Arrikto Employee Spotlight: Trevor Grant

Jan 5, 2022 | Blog and Kubeflow Updates, Employee Spotlights

What do you do at our company?

Director of Developer Relations – Which means, I write blogs / give talks / in general just get people excited about Kubeflow / Arrikto’s offerings.

How long have you been working at Arrikto?

My first day was in mid November, so at the time of writing this: a little over a month and a half.

What has been your favorite project so far?

I don’t think I’ve really worked on many projects in my first 90 days, but interacting with engineers and community members has been very rewarding. 

What do you like most about your job?

Working with exciting people who are as passionate about Kubeflow as I am.

What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learned while working at Arrikto so far?

I’ve been “working remote” since long before the pandemic, and have participated on globally distributed teams via open source projects. But Arrikto is the first time I’ve been on a distributed team as part of my day job. So I think the most valuable lesson, though it isn’t exactly one- has been learning how to work effectively on a distributed team where everyone is paid to be there (as opposed to open source where everyone is there as a volunteer).

What were you doing before working at Arrikto?

Dir. of Analytics at a company trying to make “Paypal for b2b that uses crypto instead of banks”. I was working with some friends from the Mahout project (see next). I hadn’t been there long, I felt bad about hanging them in a lurch- but having written a book about Kubeflow during the pandemic- when this opportunity presented itself, it was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ thing so to speak, and there were no hard feelings. The experience opened me up to the world of Crypto, which is itself fascinating, and lots of fun new things to learn.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

In my free time I am very involved in the Apache Software Foundation- I am on the leadership committee for Apache Mahout and Apache Streams- Mahout you may have heard- of it had a degree of popularity as the first Machine Library for Hadoop (it has since evolved), Apache Streams is an abstraction that lets you work with Social Media APIs more easily. I’m also a mentor of Apache-SDAP-incubating, which is a scientific data and analytics platform released to the ASF by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) which aids researchers in quickly finding / computing topographical climate change data. 

At ApacheCon -Miami- 2017 giving a very rousing improv lightning talk on Apache Mahout

Three words to best describe you.

Occasionally-funny, neophile, hit-or-miss-about-following-rules.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?


Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Humboldt Park- Chicago, IL

What is your motto?

fortuna audaces iuvat 

What is one food that you cannot resist?

Vegetarian Cincinnati Chili (use Beyond Meat™ in place of ground beef, not black beans).

What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done?

Writing a screenplay. This job has a strong requirement for blog writing- which is probably my greatest opportunity for improvement. Chicago is a comedy capital of the world, especially in terms of improv comedy (think of Second City- which is the feeder program for national sketch shows such as Saturday Night Live). Practicing improv has helped me immensely with my public speaking  / at conference talks. I went to search for writing classes to help me hone my blog writing skills (specifically comedic writing)- and found this one one Screenplay Writing which looked interesting, and I’m excited about. One of the outputs of the class will be a screenplay. 

Our new blog series is dedicated to our talented and hardworking team!
Most of our success has been due to our people so we’re excited to introduce each one of them via 13 questions.

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