Inside Evernote: Clint Burford

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Inside Evernote: Clint Burford

Posted by Garrett Plasky on 18 Aug 2015

Posted by Garrett Plasky on 18 Aug 2015

What is your role at Evernote?

I’m a Machine Learning Software Engineer on Evernote’s Augmented Intelligence team.

How did you get there? i.e. What is your background?

In the early part of my career I worked on web systems. I then moved into academia to do a Ph.D. in natural language processing. I’m now back in industry in a role that draws on both my science and engineering experience.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

I’ve benefitted from the experience of a number of senior engineers since I’ve been at Evernote.

Can you describe a few of the Evernote features you are working on now and/or you have helped build in the past?

I’m currently working on a recommender system to help people who use Evernote at work to share and discover content more effectively. Before that I developed the algorithm that is used to context-sensitively select which of a user’s notes appear in the note list on Apple Watch.

What are the big challenges?

Everything about being involved in the product development cycle at Evernote is challenging because we have high expectations. One of my particular challenges is figuring out to apply the abstract, mathematical principles of machine learning to addressing real-world problems in ways that are both technically robust and satisfying to Evernote users.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

It’s great to be working on a product that I have benefited so much from as a user. The Evernote product has significantly altered and improved the way I think and learn over the last five years that I have been using it.

What is your favorite Evernote feature? How do you use Evernote?

My favorite “feature” of Evernote is that way it is designed to facilitate writing, collecting, finding and sharing pieces of digital content with minimal time and effort. That facility makes it a crucial tool in all all of my learning, planning, and creativity.

If you could only use 3 adjectives to describe Evernote’s culture what would they be?

Focussed. Ambitious. Relaxed.

What is the best part about working for Evernote?

(See my answer to “most satisfying part of your job.”)

Why did you choose to work for Evernote?

I wanted work that could combine my interests in machine learning, building large-scale software systems, and making great productivity tools. Evernote was a very good fit.

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