Edward Kandrot is a self-proclaimed "performance guy." A software engineer who studied chemical engineering, Kandrot specializes in making code run faster.
"The only thing we are born into this world with is time — one can make more money, but not more time," he told me. "If I can make a program used by millions or billions of people a few seconds faster, then I've saved the equivalent of many people's lifetimes."
It's that philosophy to work and life that has made 49-year-old Kandrot arguably one of the most valuable software engineers in the country. We scoured LinkedIn to find anyone who had worked at five or more of the Top Attractors — our data-backed list of the most sought-after companies — and discovered only two people, including Kandrot, who fit the criteria.