May 30, 2022

Employee Spotlight: Richard Truong

As our resident analyst, Richard has a knack for numbers! He's also a growth team hero, always finding creative solutions and new ideas based on his findings 🚀

Name: Richard Truong

Company Role: Analyst

What do you do at Perigee?

I work as an analyst on the growth team, which means I spend a lot of time making data-driven decisions on how to improve our apps for our users. On any given day, I could be analyzing data, building dashboards, pitching ideas, researching product development, or coming up with new marketing ideas. It keeps things exciting!

What’s your story?

I’m born and raised in Canada, which is where I studied Economics and ended up meeting my Swedish partner while she was on exchange.

After I graduated and saved up some money, I thought it was a great opportunity to try my luck and move to Sweden with her. Fortunately, luck was in my corner and I found out about Perigee through a friend and it turned out to be a great fit for me.

Your top 3 favorite podcasts/books?

1. Radio Sweden På Lätt Svenska

Swedish news spoken extremely slowly with simple vocabulary has been perfect for bringing my comprehension skills up.

2. The Economist

A nice way to keep up with current headlines around the world in business, finance, and politics.

3. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

It tells a great story about behavioral economics and the biases that affect decisions. My favorite anecdote is about Daryl Morey, who had been running the Houston Rockets basketball team. At the time, the statistical revolution had not yet made a large impact on the NBA. Daryl sought to fix this by building a statistical model to evaluate players.

In 2008, there was a player that scored very well in the model and was available when it was their turn to pick. However, the Houston Rockets scouting team had seen an unflattering shirtless pic of the player and started calling the player by a nickname. The picture and nickname affected their judgment when choosing players, and they ultimately didn’t select him for the team despite his score. Turns out it was their loss; the player would go on to become the best defensive player in 2013 and eventually an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors. From then on, nicknames were banned.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?

In my free time you can find me going to the gym, researching potential investments, and trying out new restaurants with my partner. I enjoy cooking but I LOVE eating, so lately I've been trying to find new ways to eat high volumes of tasty food in a calorie-friendly way.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about a lot of things, and I tend to get obsessive about whatever hobby I’m tackling at any given moment. I like to try new things and do my best to get good at them. Friendly competition always keeps me motivated to do that, which is why I’m currently in a fitness challenge with some colleagues here at Perigee!

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?

Probably that I’m fueled by protein powder and have ice in all of my drinks. Some would say that I couldn’t be trusted in a game of “Among Us” but I have no clue what they’re talking about 😈

What would be your personal motto?

“Make things simple.”

I feel that there can be a lot of obligations, big or small, that can get in the way of living a simple life. If you can find solutions for things that are taking energy from you, life gets a lot easier.

What has been your favorite project at Perigee?

It would have to be setting up all of our in-house analytic tools. It’s been a goal of Perigee’s for a long time to develop fast and reliable dashboards that answer important questions about the business. It’s been a rewarding process working with such a skilled team of developers, and I’ve really enjoyed testing out new features and improvements.

What skill(s) have you developed while working at Perigee?

There are almost too many to list here so I’ll try to keep it short! Something that stands out is my technical skills. They weren’t the strongest when I started but through time and practice, I’ve been able to develop my confidence through my tasks here at Perigee.

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