Originally a physics major, Cliff did his degree in 1997. He has always dabbled in code and wrote programs at home when growing up. He learnt by programming his own choose your own adventure games.
After college Cliff started working for the department of defense and worked as a civilian scientist. During this time the use of computers in Cliff’s everyday life really started to ramp up. He found himself learning different coding languages after work and building websites for people.
Around 2006 Cliff re-enrolled in graduate studies and he got a Masters in Computer Science. He moved to Jersey to work at a startup which was his first real programming job. After this, he moved to several different companies before heading to Stash, one of the fastest-growing investing and banking apps in the U.S.
01.03 Cliff’s career journey
05.19 Baulder’s Gate and choose your own adventure
06.44 The evolution of the technical career path
09.36 Cliff’s time in defense
12.25 Moving from a large corporate to a startup
16.07 What does Stash do?
18.00 Cliff’s role as the CTO
20.01 Implementing tech as a CTO
22.31 Company growth at Stash
26.35 Hiring engineers at Stash
28.26 Safeguarding culture when you’re growing
32.34 The challenges of remote working
34.22 Attracting the best talent to Stash
37.22 Fintech disruption
40.29 The future of Stash