What drew you to work at Motivation Technologies?
At my interview I got to ask two senior developers what kept them at MoTech (each for 5+ years at that point). They had great answers about the diversity of problems they got to tackle daily, and the level of autonomy. Now, I would give very similar answers to a junior developer interviewing here.
What's one item on your bucket list and why?
Someday I’ll get that full-back tattoo, because who among us is not deeply inspired by the yakuza aesthetic?
If you could change one thing about MoTech, what would it be and why?
Those jokes about a rooftop pool at the office? Let’s make that a reality. Really.
Do you have any creative talents you’d like to share?
Over the pandemic I learned 3D modeling so I could make little paper models of real-life monuments to WWII events in the Balkans. So I’m your classic WWII Dad at this point, but make it Instagram.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
If I’m clever enough to identify a problem and its solution, I get to fix it. That level of empowerment is very motivating!
What would it surprise your coworkers to know about you?
Many years ago I worked at a sandwich shop near the office and regularly served lunch to a crew of the early MoTech folks!
What movie title best sums up your working day?
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a solid representation.
Deserted island choices: One movie, one book, one album.
Movie: Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Book: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Album: The instrumental version of The Money Store by Death Grips
You have one hour of uninterrupted “Me Time.” What are you doing with it?
I’m probably on the website Atlas Obscura, learning history/science tidbits or planning can’t-miss-spots for my next travel opportunity.
If you could have an alternate profession, what would it be and why?
Before programming, I spent time as a videographer and as a paralegal. It would be amazing to return to documentary filmmaking. The process of opening interesting people up during an interview and structuring that as a compelling narrative is rewarding.