Welcome to UpKeep, Max!!!
Welcoming Max Polakow to the UpKeep family as our Accounting Manager!!
We’re so excited to welcome Max Polakow to the team this week! Max is joining us as our first in-house Accounting Manager, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him starting! Max goes way back with a few of our teammates who all went to high school together, so we can’t wait until some stories come out. 🙂 Welcome, Max!
We’re excited to welcome you to the UpKeep family, Max! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, specifically Oak Park, and even went to high school with a few current UpKeepers! I graduated from UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!) with a degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Sports Management. I am a HUGE sports fan, playing and following almost everything. In addition to sports, I love movies/TV, hiking, traveling, music festivals/shows, and eating!
How did you first get into Finance?
I never specifically knew what I wanted to do when I was younger, but I knew I wanted to be in business. I always liked math and numbers so I was like, “Accounting/finance seems business-y and has numbers! Let’s do it!” And it stuck! Accounting/finance is a great way to learn about an entire business and how it is run. I love being able to help people, and being an internal support department, I am able to help anyone across an entire company if needed!
Why are you excited to join UpKeep?
The people, product, and mission! Great companies attract even better people and that has been so obvious even in this short amount of time! UpKeep is a wonderful product working to change the world for customers that literally make the world go round and it is incredible to see how passionate every single person is about this. On top of all of that, I am excited to learn about a new industry and bring as much value as possible to an emerging department!
What are your first thoughts about the culture and team so far?
Truly incredible. Everyone is so happy, helpful, and engaging! The communication has been top notch. Even though my on boarding has been completely remote, I can still feel this extremely positive and creative energy radiating from every interaction. I’m so excited to join the team!
We have to know – if you had to pick just one – Coachella or Outside Lands?
Oh man now this is tough… while I absolutely adore Coachella, it can be a real grind. It’s tough to survive in that desert heat – especially if you camp! Outside Lands is just perfect – super chill, crazy comfortable weather, and it’s right in Golden Gate Park!
And finally, most importantly, what would you be if you were a kitchen utensil?
Probably a chef’s knife or a spatula. Both are super useful, necessary tools and can be used in almost any situation!
To learn more about our current openings, visit www.onupkeep.com/careers!