The String and Key Crew: Tevan Alexander

Jasmin H
Jasmin H
May 19, 2020 · 4 min read
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As part of our ongoing employee spotlight series, we’ll be profiling colleagues who inspire us. Today, meet Tevan Alexander

Company Role: Mobile Department Producer

Most likely to: Drop everything to summon an outdoor cat

Secret talent: Seeing the photo opportunity in a scene

From backpacking through 17 countries in half a year to working at a casino on a Native American reservation for two months, Tevan has definitely been there and done that. So how did this New Rochelle, NY native find himself working in tech and out of our North Carolina office? When you have a sense of adventure like Tevan, the answer is not complicated. At 21 years old, he packed up his hatchback and moved to San Diego seeking sunshine and new experiences. Once the sun set on his west coast adventure, he headed back east to reunite with friends in Bull City. During that time, he designed and developed a website that captured the attention of the web design industry and catapulted his career forward.

A professional at stepping out of your comfort zone, Tevan embodies the bold String and Key spirit through and through. Read on as he talks about his life, career, and more.

Can you describe a typical day in your current role?

We start the day with a team stand-up where our mobile developers check in with one another to ensure that they have everything they need. Once the tasks are laid out, I work closely with the Strategy, Creative, and Web departments to collectively stay aligned on the priorities, pace, and plan. I always need to have a finger on the pulse as unknowns and changes do come up. This means we’re always adapting the plan to move forward. It’s a fast-paced environment but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you had to describe String and Key in one word, what would it be and why?

Verve. There’s an uncommon camaraderie and electricity here that makes anything possible.

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What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The fact that we can create a positive impact that will outlive us. Technology is more far-reaching now than it ever has been. That’s amazing.

What do you love most about working at String and Key?

The raw talent, passion, and grit of our team. We have a platform to voice our ideas, opinions are informed and well-thought-out, and everyone is invested in emboldening the financial protection space. The work is also meaningful, and I’m excited to see larger and larger glimpses of the light we’re working toward.

What do you find most challenging at work?

Right now, we’re finessing the processes and tools to build something great. The opportunity to be intentional about workflow from the start is both rare and exciting. It’s also new. This comes with questions such as: what are all the things we want to do, and from those, what are the things that will serve us best? Also, what is the correct balance of structure and malleability? The answers come naturally through collaboration.

What are the values that drive you?

Passion, integrity, and quality — doing what we love to the nth degree.

How does String and Key compare to other places you’ve worked in the past? The culture? The people? The overall experience?

Everyone is focused on the work. The communication is fantastic, the goals are clear, and the culture is real. There’s confidence without ego. We’re here to help each other to get to where we’re going.

How do you stay on top of your game?

Currently, I’m diving deeper into mobile development to better support my team. Daily, I’m researching and absorbing the development concepts to piece the technical puzzle together. On the side, I’m toying with Swift, a programming language used to build apps for Apple devices.

What unexpected subject could you give a one-hour presentation on with no advance prep?

Grinding a handrail with inline skates. My agenda would look a little something like this:

  1. Choosing the right skates
  2. Selecting protective equipment
  3. Gaining balance
  4. Using your wheels to stop
  5. Skating backward
  6. Practicing grinds on a waxed curb
  7. Finding a handrail at a building that is closed without drawing attention
  8. Propping yourself up on a handrail and then jumping onto the rail to slide down

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Love, nature, and art. There are a number of lakes and state parks nearby and I love exploring those paths with a friend and camera in tow. The local concert and restaurant scenes were thriving pre-COVID, and hopefully, our community will find a way to continue supporting them as the doors reopen.

Can you list five hashtags that describe your personality?

#RoadTrips #Puns #Wildlife #OutcomesOverOutput #OneLove

Lighting Round:

Pancakes or Waffles?

Pancakes.

Museum or Play?

Museum (contemporary art warps reality).

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset.

Skydiving or bungee jumping?

Skydiving (I’ve jumped out of a plane).

Instagram or Twitter?

Instagram.

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