Brett Clark from Grasshopper

This week’s employee spotlight is on Brett Clark. Brett works on the engineering team and is a software engineer: IP telephony. He works with the engineering and NOC teams to explore and build next generation features for our virtual phone system.  When he’s not working on new features, he pitches in to help solve technical problems with the existing system.

Let’s get to know Brett...

What was your first job?

My first job was at the age of 15 programming for a company called microDATA in Vermont near where I grew up. I helped develop a phone system optimized for 911 which relied VoIP.  I was specifically responsible for the call recording and the TTY functionality of the system.

What’s your favorite aisle in the grocery store?

My favorite aisle is the foreign foods section, specifically the aisle with food from the UK.  I love everything from Ribena to digestives!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve always wanted to be a programmer.  I wrote my first program when I was 8.  I’ve always loved creating new things, and programming seemed like a great way to do so.  Unlike electrical or mechanical engineering, I can create a new program without wasting anything other than my time.  I think this may have been why I chose programming over other forms of creative expression.

Would you rather always be cold or always be hot?

I would much rather be cold.  I can’t handle anything above 75F without bursting into flames.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I’d really like to meet Elon Musk, a successful entrepreneur who has been a key co-founder in several cutting edge companies.  I’m impressed by his work ethic, and I’d be super interested in hearing what the key is to being successful in extremely diverse markets.

Fun facts – have anything interesting people should know about you?

I’m an experienced welder, machinist, and electrician.  I’m fascinated by data and the idea of exploring that which is unexplored.  To this end, I designed, launched, and recovered a high altitude balloon to take pictures and record weather data from very high altitudes (up to 120,000 ft).  I have also designed and am almost finished building a deep sea submarine designed to observe sea life.

Stay tuned for next week’s employee spotlight!