Clay Ratliff

Sr. Software Developer

I'm a jack-of-all-trades (and yes, master of none) that's worked in law enforcement, the entertainment, emergency services, construction and concessions industries. I somehow found myself a software developer and never left.

I am passionate about learning (everything), and applying technology to solve problems that help make the world a better place for everyone.  Currently I'm focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies and Machine Learning.

The Interview

My geeky passion is

I don't know if this qualifies as "geeky" but stories of the Hero's Journey;  SciFi, fantasy, comic books, anything that tells the story of how anyone, from any background, can find themselves standing up and changing the world.  I spent a shameful amount of time consuming those stories.

The thing I love most about my work is

The opportunity to work with some of the most talented and passionate technologists (overachievers, you know who you are) in the industry.  I learn something new on a daily basis and am honestly humbled to be in such company.  To paraphrase a movie, they make me want to be better, both as a professional and as a person.

If I could fix one of the world's problems, I'd put my powers to use on behalf of

Providing unlimited energy to the world;  giving unlimited energy to the world, it's water and food shortages would largely disappear, the standard of living would rise world-wide, and travel would become accessible to a significantly larger portion of the population.  Plus, my childhood dream of colonizing another planet would be achievable in my lifetime.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

US: Boston, Delaware, Dallas, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta
UK: London
IN: Gurgaon
Also, a special shout out to all the remote teams I've worked with that are too numerous to name here.