ChaiOne Employee Spotlight: Nic Nash, Full Stack Engineer

By Rachel Nitschke | Jun 21, 2016

This month’s employee spotlight focuses on Nic Nash, one of our full stack engineers. Nic has been with the company for one year and 8 months, using Javascript, HTML and CSS to push the limits of what can be done in a browser.

When did you know you wanted to be a developer?

It probably started with Mario on NES, but was solidified when I learned you could write BASIC on the TI-80. I created a rudimentary Phoenix game using the graph and was hooked ever since. GOTO all the things.

What was the first thing you remember building? 

When I was very young, my dad and I built a compressed air super soaker made from 8-inch PVC pipes and I hooked it up to an air compressor to ‘charge’. I could hardly carry the thing it was so large and heavy, but damn was it impressive. I felt like a heavy in TF2.

What was the first app or software that you worked on and what was the strangest?

My first and strangest was probably a paint brush iOS app where glitches were features.  It had all the normal features, multiple colors, brushes, etc, however if you accidentally had a second finger touch the screen, it would spasm back and forth.  With some practice you could use it as a technique for a specific look.  We decided to leave it in and even had a photo of it on the app store.  We also included some hidden features like rainbow mode where if you selected a hidden color box, your colors would cycle through the rainbow.  This was our first iOS app as a company while finding clients, and let us have some fun.

What’s different about the ChaiOne engineering department vs working another agency or corporation?

I’ve just always worked alone, so I really appreciate the team atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and down to earth. Now I bounce ideas off people all the time, and we trust each other enough to ask even the dumb questions when necessary.

Describe the engineering department as a comic book title.

The Amazing Travis and his Binary Brigade

What’s your favorite company culture activity?

Theres so many to pick from! Game night was my favorite. Going toe-to-toe with a VP is always entertaining.

What advice would you give to prospective ChaiOne engineers?
Be kind, be smart, be humble. Also, your sense of community is what you make of it.
Interested in working with Nic? Head over to our Careers page and send us your application!

 

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