Evo uses AI to help businesses reduce waste and make better decisions. But our AI doesn’t build itself! The Evo Family helps us design, structure, support, run and improve our AI and its underlying infrastructure to provide the best possible recommendations to our clients.
Because our team is critical in making Evo tools a success, we want to celebrate the diverse team members around the world that help us fulfil our mission. Each month we highlight one of our outstanding team members and allow them to share a bit of their day-to-day contributions and accomplishments. They’ll even be sharing a bit of their expertise in an article later this month! We couldn’t be more grateful to have these awesome people on our team!
This month, we’re going to get to know our CTO Davide a bit better.
Tell us a little about yourself, Davide.
Hi, I’m Davide. I live in Turin, Italy with my wife Stefania, which is where I work from Evo’s Italian office. I am into all techy stuff, which so my role on the tech team is a perfect fit.
What do you do at Evo?
I’m the head of the Technology Team, which provides the infrastructure that enables our products to add value to data. We work on improving the speed and scalability of our systems to provide greater impact to our clients.
How’d you get started with Evo?
Everything started with my graduation. I did a thesis focusing on a way to distribute R computing scripts, so I was in this R language world. A guy contacted me asking if I wanted to do a lesson on this tool. It went well, and they wrote an article and published it online. The R community is fairly small, so I developed a bit of a profile. When [Evo’s CEO] Fabrizio was looking for an R developer, he found me. I wasn’t an R developer, of course, but we started to cooperate regardless. It was a bit random, but I can now say that school really gave me something back by providing this opportunity. And it’s been a solid collaboration since.
What do you love about your job?
It’s the freedom. Everybody here can do whatever they want to achieve our goals. I have the freedom to choose technologies, freedom to choose the way I shape our projects, freedom to do something new. I love it. We push a lot of freedom to explore to improve things and get better outcomes.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Evo?
We started with nothing but an idea in mind and a bunch of code. Fabrizio wanted to push us outside our comfort zone right away. We definitely explored all the market solutions and all the technologies—well maybe not all, but certainly many. We also started to write our own technologies. So it was a very research-and-development-focused period. This was a challenge, but also very interesting. Now some things are well-established, but at the beginning, it was very much like a start-up culture, always changing.
What excites you about Evo’s future?
The company is evolving in the right direction. You can expect an increase in products, clients, and people. I’m excited to see new people carry their knowledge with them and add diversity to our thinking. This will only make us better. Every time a person joins my team, I learn something new, and we all improve.
What is it like working on the Evo team?
One person alone reaches a limit. You can be the best expert in the world, sure, but it’s very difficult, and you have to start very early with a singular focus. I can do a lot of stuff, but it’s difficult to achieve perfection alone. You can leverage all your skills, but it’s difficult to get to the next level.
When you work with a team, you create with your collective knowledge something that is bigger. You can’t do everything yourself, but you can teach people, convince people, and work with other people to achieve bigger things. On the Evo team, it’s the ideal of that because everyone has the flexibility they need to contribute to the bigger picture as they want and as they do best.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Evo Family?
You need to have a very open, engaged mind. The pace here is not too fast and the things we do are not too difficult, but you have to learn a lot of things quickly. Learning is critical, not just learning new technologies, but also the processes; learning how to work and coordinate with new people, learning how to talk to people to get things done.
Working in an evolving company requires you to love what you do. The employee who just wants to get to the end of the day won’t find a comfortable spot here. The person who loves what they do thrives. Because here, you will learn a lot, but you also have to learn a lot. That love is what makes learning enjoyable, not just work. If you are a smart, passionate learner, the job is yours.
About the author
Kaitlin Goodrich is Evo’s main storyteller who helps communicate Evo’s message to the world.
Kaitlin received her BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages at Georgia Tech and then an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Turin. She worked in Latin America doing education outreach for U.S. binational centers and has since worked as a content writer for international clients.
In her free time, she likes to travel or curl up with a good book.