Quinn Toyoda

  • Studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (2020)
  • Spent 4 months at Hootsuite (January – April 2017)
  • Joined our Billing team
  • Worked with Docker, Ansible, Scala, PHP, and ReactJS
  • Connect with me on LinkedIn

My Contributions

  • Led team while implementing framework to support customized pricing while grandfathering pre-existing users’ plans
  • Assisted in the transition to Entitlements Scala microservice through the deprecation of legacy PHP endpoints
  • Improved front-end billing pages by implementing a customer support call button and adding the capability to support diverse prices

My Experience

During my co-op at Hootsuite, there was one phrase I used more than any other and it was “Really?!”

It started on the first day when my team informed me that I’d be pushing a change to production right away. Really?! Moreover, while completing that single task, the phrase popped into my head numerous more times as I was exposed to the incredible infrastructure and culture at Hootsuite (including a floor-wide round-of-applause for completing the push, yes, really). As the term continued, this theme of constant surprise and wonder followed:

Being selected as Epic Champion to lead a major team initiative – Really?!

Having full autonomy to work on a hack of my choice each Friday  – Really?!

Drinking beer and playing ping pong with the coworkers weekly – well, you get the point.

Being a member of the billing team exposed me to variety of problems and allowed me to expand my technical knowledge of Scala, PHP and React. Further, I was able to experience a service mesh and quickly learned the countless benefits first-hand. My time as a Hootsuite co-op truly has evolved me as both a developer and an individual by challenging me to embrace surprise and #BSU; it really has been a life changing experience.