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Employee Spotlight: Eduardo Silva

Tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been with Optimal Dynamics.

My name is Eduardo Silva, and I'm a Principal Software Engineer at Optimal Dynamics. I've been with the company for six years, a journey that started when I became the first engineer and fifth employee to join the team. My career with Optimal Dynamics began in New York, but I relocated to Tampa, Florida, in the fall of 2022. 

Can you summarize your job in one sentence?

As a Principal Software Engineer at Optimal Dynamics, I actively navigate across various critical areas, applying my technical skills to lead our architectural and technological advancements. My role involves pioneering new tools and methodologies to enhance engineering efficiency, while also guiding and elevating our team's technical proficiency through hands-on coaching and mentorship.

What inspired you the most to join Optimal Dynamics?

What initially drew me to Optimal Dynamics was the unique opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology that had been honed through decades of academic research. Over the years, while the technology continues to be a pivotal aspect of my engagement, it's the culture we've built here that stands out the most. This culture not only fosters innovation but also facilitates a significant impact through collaborative and supportive team dynamics.

What do you like best about our company culture?

The culture at Optimal Dynamics is truly what I cherish the most. It’s a culture characterized by kindness, engagement, and innovation. We are committed to creating a positive experience for everyone involved—seeing the potential in every challenge and embracing opportunities with open minds. What sets us apart is our collective ability to put aside personal agendas, ego, and perceived limitations, allowing us to explore every possibility from all angles. This environment not only supports but also inspires each of us to exceed our expectations.

What is unique about what we do at Optimal Dynamics?

At Optimal Dynamics, one of the key elements that sets our work apart is the core engine — which provides a sophisticated simulator that projects our customers’ networks over any timeframe, integrating historical data to enhance decision-making. This engine not only evaluates the strategic value of resources in different locations but also simulates the network to assign scores to each load, identifying the most valuable ones for the fleet while offloading others to brokerage. Moreover, it streamlines dispatching by matching the best drivers to loads, or the best loads to drivers, based on profitability and feasibility, allowing for swift and effective assignments.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job at Optimal Dynamics is twofold: firstly, the profound positive impact our work has on our customers, which is incredibly rewarding. Secondly, I thrive on building tools and platforms for our internal technical teams. There's a unique satisfaction in creating solutions that streamline our engineers' workflows and reduce their toil. It’s energizing to develop tools that not only enhance productivity but also make the day-to-day challenges of our team members significantly easier to manage.

How does your work impact our product, and, therefore, the industry? 

In my role at Optimal Dynamics, I have the unique opportunity to influence a broad spectrum of services and infrastructure that underpin our products, particularly our pioneering trucking operations platform. By moving from hotspot to hotspot within the company, I touch almost every aspect of our technological framework, ensuring robustness and innovation at every turn. The impact of our work on the industry is profound; we are deploying a product like this focused on trucking operations for the first time. It sets new standards and capabilities within the industry, fundamentally changing how logistics are managed on a grand scale.

What have been your biggest accomplishments on our team, and what was the impact on the product/company?

One of my biggest accomplishments at Optimal Dynamics was leading the Engineering organization through crucial phases of our company's growth, from Pre Seed to Series B. During this time, I was responsible for all facets of the engineering department, including hiring, training, and product delivery. I optimized our teams across Backend, Frontend, QA, and SRE disciplines, effectively catering to multiple business lines and significantly enhancing our product offerings. Moreover, I focused on upholding and expanding the technical competence of our Engineering team, promoting sustained growth through strategic hiring and targeted training initiatives. These efforts not only strengthened our internal capabilities but also positioned our company as a formidable player in the industry, ready to tackle future challenges with a robust and innovative engineering foundation.

How have you grown professionally while on our team?

During my tenure at Optimal Dynamics, I have experienced significant professional growth, particularly in my leadership abilities and my approach to prioritization. Leading the Engineering team through early-stage funding rounds to more mature phases has not only honed my strategic thinking and leadership skills but also vastly improved my ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced startup environment. Working alongside an exceptionally talented group of colleagues has been incredibly enriching, allowing me to learn from their diverse expertise and insights. This has broadened my technical and operational knowledge, sharpened my adaptability, and enhanced my capacity for innovation. The dynamic and demanding setting of our startup has been crucial in developing these skills, providing a continuous stream of challenges that have refined my professional capabilities.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love to explore new places with my wife, whether close to home or on occasional trips further away. I'm also an avid soccer player and enjoy staying active through running and long walks, which helps me maintain a healthy balance between work and life. Additionally, spending quality time with family and friends is very important to me. These moments are invaluable as they recharge me and keep me grounded.

Can you share a hidden talent that no one knows about you?

I’ve recently started knitting. I’m still working on my night hearing and teaching dogs to understand where I point, but for now, I’ll stick to mastering purl stitches.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who wants to work at Optimal Dynamics?

The best advice I can give to anyone looking to join Optimal Dynamics is to come ready to embrace change and make a real impact. Leave your ego at the door, bring your kindness and curiosity, and prepare to be part of a team that's committed to changing this industry.

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