It’s that time again where we feature one of our team members. Get to know one of our Software Engineers who first started as an intern, but now is a full-time developer here at QuarkWorks!
When did you join QuarkWorks and what led you to take on this position?
I joined QuarkWorks as an intern in December 2018 after discovering the company at the Mizzou Career Fair. Attending the fair was a last-second decision that I’m very happy I made, and I’m surprised how far it has got me since I was the only student wearing a flannel shirt and jeans in a sea of suit jackets and dress pants. I was eager to get some real-world experience, and what QuarkWorks was all about really caught my interest. Working with relevant tech stacks and developing new features was exactly the kind of thing I knew I wanted to do. After several months, my internship turned into a full-time position when I graduated from Mizzou in May 2019.
What excites and energizes you about the company?
The potential and room for growth at QuarkWorks are endless. How young the company is, how well it’s doing, and the big names we work with is very impressive. Most of the work we do is for another company, but the end goal of investing into our own projects is what excites me the most. I can’t wait to be able to have the opportunity to be a code owner of something popular that belongs to us and not somebody else. It’s a huge plus that we get to work on other awesome projects in the meantime until we get to that point.
What has been your favorite project to work on or are currently working on?
My favorite project that I’ve worked on is definitely Eventbrite. Going from small projects that were easy to maintain and navigate through to a scale as big as Eventbrite was a huge transition. Working in a codebase with hundreds of other engineers that’s constantly changing has been such a great learning experience. I end up learning something new every day working on Eventbrite and it’s exactly the kind of work I want to do. I’m super happy to be able to use React, which is something I spent a lot of my free time learning in college. It’s also given me a new found love for Python, making the tech stack a wonderful experience to work with.
Advice you would give someone working at a startup?
It’s important for you to give your best effort towards everything you do. As a startup, you’re still building your reputation and that reputation is backed by the quality of work you provide. Not only will this allow you to become a better developer, but will allow the company to grow and offer more opportunities. Learning from your mistakes and applying them to your future work will lead you to success.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I recently just started getting into golfing and it has been such a great way to spend my time. I never would have guessed golfing would be something I’d be interested in, and I had no idea how difficult it was. My friends and I have been spending our Sundays on the golf course and it has been a blast! Besides that, when I’m not working my main goal is to relax. I tend to do that by playing video games with my friends and being lazy around the house.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
If I could have any superpower it would be teleportation. Not only would that be a great way to make money, but I hate driving more than anything.
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