Brian To

I’m a human being, avid learner, proud Seattleite, and software engineer. Welcome!

What I’m working on right now.

Software Engineering at Compass

I’m working with my brilliant colleagues to develop the first modern real estate platform. I play a key ownership role in our internal Listing Editor product, where our agents can author and modify real estate listings – even ones they created elsewhere.

In three months, I designed, engineered, and integrated new features in the Listing Editor to provide crucial support for two projects that Compass launched in response to the new business environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic: livestream open houses and virtual tours. This involved complex data merging scenarios across multiple data sources. I collaborated heavily with three engineering/product squads to make sure everything behaved as expected and that we could launch as soon as possible.

I also collaborated with product managers and designers to improve the user experience for image uploading, and am responsible for improving the performance and quality of the Listing Editor product.

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Areas of Expertise

Interested In

Prior to Compass, I worked at Microsoft on Microsoft Information Protection, a key component of the Microsoft 365 Enterprise offering. I also contributed two years volunteering to teach computer science to rural high schools as part of Microsoft Philanthropies’ TEALS program.

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve the world’s biggest problems: How to create resilient, democratic communities; making computing available to everyone; and working toward a more equitable world.

More About Me

I graduated from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, an enriched engineering program that focuses on first-principles reasoning and has an emphasis on design.

In my personal life, I enjoy live music, fashion, tinkering with smart home technologies, and the occasional long bike ride.

I also blog, once in a blue moon. Read all about it here.