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Bruno joins the team as our newest Producer. Welcome him to the family with a friendly tweet: @brunog

"A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises." – Isaac Bashevis Singer.

My english professor in college told me to never start with a quote, but I think not following tradition is how I ended up at Carrot. I had just finished applying to Carrot through their non-traditional form, which was the first surprise of the day. The second came about two hours later when I got an email with the subject line "Red Sox Suck."

Mike, my future fearless leader, had emailed me to let me know that he was a true blue Yankee and that if I wanted to work at Carrot, I would have to switch my allegiance. Strangely enough, he was also going to be in Boston the following day, which is where I was living. We decided to meet at the train station a few hours before his train to grab a beer, but as these things tend to go, the meeting ran long and he wasn't going to be able to make it.

I then received another surprise email. Mike and his team had gotten out of their meeting slightly earlier, and they had 15 minutes before their train ride to talk to me. I quickly canceled my plans for that evening, and got ready for the oddest first interview of my life.

Mike showed up with his crew at 9:15pm to the train station and let me know that his train was leaving at 9:30. While his team were buying their tickets for the train, I had a rapid fire standup interview between a Dunkin Donuts and a magazine stand. At the end of it, Mike let me know that I had passed the first round, and he wanted to see me in Brooklyn for the followup interview. One month later, I had accepted my offer letter and was finishing packing up my U-haul, ready to drive to Brooklyn to start my job the next day.

Ultimately, the reason why I singled out this story is simple. The best things in life are not the expected ones. I'm an engineer by trade, and while we appreciate predictability, we are excited by uncertainty. I could have chosen to go to another engineering company or done corporate IT. Carrot is an adventure for me, and although I can't see what's down the road, I'm excited for whats to come. I'll leave with another quote, an especially cliche one, just to spite my english professor.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

Bruno joins us from Boston, where he was a product manager at a mobile application startup. He was previously an IT architecture consultant, trade show guru and engineer at Apple, inc.