Welcome to UpKeep — Jon Hinkle
Welcoming Jon Hinkle to the UpKeep Family!
We’re so excited to welcome Jon to the team this week! Jon is joining us as our Full Stack Engineer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board! Here is our interview with him!
We’re excited to welcome you to the UpKeep family today, Jon! Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, I’m Jon and I’m a full stack engineer. I was born in Pennsylvania, but have spent most of my life in Arizona, and currently live in Tempe. I went to school at Arizona State University where I studied Software Engineering. I love to build things, and have a number of hobby projects involving robotics, 3d printing, and whatever else I can get my hands on and build.
How did you first get into Engineering?
I first got into Engineering when I was in high school. I originally had dreams of becoming an architect, but then I took a class on computer programming in my junior year and that opened me up to the world of programming. I had been pretty computer savvy ever since my early childhood and originally took the class as an elective just because it sounded interesting.
When I first got the computer to write out “Hello world”, I immediately started tinkering to see what else I could do. I actually became so engrossed in it, that I finished the entire semester’s work in two weeks. From there on out, I knew I wanted to be a Software Engineer.
Why are you excited to join UpKeep?
There are two main reasons I’m excited to join UpKeep. The first is that my first job was at a startup and I loved it. The agility we had to quickly develop software that helped our business grow was awesome. Later, I joined a large corporation where I didn’t get to interact with our clients or executives in any meaningful way and development was often hindered by politics. While I gained some valuable experience, I missed those personal interactions. I also missed being able to make a real tangible impact with my work. I wanted to help design and build whole systems, but was spending most of my time making little changes, often without knowing why.
The second reason is a bit more personal. After high school, I worked in a number of blue collar jobs, including janitorial work and sign fabrication. I got to see first-hand how much neglect and disempowerment exists for blue collar workers. Ryan Chan, the CEO of UpKeep, points out that “80% of the global workforce doesn’t sit at a desk, but until recently they have been overlooked by technology providers”. Knowing that part of UpKeep’s mission is “to empower maintenance teams to become twice as productive and allow them to receive recognition for the meaningful work they do” is something I want to be a part of.
What are your first thoughts about the culture and team so far?
The culture and team here are awesome! Everyone is very friendly, respectful, communicative, engaged, and professional (in the good ways, not the boring ways). I’m very impressed.
Jon, you mentioned how you are a big fan of ice cream! If you could only eat one flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why? And, do you have a favorite ice cream shop?
Mint chocolate chip, for sure. It’s the perfect balance between creamy and sweet, while the mint adds something amazing. I don’t have a favorite ice cream shop, but I was recently gifted an ice cream maker, so it might soon be Jon’s Homemade Ice cream (not for sale, but much for sharing).
Finally, and most importantly, what would you be if you were a kitchen utensil?
I would be a pair of tongs, because code bases are like boiling pots of stew where you need precision to move stuff around, and if you just shove your hand in there, you’re gonna get burned.