Shoeboxed Team Spotlight: Dan Morgan
It’s time for everyone’s favorite monthly feature: The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight! Each month we interview a member of our team so you can get to know the people helping you get organized.
In this month’s spotlight, we’re thrilled to introduce another member of the Shoeboxed team:
Dan Morgan, our rockstar mobile developer! Dan came on board in May 2012, and he’s made considerable progress with the Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker since then. If you know and love our mobile apps, read on to learn more about Dan and how he’s making receipt tracking easier for iPhone and Android users everywhere.
Shoeboxed: Hey, Dan! Let’s start with you sharing a little background on yourself up until joining the team.
Dan Morgan: Sure! I’m from Albany, NY and moved down here when I was very young. I spent seven years living in Holly Springs and the rest in Raleigh, and I absolutely love North Carolina! I can’t imagine a better place to live. I decided to stick around Raleigh for college and graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development this past May. Their program is in the top 15 in the nation for their Game Development undergrad programs, as ranked by Princeton Review, so it was a great fit for me. From the moment I got my hands on a mobile device, I thought it would be awesome to make a mobile game. It’s a big goal of mine to make a mobile game, and hopefully I’ll get a game or two out to market soon!
SBX: That’s awesome! We can’t wait to play them. So how did you come to join Shoeboxed?
DM: After getting a few offers from local companies, I interviewed at Shoeboxed and knew almost immediately that I wanted to work here. The work environment is what really sold me– I felt welcomed from the get-go.
SBX: We’re so glad to have you! It is a pretty awesome place to work, right? :) Anyway, tell everyone a bit about what you do here.
DM: I work on the mobile apps for iOS and Android. I add new features, test them, submit new apps for approval, fix bugs– everything related to mobile! This year I hope to start working on other parts of the Shoeboxed technology as well.
SBX: A lot of our customers rely almost completely on using the mobile apps for their receipt tracking needs, so that’s no small task! So since you work on a fan favorite aspect of Shoeboxed, tell us what your favorite part of working here is.
DM: I get to work on what I love, working with mobile apps! Ever since I got my hand on an iPhone 3G in high school I knew that I wanted to make apps for it. Here’s a funny story – I originally wanted an iPhone for one feature only: the Shazam app! I thought it was so awesome that it would just listen to a song for 5-10 seconds and tell you exactly what the song is. But after I got the phone and downloaded some other apps, I saw this little device’s true potential. Also think it’s really cool when people ask me what I do for a living, I just take my phone out of my pocket and show them exactly what I do.
SBX: That is awesome! Sidenote: I love Shazam too. Anyway, we all know Shoeboxed is a great place to work, but what specifically makes you happy to come to work?
DM: I play office chair hockey, I get bombarded with Nerf guns, I can play darts and table tennis, I get free pizza delivered to me every Friday, I participate in Movember my opinion matters, my voice has some power over what I do and don’t do with mobile, but best of all, I make a difference. Not too many people in the world can confidently say all those things about their job.
SBX: That may just be the best answer to this question that I’ve seen so far. :) So let’s try one that’s a little more challenging: describe yourself in three words.
DM: Dan the man.
SBX: Haha! So what do you do when you’re not working?
DM: My second passion is cooking food. I always told myself that, if computer science didn’t work out, I would just own my own restaurant. Also enjoy playing ice hockey or hanging with friends, occasionally play some video games when I’m not making them.
SBX: Well, we all know whose house we’re going to for dinner tonight. Just kidding! So give us your best organization tip.
DM: I have way too many wires at my apartment in storage bins, so I take old toilet paper rolls and place them vertically in a storage bin to section all the wires out. That way when I need a crossover cable I don’t have to untangle it with all the other wires in the bin I get it out of.
SBX: That’s pretty smart! To change the subject again, what’s your favorite part about our hometown of Durham?
DM: My interview at Shoeboxed was my second time in Durham, and since I live in Raleigh I haven’t explored much of Durham yet! From what I’ve seen so far, I really like the downtown convenience of restaurants, and in particular, I’m so happy they have The Pit over here now. My internship I had the summer before working here was a block away from The Pit in Raleigh and it was one of favorite place to eat there!
SBX: I haven’t tried it yet but am definitely adding it to my list of awesome Durham restaurants to try! Here’s another tough question: what’s your best purchase so far in life?
DM: My iPhone :) always with me, even when I sleep it’s either next to my head or in my hand (weird right?).
SBX: Not too weird; I think a lot of us have that habit. :) So to wrap this up, give us your six word memoir.
DM: Life’s too short to not live.
SBX: I like it! Well, Dan, thanks for taking the time to chat and let our readers get to know you better!
Stay tuned next month for an interview with another awesome Shoeboxed team member, and in the meantime, stay organized out there!