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Rapid Fire Series: Josh Weaver

By Christina Burnley | June 26, 2020

[To give you a sense of what we’re busy working on over here at ATLATL HQ in Charleston, we sat down with ATLATL’s Software Engineer, Josh Weaver, for a quick Q&A.]

Josh grew up in Indiana where he attended a small liberal arts college to study Chemistry. From there, he went on to grad school at the University of North Carolina and got his PhD in Chemistry. 

His first job out of grad school was as a government contractor for the army conducting chemistry research. After a couple years in the research field, he became a professor at a community college and shared his passion for chemistry through teaching. Following that, he decided to change careers completely and began a career making beer as a brewmaster. During this time, he taught himself how to code as a side hobby, but ended up realizing he had a true passion and talent for it.

He fell in love with coding and decided to transition that into a career which he has been doing for the last 5 years and has never looked back. His first job in the coding world was with a local financial company that was soon acquired by LendingTree. After a few years at the company, he became intrigued by ATLATL’s startup environment and was drawn to the projects and technology that made ATLATL different from other companies. He joined ATLATL in 2019 and has been part of the tech family ever since. 

Q: What does a Software Engineer do?

As a Software Engineer, I am responsible for contributing to building all of our front and back end resources for our web applications. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the customer doesn’t see. 

Q: What's the most difficult aspect of your job?

Everyone is working on different pieces at a really fast pace that we are trying to bring together in the end. I think the most difficult part can be making sure everyone is on the same page as we all work on our different pieces of the larger puzzle. 

Q: What's the most exciting/ best part of your job?  

For me, the best part is putting a product into production and seeing all of the different moving pieces that we have been working on come together and work perfectly. 

Q: What is the most important thing to understand about ATLATL?

From a product and software perspective, the configuration tools that we are building are going to be incredibly powerful and cutting edge. From what I have seen in the market, there is nothing else that is even comparable to what we are building. 

Q: How is the CHS tech community different?

The Charleston tech community is interesting because even though Charleston is a small city, the tech community itself is a large portion of it. So you get a very wide diversity of companies, but it’s still a pretty tight knit community. 

Q: If all ATLATL users were in the same room, what would you tell them?

I don't think I would tell them anything, but instead I would ask them what their favorite thing about our product is and what is one thing they would want improved or changed so we can keep finding ways to do better. 

Q: Looking back on your career and the strides you’ve made, what are you most proud of?

I think I am most proud of my ability to transition my career into the tech world and my ability to learn and grow since I’ve been here. I can tell my story about starting in chemistry, and then working with beer, and then ending up in tech. It sounds like super wildly different things, but I feel like my time in tech has seen those same kinds of changes too. It probably doesn’t look the same on the surface, but the amount that I have learned and grown professionally in tech has been pretty tremendous. 

Quick Fire 

        Either / Or 

        Pepsi or Coke: Coke

        DC or Marvel: No opinion

        Sunset or Sunrise: Sunset

        Milk or Dark: Dark

        Coffee or Tea: Coffee 

        Pecan or Pecan: "Pecahn"

        Chunky or Smooth: Smooth 

        Hot or Iced: Depends on the drink

        Guac or No Guac: No Guac 

        Mimosa or Bloody Mary: Mimosa 

 

Word Association 

        ATLATL: Visual Configuration

        Purple: It’s a color 

        TV Show: Rick and Morty

        Ice Cream: Doesn't eat it  

        Bagel: Everything 

        Vacation: Beach

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