Charlie: Engineering at Infinitus

Charlie Proctor
Charlie Proctor
Engineering Team Member

This is part of a series of blog posts featuring some of the amazing talent we have working on the technology behind Infinitus.

This week, we’re excited to be featuring Charlie Proctor. Charlie has a background as an entrepreneur and loves building features end-to-end. He also previously worked at Google where he was one of the most prolific interviewers on the engineering side.

Why did you choose to join Infinitus?
A recruiting message from Ankit came to me out of the blue. I was quarantining with family in Connecticut, reading my way through historical fiction novels, and working alone on an automated trading system.

The message came at the right time with the right opportunity. COVID-19 had brought healthcare to the forefront of everybody’s mind. The small and passionate team at Infinitus showed the right combination of skills and experience to define and solve a complex challenge within the realm of healthcare administration. 

Having spent an extended period of time working alone, the team camaraderie apparent throughout the interview process presented the ultimate appeal. For this job to become more than a career, I hoped to find a myriad of opportunities to engage with people and their insights. If you read on, you’ll see that I found exactly that.

What are you working on right now?
I could talk about the work: Conversational AI is a fascinating domain with a unique set of challenges and effectively endless possibility. Building a distributed system that scales to support any number of simultaneous voice calls requires the real-world application of my favorite topics from undergrad.

Instead, I’ll encourage you to read some of the other blog posts. My favorite part about working for Infinitus is the people.

Individually, each member of the group brings an important skill set, often backed by years of compelling experience. At the same time, they’re willing and excited to teach. I’ve learned the intricacies of the golang programming language over a few short months, largely due to the thoughtfulness of code reviews. As one known to cause my fair share of bugs in our system, I appreciate everyone’s eagerness to help solve the problem - often before I even realize that I broke anything!

Combining our unique cast of characters through an inspiring and effective leadership team, we’re able to work seamlessly towards meaningful progress in an exciting domain. On top of product design and engineering implementation, we are a close-knit family that enjoys sharing and learning from each other: It’s easy to call them friends.

That is why I wake up excited for work each and every day.

What are 3 words to describe Infinitus?
Camaraderie, Creativity, Curiosity

What advice do you have for prospective Infinitus candidates?
The best interviews are discussions. Come prepared to engage with your interviewers, both on the engineering and product side. What do you want to know about us and our work?

What’s something you are passionate about outside of work?
Reading. Whether short-form journalism, historical fiction, or research articles, engaging with literature brings the mindful opportunity to explore a diverse and potent set of perspectives. 

My recent favorite is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Under house arrest at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow for 30 years, the fictional protagonist Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov learns to make the best of his confinement, journeying through existential rumination and atypical relationships with an unique cast of characters.

Each new perspective offers us a chance for introspection or for a greater understanding of the world around us. I have come to appreciate just how much I have to learn - and that is the most exciting fact of them all!

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