A man who founded product development firm, Fluxon, was an early developer at Google. Erad Fridman started coding when he was 6-years-old.
When Erad Fridman joined Google in 2007, it was in the midst of a period of tremendous expansion. Erad’s team created and maintained worldwide Business Intelligence and automation systems that served millions of advertisers and partners while working on many of the tech giant’s basic technologies.
Erad, who founded San Francisco based product developer, Fluxon, and is now the company’s CEO says, “Working in a variety of industries and sectors, from banking to aerospace, has allowed me to recognise the common patterns in product development, independent of industry or area. Working on projects you enjoy and with people you enjoy leads to greater impact and success. As a result, I founded Fluxon with the help of several of my Google friends and former colleagues.”
Erad’s interest in engineering and technology began when he was six years old. His mother had taken a computer home from work with her. It also included a book on how to programme in GWBasic. Erad became increasingly interested in coding over the following few years. He competed in code contests such as Assembly 4k and Computer Science Olympiad, and he learnt about networks via BBS and then the internet.
Erad says, “I have never stopped coding since those early days. Today, I’m lucky to work with many excellent engineers, so I save my coding for making little robots using Arduino and Raspberry Pi.”
Erad, on the other hand, found school to be a little weird. He saw that most of the work in courses like Mathematics and Physics was dependent on memorising formulae and repeating the same types of issues. He educated Erad about infinite mathematics and entered me in math competitions.
Erad says, “By the age of 19, I had finished my computer science and mathematics degrees.” Erad understood he wanted to broaden his horizons after graduating. His passion with technology grew as his engineering abilities developed.
Erad says, “I was astounded by the number of problems that software could answer considerably more quickly than a person could.” For example, he enjoyed playing chess and created a software that could play the game far better than he could. Math homework was the same way: coding helped me handle problems like graphing graphs more faster.
He says, “I couldn’t express it as well back then, but I had the impression that the new world of technology was a force multiplier capable of solving a wide range of issues. Erad began coding at the age of six, but it wasn’t until he was 16 that he landed his first job as a software engineer for a telecom business. Their Vice President of Operations needed tools to keep track of projects, equipment, and resources.”
It was the first time I’d put my coding talents to use in a professional setting. I learnt that, because to the magnifying effect of software, even a small team of engineers (in this case, a team of one) may have a tremendous influence, and that complicated issues can have relatively easy answers with the assistance of technology.
Erad says he also saw that when it comes to making an effect, titles, and age don’t matter much. He worked with Geode Capital until 2007, when he joined Planet.com as Vice President of Product. Erad established Planet’s product management team and introduced the company’s first commercial product, which allowed users to view satellite data in real time and track changes across the world.
He then spent a year as the CPO of IndigoBank in San Francisco before founding Fluxon in 2017.
“We wanted to collaborate on outstanding software products. Our team has grown to include a growing number of outstanding individuals. As demand grew, it became evident that there was a great need for full-service product development across the sector. We’ve grown into a global organisation with operations in the United States, Canada, India, and Ukraine “Erad adds.
Fluxon has developed and released software for organisations such as Google, Stripe, and Zapier, among others. It provides clients with an option to employing an in-house team to construct their product or diverting resources away from their existing technical team.
Erad says, “We can swiftly identify the specific demands of each product and deploy the correct team to bring it to market because to our full-stack experience in engineering, product management, and design. We shorten our customers’ time to market so that they may get more consumer input and iterate more quickly. We create our own goods in addition to the work we perform for our clients. Dory, a real-time Q&A tool for virtual events that is utilised by corporations all over the world, is one of them.”