Meet John: the Backbone of Business Operations
By Sift /
26 May 2017
This post is part of a weekly series in which we get to know Sifties.
John Wu is a Business Operations Associate who has been with Sift Science for one year. If he could be any animal, he would be a penguin because they are social and loyal creatures. They’re also somewhat clumsy on land but graceful in water (John used to swim).
What three traits define you?
- Curious. I’m constantly trying to figure out more and learn new things.
- Pretty optimistic (most of the time!).
- Motivated. If I want to get somewhere, I’ll figure out how to make it happen.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an architect because I think the usage of spaces is fascinating. Someday I’d love to convert an industrial loft space into my living space and design all the living spaces. Though this was a dream for a while, I ultimately ended up being more interested in computer science in high school
What are 5 things that make you happy?
- Learning and trying new things, pushing my limits.
- Spending quality time and having thought-provoking conversations with friends and family.
- Cooking — mostly some childhood favorite dishes, but also experimenting, especially if I have friends to be my guinea pigs.
- Being outdoors — hiking, skiing, basketball, and frisbee.
- Most things of the shade of blue, especially cerulean.
Do you have a secret talent?
I can almost do a one-minute handstand. My New Year’s resolution for the last few years has been to make it there, but I can never seem to get past 40 seconds.
You’re quite the traveler and like being outdoors. What would be your ideal trip?
I would definitely want to do a 1-3 month long backpacking trip. I’d want to visit a variety of places so that I can learn more about local culture and what drives and motivates the people. I’d want to do a mixture of outdoor activities like hiking, making new friends at hostels, and visiting museums among other things. I’d also want my fair share of adventurous activities like skydiving, surfing, skiing — whatever is around. The countries currently on the top of my list are Morocco, Bhutan, Burma, Portugal, and parts of South America – specifically Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.