!' I said. I would not worry too much about singing in Japanese, as Japanese goes poorly into music, unless you are talking on the level of Takemitsu and Basho. But a great journey, in Lao Tzu's words, starts 'under your feet'! Congratulations on your strong skills and please apply them to language learning! Martin

  74. sfonseka

    Wow, @martin_smith8 that is way cool! You sure know a lot about it. I wish I did! I admire you!

  75. sfonseka

    Welcome, Welcome, the day is new!
    I wish I could write a Japanese Haiku!
    I'm not very good, but that's okay!
    Welcome, welcome, today's a new day!

    Welcome to Quizlet Dan!

  76. Chloehartnett

    nice guitar

  77. Devon_Leaver

    Welcome! Too tired to say anything..stayed up late trying to study.

  78. Stephiee_

    NOBODY CARES IF YOU'RE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, OR FOURTH OR ANY NUMBER OH MY GAH

  79. Oliver_Boyd

    Hey welcome to quizlet

  80. Stephiee_

    But welcome, Dan.

  81. Erica_Sun

    Welcome, Dan

  82. FloodWarningG

    128th High Five :)

  83. PhoenixPig4

    Welcome :D

  84. PhoenixPig4

    NYHE NYHEE

  85. ewsonntag

    HI

  86. ewsonntag

    135 and 136

  87. ewsonntag_II

    hi

  88. ewsonntag_II

    137 and 138 and am ewsonntag too

  89. ALEXANDER_JOHNSON66

    hi hi hi hi hi hi

  90. missjasminemyles

    It's nice to meet you! Have a great time.

  91. WarrioroftheTruth

    Welcome Dan!!!!!! I have a guitar that looks A LOT alike. XD Nice! Welcome to Quizlet!!!!!!!!!!! :D God Bless!

  92. Vito_Manzella

    Hi XD

  93. HurtleSquirtle

    162nd high five

  94. HurtleSquirtle

    44th comment-check out ATF(All Things Fun)!

  95. jonglz2002

    1000000000000000000th

  96. theMBuffington

    163rd high five. Welcome to Quizlet, Dan!

  97. NHW12345

    Welcome, Dan to Quizlet! I totally agree with PinkInklingGirl21 and sfonseka! Obviously, I adore Japanese (whether haikus, cosplay, or manga and anime)! Make the best of your stay, because, good gloss, we all must live our lives to the fullest!

  98. NHW12345

    Joy to the World!
    Joy to the Earth!
    Joy to the Universe!
    #SettleItInQuizlet!

  99. nsonn

    Welcome

  100. User013

    Welcome Dan!

  101. Emily_Ustick

    hiya welcome. hope you like science

  102. Emily_Ustick

    you must love guitars i like guitars too

  103. Parker_Fox2

    Welcome!

  104. Bigg2020

    i play electric and classical.

    Anyway, welcome

    ps. you look like my cousin

  105. Drew_Schlachter

    Congrats Dan, word of advice, don't take Spanish 2

  106. ANDREW_DEVENBERG

    IM A BIKER THAT DON'T LIKE THEM HIKERS
    IM A JULE THAT AINT NO FOOL
    MY HUMMER IS CALLING YOUR NUMMER;)
    HOOK ME UP AND WELL GO GET A CUP

    enter number ----------------

  107. qwerqwer123123

    WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELC

  108. RUReddy

    Hello, Anyone want to learn about India????? I have a class set up just for that. Its called "DHSP 7/8 Pentathlon 2015-2016". I have all kinds of facts about India which anyone can learn from. feel free to request access and learn more about the wonderful things about India!

  109. li_xuanji PLUS

    welcome dan!!!

  110. YES_Edward

    Hi Dan!

  111. D_Nyko

    welcome dan my g

  112. D_Nyko

    NICE MEME

  113. MyNan_AtTheAsylum

    Hey Guys sub to my YT channel Got Stripes quality content with solid lads ;P

  114. MaDe-Of-StArS

    Learning to skateboard?coo!l I am a long boarder although i do skateboard a little! (:

    good luck with singing in Japanese and stuff!

  115. abiddlebug

    290 zz

  116. Xx-_-0v3r5c0r3d-_-xX

    @Jrhee7 Joe is that you?! It's me Faizan! Remember?

  117. Xx-_-0v3r5c0r3d-_-xX

    @Jrhee7 I didn't know you used Quizlet! What a coincidence!

  118. stachecat

    Wow Dan!

  119. Seanko

    DAMN DANIEL

  120. Seanko

    BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE WHITE VANS

  121. Pattystar5000

    hi dan

  122. sclough30147

    WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELCOME DAN!WELC

  123. wihftimctb

    Velkommen

  124. moha16

    HI DAN WELCOME TO QUIZLET

  125. kishore17

    HI

  126. Kyoko_Hiwatori

    Congratulations! I hope you prosper in the field of your choice! :D

  127. Wooah

    hia

  128. Wooah

    welcome

  129. shazninzullah

    hi

  130. Rosalyn_Wright

    hey

  131. Jan_Dyer

    Thank you

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