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17 Questions with our Lead Engineer, Mark Henry

Posted by Dana Adams on May 21, 2018, 2:49:30 PM

Interview with Artificial Intelligence Lead Engineer, Mark Henry

At Digitize.AI, we're committed to building a top-notch team of talented and driven individuals. And because we value transparency, we like to pull back the curtain every now and then and provide an inside look at our culture and the people who are shaping it. 

Our Lead Engineer, Mark Henry, very kindly took the time to answer the following 17 questions about himself. He discusses hobbies, lessons learned, and his hopes for Digitize. Enjoy!

 

1. What does success look like to you?

Enjoying what I do. I'd rather take a lower-paying job doing what I enjoy than a high-paying job doing something I don't enjoy.

2. What's your go-to for inspiration?

Probably music. Listening to a good tune (which varies, depending on my mood). If that doesn't work, and I have the time, going for a walk or hike often helps me think.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Reading (sci-fi and fantasy mostly, but sometimes other stuff), photography (landscapes/nature, mostly), biking, hiking. Occasionally some simple wood-working. I'll go through spats of video gaming, too. 

4. What's one skill you'd love to master?

I definitely always want to improve my photography skills. And if I had the space, I wouldn't mind having a place for more wood-working tools, like a table saw. 

5. What keeps you up at night?

If there's a reason that I need to get a good night's sleep, such as catching a flight, that's a good recipe for not getting a good night's sleep!

6. What have you learned this year that is a surprise?

That I might actually be able to pull off this work with Digitize! 

7. Where were you working before Digitize.AI?

Levvel, an IT consulting company.

8. What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?

Development (as with most other professions) often comes down to a question of time and money. What can be accomplished in a given time frame with whatever budget? Can we afford to buy a product or service that already accomplishes what we need, or do we have to build it from scratch? 

9. What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self? What do you think you would like to tell your current self 10 years from now?

To my 20-year-old-self, I would probably say something like, "Enjoy it while you can, and don't take things too seriously just yet!"

 

To my 10-years-from-now-self: "Sure hope you can retire soon!"  

10. What do you want for the employees of this company?

Culture is a big deal for me. As we grow, I want new people to enjoy themselves here. I don't like a lot of red tape and bureaucracy. And I like employees who can—and more importantly, are given the opportunity to—think for themselves and come up with their own way of solving problems.

11. Night owl or early riser?

Somewhere in between, though more towards the night owl. I'm not a morning person. But I don't like to sleep the day away, either. Generally I do my best work during the mid-afternoon hours. 

12. What's your favorite book of all time?

There are a lot of books (or authors) that I could say. Wool by Hugh Howey is a supremely excellent book that I tend to recommend to people. Brandon Sanderson is a favorite author of mine, too.

13. What's the best thing that happened to you last week? 

I got home from a spectacular vacation with my parents and uncle. We did a 10-day tour of southern Utah. While getting home wasn't the best thing, going over all the photos and remembering the trip has been.

14. Biggest fear?

Doing something that would hurt my family. 

15. What's the best way to start your day?

Music. Coffee. In that order. Reading is good, too.

16. What are some things that you've had to unlearn?

Do we ever really unlearn anything? As the saying goes, you tend to learn best from your mistakes. In which case…as a pretty big introvert, I have had to unlearn my desire to avoid interacting with other people.

17. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Traveling more. And seeing this product we're building succeed and do its part in improving people's lives.

 

Meet the rest of our team here!

 

Dana Adams

Written by Dana Adams

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