Employee Spotlight – Julie Mao

We’re so excited to welcome Julie Mao to Bricleir as Lead Engineer. Learn a bit more about her below!

What was your first job in engineering? 

I worked on Cisco’s line of firewall products as my first full-time job after graduating from college. I programmed in C and experienced working in a large global corporation.

How did you hear about Bricleir? 

I had the pleasure of hearing about Bricleir from Ireland herself when we were coworkers at the startup Deliv. Over time, I also saw the idea come to life by watching Ireland form a corporation, raise money, and launch the platform. Today, I’m very happy to become part of the Bricleir journey.

What excites you about joining or continuing to work at a startup?

Having worked at large and small organizations, I’ve found that as a company grows, so do internal processes and company politics. Early on, startups are required to focus on the essentials – building the product or service, driving revenue, and staying lean. What I really enjoy about my work is to build features that get used by real users, and working at a startup enables me to do just that without the other distractions.

What are some of your professional goals or interests outside of Bricleir?

Promoting and introducing STEM to kids has been a passion of mine, but regrettably, I haven’t dedicated as much time to it as I’d like.

Tell us about someone who inspires your leadership style or some company that provides a company mission or culture you’re inspired by.

I find the Zappos story to be very inspiring even to this day. Zappos transformed the very in-person experience of shoe-buying into an online one and excelled at it. They wooed customers with things like a 365-day return policy and free next-day shipping. They’re also known for having an open Culture Book, experimenting with holacracy, and revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas, which are all positive initiatives that deserve recognition.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

 “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela