August 22 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Jon Zelasko

This is the ninth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

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Jon is from Alliance, Ohio and is a developer at Squirrels. Specifically, he works on the Windows versions of all the applications. Jon makes sure that all Squirrels Windows apps behave as they were designed.

Working with Slingshot for Windows has been the coolest thing Jon has done at Squirrels, along with private projects he’s currently working on that are not yet released to the public!

“The best part about working at Squirrels is the energy,” he said. “It comes from the camaraderie of the employees, but it’s part of what makes our products so good.  We’re all friends, so we imagine the intended user with that same friendly respect and thus we aim to make the user experience as good as possible.  Also, having friendly co-workers and good products really helps having a job one can be proud of.”

Learn more about Jon!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Biking, dancing, spending time with friends, spending time with family, improving my home and building Lego sets.

Favorite food: I don’t have a specific favorite food, but I’m a big fan of the things served at the restaurants I can’t go to everyday like the hot dogs at Dirty Franks in Columbus, the wraps at Thatsa Wrapp in downtown Canton or the really good sushi at a few select places in the area.

TV show: The West Wing

Movie: Casino Royale

Band/artist: Again, I don’t have a specific favorite, but it’s because my musical tastes are always in flux so I might be really into the music of an indie folk band one week and very much digging the funk-synth-pop of another band/artist the next.

Your idol and why: My grandfather.  He’s humble, he’s intelligent and he’s worked hard to make a good life for his family.

Your motto: Never say never.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? I’d be a party animal or Animal from the Muppets.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A scientist.  When I started college I settled for being a doctor, but I found that I wasn’t a fan of Biology (though I loved Chemistry) so I eventually became a computer scientist (or at least that’s what my degree says anyway).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Telekinesis, the ability to move and control objects with one’s mind.  It’d be like having most of the best super powers all in one: Flight?  Lift and move myself. Super speed?  Move myself faster. Super strength?  Move or push things with my mind to enhance existing strength. Plus, it would really help doing two things at once, so it’d save me time cooking and cleaning and whatnot.

August 15 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Stephen Gerstacker

This is the eighth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

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Stephen is a senior application developer. A Dover, Ohio native, he writes and designs software for Squirrels. Stephen’s talents allow him to work with software across all platforms.

Since starting at Squirrels, Stephen has enjoyed attending Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last year the most. “Attending WWDC had always been a dream of mine, and the company made sure I got to go,” he said.

In his opinion, the best part about working at Squirrels is his co-workers. “This is more of a team than a company, so it makes the day-to-day work a lot more enjoyable.”

Learn more about Stephen!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I spend my free time tinkering on computers.

Favorite food: Indian Food

TV show: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Band/artist: De La Soul

Your idol and why: I couldn’t say I have a specific idol, but I try to take inspiration from a lot of people. I enjoy people’s perspectives on and approaches to the world. This includes Salvador Dalí, MC Escher, Terry Gilliam, Grace Hopper and Stanley Kubrick. There’s probably more, but this list is getting pretentious enough as is…

Your motto: I don’t really have a motto, but I try to live by the “Do unto others…” “Be excellent to each other” ethos.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Probably a dog. There’s something to be said for a simple life.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? In my actual words, “a digger truck driver.”

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying. That seems like the most fun.

August 8 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Andy Yanok

This is the seventh post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Andy is a senior application developer at Squirrels. He was raised in Canal Fulton, Ohio and works on a bit of everything in development. He is well versed in iOS, Mac and Windows development. He can jump around and assist in application UI or work on the backend of Squirrels applications.

Andy has done a lot of cool things at Squirrels, but he mostly loves the uniqueness of the software and applications he is working with. “ Working on new and innovative technologies, not many developers get the opportunity to work on software that evolves as our software does,” he said. 

According to Andy, “The best part about working at Squirrels is working on software that so many people use.  Also, constantly learning new things.  I was once simply an ‘iOS developer’ now I’m a software developer. I constantly get to learn new software platforms and OS’s.”

Learn more about Andy!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Playing video games, watching TV with my wife, running.

Favorite food: Chipotle Burrito

TV show: NFL Football

Movie: Ghostbusters

Band/artist: Beck

Your idol and why: My mother.  She has all the traits and personality that I strive to have but can’t always replicate.

Your motto: “Oh wiwi?”

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Mountain Lion, because they thug.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Baseball player (we see how that ended up).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

August 7 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Development Team

It’s almost time to meet the Squirrels development team! Stay tuned tomorrow to meet senior Developer, Andy Yanok.

Want to meet more of the team? Read more in this series.

August 1 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Matt Becker

This is the sixth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

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Matt Becker is from Bolivar, Ohio. Along with being a partner, he is the company’s project manager. Matt takes great pride in the software development process from start to finish; he creates an efficient work environment that allows the team to work together and succeed, turns product visions and new features into a reality by monitoring product design goals and staying true to the initial vision and then ensures that Squirrels’ offerings meet customer needs.

When asked about the coolest thing he’s ever done at Squirrels, Matt said, “It’s really hard to say one thing was cooler than something else because we’ve been able to positively affect so many people by doing what we love to do. I’ve been able to contribute simply by being passionate and by trying to be a great leader. Being given an opportunity to do this is without a doubt the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Matt’s favorite part of working at Squirrels is not feeling like he’s at work. “I never wake up and think to myself, ‘I’m not in the mood to work today.’ I’m surrounded by an awesome team that is capable of doing awesome things.”

Learn more about Matt Becker!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Drives to nowhere, learning new and crazy things (I’m currently learning how to assemble my own guitar effects pedals), basically trying to not have free time.

Favorite food: Pita chips and vegetables with hummus

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones (unless NBA Basketball counts)

Favorite Movie: I count Star Wars Episodes IV - VI as one movie, because that’s how I watch them.

Favorite Band/Artist: I don’t have a favorite band/artist, but some of my favorite music genres are Trip-Hop, Downtempo and Post-Rock.

Your idol and why: Over the years, I’ve had a number of idols and people whom I’ve looked up to. But Steve Jobs is always on that list and usually very near the top. The way that he was able to productize something that was considered to be too nerdy or too techy, is something that I continue to try to understand.

Your motto: I’ve always told myself and others, “Do awesome things.” I’ll probably be using this more after seeing James Whittaker (@docjamesw) speak a couple times at a conference that I recently attended.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Some sort of exotic bird, like a Macaw. To live in a jungle, fly around in the canopies, be generally beautiful and majestic… that sounds like a pretty good life.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Up until I was about 16, I was convinced I was going to be a touring musician in a rock band. THAT… did not happen. 

If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s not a “super power” per se, but if I could be adept in using the power of The Force, I’d be very satisfied.

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