Natasha Day
Jun 2 3 min read

Getting to Know: Bayard Rucker, Software Engineer

Tell us about yourself.

I have three last names. I'm dyslexic, and I speak broken French. I like to cook, swim and play video games. I enjoy going on walks, taking naps, and learning about a wide variety of topics but mostly just math. 

How did you get started in your career?

After graduating from Saint Louis University, I started working at Wells Fargo Advisors. It was an interesting, highly corporate environment that used a lot of very old technology and processes. 

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My family. They have always been very supportive.


What is the best part of your job?

I really like our team. Everyone is helpful, and we all get along. I have also enjoyed learning new stuff. New processes make it a lot more challenging, but I prefer that over being bored. 

What are you passionate about?

Building the life I really want. People (myself included) don't think about a lot of decisions they make daily that in the long term will effect their lives. Daily I try to remember to process the decision and decide if this is something that will help me create the life I really want. 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

I have a bad habit of rushing to get different tasks done. This creates carelessness, and sometimes I end up skipping crucial steps. If I skip crucial tasks, I am making the task longer thus frustrating myself even more. I think I just need to be more patient with myself. 


How do you think we can improve positive work cultures in the fintech industry?

Being open and honest. I think Finotta has a very strong set of core values. So working to embody those will bring out the best in me, and I can hopefully help do the same for my peers. 

What advice would you give someone who is starting their career in your field?

Trust yourself, keep learning, and stay curious. If you're no longer interested or curious about what you're doing, it's probably time to move on. 


What resources would you recommend?

In general, I would point someone toward the repository for all of humanity's knowledge in your local library. 

What are some rules you live by?

Murphy's law.




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