It has been full speed ahead in the Mojo offices these past few months, but we'd like to pause for a moment to introduce you to the new recruits.
Katryn McIntosh is a RISD grad who discovered her love of code by way of a very interesting career path (see below for the full story). Katryn also brings her dog, Cowboy to the team, who works tirelessly from every lap in the office to oversee our work.
Drew Jankowski is a Venture for America Fellow who was previously involved in the Providence startup scene. To say he is a golf enthusiast would be too mild a statement. He curbs his addiction with a deskside putting green.
Jeff Lupinski is our resident brew master who holds high opinion of a fine IPA. He's honed his front-end skills working with startups and design agencies, previously.
And last but not least, when he isn't travelling the globe, Seth Krasnianski is known for having his nose in a book, increasing his knowledge set.
We sat down with the new Mojos and asked them a few questions to get to know them better.
1. Where’d you get educated and/or what jobs led you to your new job at MojoTech?
Katryn: I studied Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and spent several years in the Apparel Industry before discovering my passion for programming. I worked in the production department where I reviewed and approved colors, fabrics, zippers and trims for garments. Apparel wasn’t quite the right fit for me so I jumped ship for a digital marketing agency in Sharon, MA where I started doing some light HTML/CSS. I enjoyed it so much I decided to enroll in a coding “bootcamp” called General Assembly last Summer and joined MojoTech in the Fall.
Drew: I studied Engineering, Studio Art, and Computer Science at Dartmouth College. After graduating in 2013, I joined the Providence Startup, Andera, as a Product Manager. At Andera I worked with fellow MojoTech Product Manager, Andrea. Andera was later acquired by Bottomline Technologies, and I joined MojoTech a few months after that.
Jeff: I studied Digital Media with a concentration in Web Technologies at Johnson & Wales University. Prior to joining MojoTech, I had worked for a myriad of digital agencies and startups both full time and freelance.
Seth: I went to school for Software Engineering at New England Tech. Prior to MojoTech I was working with many startups to create custom content management solutions and small web applications. Having always found most enjoyment in building web applications, I turned to MojoTech for a new home where that could be a full time experience.
2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?
Katryn: I had the opportunity to work on several websites for organizations within MIT and Harvard while working at Hopewell that exposed me to global scientific and engineering communities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. In the process, I learned a great deal about Autism, BioMedical Imaging, and engineering/entrepreneurship in resource-constrained communities.
Drew: During an internship with Dassault Systèmes, I worked on the SolidWorks User Experience Team. I worked with the team to design an app for simple mechanical simulations and animations.
Jeff: While working with a previous startup I was part of a team that was responsible for migrating 700+ client sites over the course of several months.
Seth: I had the pleasure to work with our fellow Jake Buob on the old GTECH marketing website. That was pretty interesting. Aside from that, the most exciting project was building the new Year Up website. While the site had tons of great features, the system was required to handle tremendous spikes of traffic, as they’re frequently featured on primetime television and radio stations around the country. Building, managing, and load testing their cluster was the most fun on the project.
3. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?
Katryn: Having work that challenges me both logically and creatively. Being surrounded by an extremely intelligent, enthusiastic, and supportive community of developers.
Drew: I’m most excited about learning from the experienced MojoTech team.
Jeff: I’m most excited about working with such a talented team, and everything I hope to learn from such a creative and passionate environment.
Seth: I’m most excited about the variety technologies used here and the opportunity to learn each of them. Here at MojoTech we also aren’t afraid to adapt new technology and software.
4. Which professionals do you turn to or what blogs do you read for inspiration?
Katryn: I draw inspiration from a pretty eclectic range of channels. Typically by way of Twitter (science and tech), Tumblr (art and fashion) or Pinterest (fashion and design).
Jeff: Various people on Twitter and Dribbble, but I’m most inspired by my friends and family.
Seth: IRC and Stack Overflow have a lot of smart people hanging around. But Coding Horror has some pretty good reads.
5. You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no wifi, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
Katryn: An iPad - I love reading but I’d have to have the option to draw and take pictures as well. Even if no one ever saw them.
Drew: My Kindle, loaded with enough books to pass the time forever (or until someone realizes I’m missing and rescues me).
Jeff: Probably something utilitarian, like a toaster oven.
Seth: I would bring my laptop. Always something to do when you’re bored on there. Even without internet!
6. What technology is going to take over the world next?
Katryn: Robotic dogs, obviously.
Drew: Artificial Intelligence.
Jeff: Artificial Intelligence
Seth: Artificial Intelligence