Stephany joined Ike in 2019 and is our Talent Sourcer & Recruiting Operations Partner on the People Team.
Steph, tell us about the path that led you to Ike. Why automated trucking and why Ike?
It starts with Alden, our CEO. I met him while working at Uber and supported him as a hiring manager. Recruiting is key to building a team and it only works if you make it a priority. He was one of those hiring managers who was super invested — he never missed a meeting. And while working with him at Uber I was exposed to really smart people, very similar to Ike. Lots of these brilliant minds. It was so awesome. I got exposure to autonomy and trucking and vehicles, so I got to see it all firsthand. Earlier this year I bumped into Alden at an event and that conversation sparked my interest in Ike. Knowing him and then coming in and meeting the people and hearing about their reputation as a team. I couldn’t say no.
What excites you the most about your job? What gets you up in the morning?
I think it’s the challenge of trying to bring the right people together and working on some of the toughest roles in tech. And I love that I get to share my excitement with candidates. I love helping them see and know Ike.
And of course the people I work with. It’s like a big family. You build relationships here much differently than at a large company. You really get to know people for who they are as people.
Ike believes automation has the capacity to improve everyone’s lives if approached thoughtfully and responsibly. What does this mean to you?
If we are thoughtful from very early on from with our design we’ll build a solid foundation for growth. Even outside of the software and product. It’s about the way we are thinking about the people and our culture. We’re taking our time and asking the right questions. That impacts how our team develops.
We don’t say “we’re the leader and we’ll be first.” What we emphasize is “we’ll be the number one in safety.” We’re not trying to rush to be first. Instead we’re being thoughtful about how what we build impacts the world. Because one mistake could take one life. So we’re building a solid foundation and our leaders are thoughtful about what that means for every part of our company.
How will automated trucking impact people who don’t work in the trucking industry (the general public)?
My favorite fact is that freight is a $700 billion industry and 70–80% of what we see, touch, and wear comes to us by truck. So we’ll all feel it as consumers. And if we’re successful, there will be fewer accidents.
Why should people be interested in working towards the future of automated trucks work at Ike?
Trucks have such high potential to become a commercial product in the near-term, especially with the approach we’re taking. We’re focusing on pure highway and so much data exists and the variables are more controlled so we have a clear path to get there.
When you’re not working your day job, what is one of your favorite things to do?
I enjoy cooking.
Do you have a signature dish?
No signature dish but we’ve been doing a lot of grilling. Steak or shrimp wrapped in prosciutto paired with watermelon, mango, tomatoes, peppers, and jalapeños. I love trying new recipes.
What would you be doing if you didn’t work at Ike?
I’d be a food taster on a Food Network show. I’d travel around the world and try all types of food.
What’s the weirdest food you’ve tried while traveling?
Nothing crazy yet. Maybe frog or alligator?
How about something your coworkers would be surprised to know about you?
My addiction to chapstick. I have one in every pocket, drawer, in my bedside table. Wait, look, I have three in my hands right now.
Now that’s crazy.