What We Do
Do you like to travel? Do you go to concerts or sporting events? Do you use public or municipal transportation to go to work or get around your city but own a vehicle or do you drive in to work?
Making it easier to find parking for events
From sports to shows, the Verticals Squad works to make it easier to locate parking to take some of the stress away so that you can enjoy your outing. We do this by constantly improving the ability to discover events and associated parking in your area.
Do you use SpotHero to find a monthly spot for your car in the city? That is the Verticals Squad! We build and support the monthly parking product for SpotHero.
Parking at the Airport
The Verticals Squad at SpotHero builds and supports parking solutions that make it easier to find spots at or near airports for travel that’s safe, convenient, and affordable.
Parking at Work
And finally, we support applications for streamlined workplace parking.
Our mission is to provide an effortless and stress-free experience from searching for a spot to purchase and parking your car.
What We Love
- Design thinking
- Distributed systems development
- Building fast and scalable applications
- Cross-team collaboration
Our Front End Stack is: Our Front End stack is React/Redux, Sass, Jest/React Testing Library/Cypress, and Webpack. We maintain a private npm repository with shareable UI components, utility functions, Babel/ESLint/Prettier configurations, and custom tasks.
Our Back End Stack is: Monolith using Django/Python/PostgreSQL. We are moving our Monolith to a Modular Monolith, using Domain Driven Design. When relevant we extract specific domains to Services currently using Java, Kotlin, and GoLang. We also use Docker, deploy our apps via Kubernetes. We use Kafka for asynchronous-messaging and gRPC for synchronous service-to-service communication. Our Integrations are built on .Net CORE, moving to Kotlin.
Our Dev Tools Stack is: AWS+Kubernetes for hosting. Terraform + Helm Charts for IaaS/Deployment. ConcourseCI for CI/CD. Prometheus/Alertmanager/VictorOps for team alerting. We’re starting to work on multi-region available services.
We are passionate about using the right tools and frameworks to create awesome software.
Some of Our Squad Members
Our team consists of 2 frontend engineers, 2 backend engineers, a QA analyst, a product manager, a product designer, and an engineering manager. Here is an introduction to some of the members of the Verticals Squad.
Name: Tim Saylor
Role: Staff Engineer, Backend
I am a lifelong tinkerer and maker. Having disassembled more than my share of broken telephones and VCRs as a kid, I began exploring computer programming in high school and continued to develop that interest through a computer science degree at Illinois Institute of Technology. Since then, I have worked for a series of startups applying new technologies in industries like health care, travel, education, and insurance.
What I Do for Fun:
I enjoy woodworking, bicycling, and video games.
Name: Janavi Anand
Role: Sr. Engineer I, Frontend
I was born and brought up in Chennai, India, where it’s always sunny and I enjoyed being outdoors. I moved to the USA and admired the climate and lifestyle. I’m an Engineer by degree and did a bootcamp to re-enter the software industry and achieve my passion for tech.
What I Do for Fun:
When I am not cheering at my kid’s concert, I love to spend some time with my family and watch the busy New York skyline from a distance.
Name: Piyush Mangla
Role: Sr. QA Analyst
I was born and raised in India. Came to Canada after completing my bachelors. I developed a keen interest in QA when I started my position as an intern and realized that I always loved tasting food rather than making it. LOL.
What I Do for Fun:
In the summer time I enjoy camping in different provincial parks. Traveling is something I am very fond of and I make sure to take a planned trip yearly.
Name: Stephanie Lona
Role: Product Manager
Product manager by day, hand embroidery artist by night: I graduated from U of I with a degree in physics before moving to New York City and Brooklyn for 5 years. I had always been interested in development, making websites and blogs throughout middle and high school.
I started my career in tech at an investment bank. Throughout my career I have worked as a developer, support analyst, and now product manager. I’ve worked in various industries, including investment banking, adtech, health tech, and now parking! In each role I learned a lot about new industries, but I also picked up new technologies and frameworks that I’ve been able to carry with me and apply to each new company.
My family is from Chicago and in 2019, right before the pandemic, I found myself back here. I joined SpotHero as a driver that year, and as an employee in 2022!
What I Do for Fun:
I hand embroider art pieces and love to create gifts for friends and family. During the pandemic, I took up roller skating and often skate on Chicago’s lakefront. In my free time I also love Karaoke and watching scary movies!
Name: Orrin Matthews
Role: Sr. Software Engineering Manager
Hailing from the South, I moved to the midwest for college and eventually settled down in Chicago as software engineer.
My journey started in computational chemistry and biology research and moved through digital marketing, telecommunications, online education, philanthropy, and now helping enable a parking marketplace as the engineering manager of the Verticals Team at SpotHero.
As a manager, it is important to me that the team members that I work with feel supported. That includes feeling safe to share and explore ideas that make our parking products the best for our users.
What I Do for Fun: I read and watch movies, compete in mud runs, and compose and produce original music.