Quantcast Employee Spotlight — November 2016

One of the best parts about working at Quantcast is the incredibly intelligent, friendly and eclectic group of people we’re privileged to call colleagues. In the spirit of celebrating our unique culture and the individuals that contribute to it, we profile an outstanding Quantcast employee you should know. Meet Adam Compton!
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Name: Adam Compton
Title: Manager, Developer Tools
Awards/Honors: Presented a talk on our monitoring infrastructure at Usenix LISA Conference last year.

Tell us about your career at Quantcast
I lead the Developer Tools team, helping to make our engineers as efficient and productive as they can be. I’ve been at Quantcast for almost six years (I’m currently the 30th most tenured employee). I started out on the Datacenter Operations team racking servers; since then, I’ve worked on the cluster and on our edge servers, built our private cloud (and then tore it down years later), and taken care of our internal tools.

What’s unique about your position at Quantcast that you couldn’t get anywhere else?
I really appreciate how dedicated and engaged all of my coworkers are. It’s a great feeling to come to work every day with people who are working hard and genuinely want to do a good job and get better at it. It’s also an interesting challenge to work on so many different things, and to always have something new to tackle.

What is the most challenging project you’ve worked on at Quantcast?
Building out our private cloud is easily the most challenging thing I’ve done at Quantcast. It started out with scavenging edge servers and running Quantathon projects, and at its peak it had hundreds of virtual machines operated by every team in Engineering (and some beyond). I had to learn so many different things to get it working: all about the virtualization technologies it used, how to configure the networks, the clustered storage backend, and much more. I was very proud of the system I put together.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Spending time with my family (wife and kids aged 4 and 3-months), martial arts, reading, movies

What is your ideal Saturday?
Sleeping in, then taking my son out to play at the park (or wherever else he’d like to go), and then taking my wife out to dinner and a movie.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Weird Al Yankovic, “White and Nerdy”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A computer programmer (since I was 3)

Share a fun fact about yourself!
I’ve been training in martial arts since I was in high school, and I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do (it’s kind of like Tae Kwon Do).

Interested in working at Quantcast? Take a look at our open positions and check in next month for another Quantcast Employee Spotlight!