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.