We hear all the time from our customers, partners and visitors that Hearsay employees are one-of-a-kind (in a good way!), and we couldn’t agree more. From Ironman athletes to classically trained opera singers to letterpress printers, the folks who make up Hearsay have different, interesting and often surprising backgrounds, skills and hobbies. We think it’s time to let the rest of the world know.
In our new monthly “Meet the Hearsay Team” employee spotlight series, get an inside look at the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our customers’ success.
For our inaugural profile, we’re excited to introduce Jordan Eldredge on our engineering team. Jordan was even kind enough to record a special #HSonAir podcast with Victor Gaxiola (@victorgaxiola), where they jam about music, computer programming and what makes Hearsay so awesome.
What’s your role at Hearsay?
What led you to become an engineer?
I never formally studied programming or computer science. In high school, I collected opera recordings (nerd alert!) and eventually grew frustrated at the tools available to organize my collection. For example, iTunes does not offer a way to notate who conducted a specific recording. To scratch my own itch, I started writing some software to help me keep my files organized, and learned web programming (quite by accident) in the process.
After college, I used the skills I developed from my side projects to get work as a freelance web developer. I freelanced for five years and then realized I was plateauing. Working by myself, I wasn’t able to learn at the rate I wanted to be learning.
So, with my wife’s encouragement, I gave notice to all my clients and started looking for a full-time job.
What attracted you to Hearsay?
Coincidentally, right around that time, a friend of mine who worked at Hearsay reached out to see if I was looking for a job. The timing was perfect. Through the interview process I got the impression that Hearsay would be a perfect place to work with smart engineers from whom I could learn. Two years later, I can confirm that initial impression!
What Hearsay value do you embrace the most?
The Hearsay value that resonates with me the most is “always be learning.” I love the fact that every day when I come into work, I get to work on a problem to which I don’t know the answer. This means that I am constantly investing in myself and every day I’m a better engineer than I was the day before.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
As a kid, whenever I wanted something that I couldn’t afford, my dad would always insist that I could make it myself. I remember a time in elementary school when pogs were all the rage. I really wanted to get a “slammer,” but didn’t have the money. My dad insisted that the “store bought” versions were overpriced for what’s really just a piece of metal. He took me to the junkyard where I acquired a massive 10-pound chunk of iron. My friend’s pogs were destroyed and there’s still a massive divot in the pavement of my elementary school’s playground from that fateful day.
If you had to plan a spontaneous trip for this weekend, where and what would it be?
I once read a blog post which advocated for taking a “codecation” where you take a trip with a fellow programmer, spend most of your time coding, and try to ship something. I’d love to give that a try!
If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose?
While studying music in college, I fell in love with the German “Lieder” composers Schubert and Schumann and the poets whose poetry they used as the text for their songs. Their settings of the poets Heine and Goethe awoke in me a connection with German language and culture that felt almost ancestral. If given the opportunity, I would love to live in Germany.
What’s your greatest accomplishment to date?
Marrying my wife, Chelsea, and raising my daughter, Elizabeth. However, that feels so obvious that it’s kinda a cop-out answer.
- Hacker News
- The newsletter of the W3C (the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web)
- A tweet by one of the original developers of Winamp
- The French newspaper Le Monde: Winamp en HTML
Thanks, Jordan! Tune in next month to learn more about the people behind the scenes at Hearsay. In the meantime, connect with Jordan:
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