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Feb 19 2016

Meet Eric and Micah

We are pleased to announce that our Boulder office is teeming with fresh faces. Our newest Mojos, Eric Freese and Micah Frost, come to us with considerable experience and amusing interests.

Eric Freese and Micah Frost

For instance, Eric once took three months to solo cycle along the pacific coast, from Seattle to San Francisco, while working remotely along the way. Micah has an extensive skill set as a full-stack developer that includes more than 27 key technologies! Three years ago he moved from the east coast to Boulder and has never looked back.

Read on to learn more about our newest additions.

1. Where’d you get educated and/or what jobs led you to your new job at MojoTech?

Eric: I studied Computer Science at CU Boulder and have mostly freelanced since graduating in 2010. Most recently, I worked for a little over two years with a small startup in town with a Rails stack.

Micah: I received a BS in Computer Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. After a few short term jobs, I worked remotely for a company based in NYC building web applications for four years. Eventually, I decided to pack the car and try my luck in Colorado where I met members of the MojoTech team.

2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?

Eric: During my last year at CU, I helped design and build an administrative system for KGNU, a local community radio station. It handles event scheduling, music library management, and on-air playlist logging. Before we built the system, they were doing all of this by hand with Word documents and pen and paper, so it was great to see how it made them so much more efficient.

Micah: I built the user interface for a system that would record and replay stock market data to assist other developers in designing HFT algorithms.

3. What do you enjoy most/least about engineering?

Eric: I love solving problems elegantly. Dealing with legacy code can be pretty unenjoyable.

Micah: I love spending time to truly understand a problem and then finding a path to its solution. Often times that means sitting with pen and paper before even writing any code! On the flip side, the more you learn, the more you come to realize how little you know.

4. Which personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?

Eric: I think the best engineers think and communicate logically and practically. They have a love for solving problems and are curious, sympathetic, compassionate, and open-minded. They don’t talk at people, they talk with them.

Micah: Patience to understand the problem, confidence to make educated guesses, humility to make corrections.

5. What do you get out of engineering that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work?

Eric: I think software engineering, in particular, is special because there’s practically no limit to what you can do. Everything is virtual, so it’s trivial to rip things out, rebuild huge pieces of a product, or implement anything you can imagine without the constraints that come along with the physical world.

Micah: Software development provides an opportunity to create something from (almost) nothing. We harness creative and philosophical thinking to make something that can truly impact the lives of others.

6. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.

Eric: Dealing with time zones is always a bit of a challenge.

Micah: At a previous job, our product was demoed live on morning television. Quick, scale up or fall over!

7. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?

Eric: Working with smart, driven co-workers that share my goal of writing great software.

Micah: The opportunity to work on many different projects with talented people who truly care about what they are building.

8. Which professionals do you turn to or what blogs do you read for inspiration?

Eric: Reddit.

Micah: In the Ruby world, Avdi Grimm and Aaron Patterson have helped to shape the community and changed the way I think about code. Douglas Crockford and Derick Bailey are the reason I enjoy writing JavaScript. Finally, Uncle Bob has written materials and given talks that I consider foundational in writing software.

9. 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?

Eric: An Ecocapsule.

Micah: Does this island have coffee beans? Is there potable water? These are the real questions...

10. What technology is going to take over the world next?

Eric: If we’re banishing people to deserted islands, maybe Ecocapsules.

Micah: Self-driving freight trucks.

11. If you weren’t an engineer, what occupation would you choose?

Eric: UX design probably.

Micah: Graphic or Type Designer

12. What is your idea of happiness?

Eric: Either writing code at my favorite coffee shop or being way out in the middle of nowhere backpacking or climbing.

Micah: Brand new computer hardware…or retiring to a mountain cabin somewhere in the Front Range.

13. The red pill or the blue pill?

Eric: Red.

Micah: Red. No blu–auuuuuuuugh!

Courtney Fanning