#TeamWP: Meet Colin, Software Engineer

Colin

From summer intern to engineering superstar, Colin, a Software Engineer with our Premium team, is not only relentlessly committed to making our front-end product experience usable and beautiful across platforms, but he is also reliably available for a genuine smile and words of appreciation and encouragement. Knowing that, it should be no surprise that Colin looks forward to mentoring our summer interns, making their experiences both challenging and a ton of fun!

Colin’s last three years at Whitepages have given him the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, finding his way from back-end web development to a passion for front-end web development, and having an integral role in launching our Premium product as part of a small and tight-knit team.

To break up his days in front of a computer, Colin and a couple of his fellow Whitepagers take advantage of their employee discount at the gym in our downtown Seattle office building. After a good sweat (and a shower!), you can likely find him snacking on a Chocolate Pure Protein bar and back to work in a corner of our office’s Sunset Lounge, known for the “comfiest couches and best lighting.”

What’s your hometown?
Growing up in a military family meant I lived in 10 different houses growing up. I came to Seattle to attend UW and soon found it feeling like home.

What was your very first job?
I worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA for three summers from the ages of 16 – 18.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
Definitely the personal home computer. My family’s first computer was a Gateway 2000 4DX-33 running Windows 3.1 and I loved playing games on it. I remember waking up super early and memorizing what I had to type into the Command Prompt to get to my games.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
The Crown on Netflix. I didn’t think a historical drama about British royalty would be that interesting, but it’s really well-made.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
At work, I like to read up on the latest in front-end web development. At home, I enjoy working with my good friend (and colleague at Whitepages!) Tommy on editing our latest videos for YouTube.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Over Christmas, I went to see Multnomah Falls with my family, which was an impressive sight! I’m also planning to go to Scandinavia for two weeks in April with my brother.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
There’s so many! If I want Thai food, I’ll go to the Thai-U-Up food truck. If I want Mediterranean food, I like the Athena’s food truck. Veggie Grill has some awesome vegetarian food, and Potbelly makes excellent sandwiches.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Working together to get stuff done. I was sold on Whitepages when I experienced how we are trusted to do, ask questions, and directly collaborate with our colleagues to fix problems as they come up. Also, my manager really epitomizes our “own it” value. Seeing him help out with everything engineering at Whitepages is pretty inspiring.

Colin & team

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#TeamWP: Meet Software Engineer, Kathleen

When you think about what goes into development of a website, you’d think it might be somewhat simple, right? The truth is, developing a website is an incredibly complex system that often requires a whole team. Meet Kathleen, one of our software engineers and our full-stack web developer who’s currently working alongside our Caller ID team. In order to be a full-stack web developer, you have to be knowledgable about each layer of the website. The greatest part about her job? This isn’t the only project Kathleen works on. She gets to work on a variety of projects, so each week is a little bit different.

Which office are you in?
Seattle!

Why did you join Whitepages?
I joined Whitepages after I was a summer intern here two years ago and I really enjoyed my experience with the company and people that I got a chance to work with.

What’s your hometown?
Bellevue, WA
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What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
Fruit Snacks are the best.

How do you take your coffee?
With a little bit of cream and sugar.

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
I love listening to Spotify at work. Currently I am listening to James Bay, Jukebox the Ghost, and George Ezra but that could change very soon.

What was your very first job?
I worked in the University of Washington Seismology lab for a summer.

Describe your first computer.
A heavy Lenovo laptop.
Lenovo

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Magic School Bus.
MagicSchoolBus

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I am always on time.

What are you most proud of?
Having a good, happy life.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Read a book.

If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
Another book or sunglasses (I’m always forgetting mine).

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Say My Name by Destiny’s Child (I guess?).

What’s the last vacation you went on?
I went on a five-week vacation to Europe after graduation. I visited Germany, Spain, England, and France. It was a wonderful trip!

What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Anything with chocolate

Two things you can’t live without?
A hair tie and some form of music