Q&A: Dan

What was it that led you to a career in Computer Engineering?

My path to Engineering was definitely unconventional. I double majored in marketing and commercial real estate in college and my first job after graduation was as a commercial real estate broker here in Chicago. I spent the better part of a year making about 75 cold calls a day and knew pretty quickly that it wasn’t for me.

From there I moved to Florida to work for a company that was focused on building and managing web-based loyalty programs. Sound familiar? While I was there, I did a lot of account and product management type work and eventually became interested in how things were built from a technical perspective.

After roughly 3 years in Florida, I decided to move back to Chicago and pursue a new career in web development. I applied for a programming bootcamp (Starter League) and never looked back.

What is it about Belly that caught your interest and made you want to join our awesome Engineering Team?

I first heard about Belly through Darby Frey and Shay Howe, but what ultimately sold me was the following:

  • Working on product that’s used by millions of people. I love knowing that I have the ability to make great things for people.
  • Shay Howe is an industry leader when it comes to front-end development and product design, so getting the opportunity to learn from him was definitely a huge draw.
  • Engineering owns the product.
  • Belly is in the loyalty space, an area that I’m familiar with and interested in.
  • I really love helping small businesses succeed.

What is your role at Belly?

I am a Web Developer. Currently, I’m working on re-architecting our inbound marketing site. My goal is to make the front end architecture more performant, organized, and easier to scale.

What are you most excited about working on while you’re here? What do you want to work on next?

Overall, the Belly product as a whole. I am excited to learn from my peers and be a part of a great team that’s working together to build an even better product. When I started telling people that I was going to work for Belly, it was was so great to hear their reactions and listen to their ideas for the product. It’s awesome to be able to take in customer feedback and then be in a position to make changes that can help those users.

What has been your favorite moment at Belly over these past two months?

I really enjoy the bi-weekly team meetings that we have. I love working for a company that values transparency and those meetings do a great job of bringing everyone together. Also, it’s really nice to see a CEO, like Logan, who is willing to be vulnerable and open up to the team. Seeing a CEO talk about real issues with everyone in the company, is definitely a sign of great leadership.

Are you familiar with our core values? Which is your favorite one and why?

I like them all, obviously, but I’d say it’s a toss up between “Give a Shit” and “Relentless To Improve.” With giving a shit, comes passion. I take great pride in what I do and truly love building things for the web, so it really bothers me when people don’t share the same passion. I’ve worked at places where people treated work like a job and it can be a pretty toxic work environment. When you are passionate about what you do, “work” never feels like a job.

Finally, relentless improvement is something that I believe comes naturally to anyone in the engineering profession. Whether it’s a new framework or a some technique, things are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to learn!

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