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James Tsao

Engineering and Product
Joined AlphaSights

2019

Hometown

New York, USA

Education

Columbia University, BS in Computer Science

Interests

Data visualizations, intuitive APIs, hiking, food exploration

Why did you join AlphaSights?
AlphaSights recognizes the importance of work/life balance; this has been all the more crucial during the pandemic. As a new parent, I appreciate the time and flexibility offered to me to help raise my son during this turbulent period.

Tell me about your position at AlphaSights.
I am an engineer on our flagship workflow system. My team focuses on improving user experience and efficiency while structuring the information we capture. This dichotomy lends itself to engaging problems along with satisfying solutions.

What is your greatest success so far?
Rebuilding a key platform that was previously provided through a third party SaaS provider. The new platform enables the business units to scale into multi-million dollar revenue streams.

What makes AlphaSights unique?
We are all supportive of one another and want to see each other succeed. We work autonomously yet in close collaboration with each other.

What are you passionate about?

Clean code and architecture.

What is something interesting that you recently learned?

In React, a JavaScript library for building user interfaces, the useRef hook can be used as an instance variable, which is a useful alternative to the useState hook. https://reactjs.org/docs/hooks-faq.html#is-there-something-like-instance-variables