Meet the Team: Nathan Yapi

Today, we’re going behind the scenes with a Toric engineer, Nathan Yapi. Read on to learn what attracted him to Toric, what he loves about no code, and how he likes to spend his weekends. 

How long have you worked at Toric?

A year and a half. When I joined, there were about 12 people total.


What made you accept the job?

Part of it was that I already knew three of the developers in the company. But what really convinced me was Dov [Toric’s CTO and co-founder]. He really sold me on the technology in my interview. We talked about working on the canvas, which is an API for web development that I’d never used before - but it was on my bucket list. That was a big draw.

I also liked the no-code mission of the company. It seemed like it would be a really good fit for me.

What do you love about no code?

It saves a lot of time. For example, at Toric, our website is built on Webflow, but I’ve worked at companies where I was coding everything that Webflow does. You waste many hours trying to get it perfect. But in reality, the way to get it perfect is to build it 10 times so you can actually see what you want. 

No code lets the person who has the vision experiment until they get the result they want. There’s no back-and-forth. And that’s why I believe in it.

What is the coolest thing you’ve worked on during your time here?

The tables. That doesn’t sound very cool, but when we were implementing the tables, we had to figure out how to display all the data without the platform lagging or freezing up on you. It’s something I thought was going to be really difficult, and it turned out, it was. 

For comparison, when you’re working with Excel or Google Sheets, when you hit a certain number of lines - it’s something like 10,000 - it starts freezing up. We had to figure out how to prevent that from happening in Toric. 

That was a challenge that was really interesting and difficult. 

What does a typical day look like?

I start working at 8:00. I have my three hour block of work where I do my tasks and look at what the top priorities are. Then there’s an engineering standup where we touch base on our day-to-day progress, and after that, I keep working for another few hours. 

As soon as I finish in the afternoon, I’m bouldering or rock climbing or playing volleyball.

You’re on the engineering team now - have you always been in the same role? 

My role has changed - but indirectly. I’ve been taking on more work of my own work without supervision, and I’ve been leading some projects and dispatching the tasks. It’s been an evolution. 

Where are you located?

I’m in Montreal. Most of the engineering team is here, actually. 

What is your team dynamic like? 

About six months ago, we moved into sub-teams. My sub-team has me, another engineer, a UX designer [Angel], and sometimes Dov. We meet three times a week, and we co-op on the same types of tasks. 

I also co-work with one of the other engineers a couple of days a week. We’ll work at one of our houses, and then we coordinate bouldering afterward. Those are the fun days.

Why is Toric a great place to work?

From the engineering side, we work in technologies most other companies don’t. For example, not many developers get to work on HTML canvas, but that’s something we do here.

We also tackle optimization problems. We have to figure out things like how Toric will respond if a lot of data is loaded into a browser. And that’s the type of thing you’re not going to be solving unless you work somewhere like Netflix or Google where they’re dealing with big data problems. 

Lightning round

What’s your favorite snack? Popcorn. And it has to be salty. It’s best when I make it at home with coconut oil.

What’s the best place you’ve ever traveled? Senegal and Kenya. We went on safaris when I was there, and it was amazing. You’d wake up in a tent surrounded by guards, and you could literally see the elephants walking around. I don’t know if you can still do that - we did it when I was really young. But that was cool.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend? Volleyball or brunch with friends. 

What are your hobbies? Rock climbing, bouldering, and volleyball 

What’s something you’ve binged recently? Ted Lasso

Early bird or night owl? Lately, an early bird. I’d been a night owl for many years, but I decided to stop. I realized there are more things to do during the day than at night.

Pets? No. Well, kind of. I got a dog with one of my old roommates, but we don’t live together anymore. So when we see each other, the dog knows I’m his dad, but he doesn’t live with me.

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