#TeamWP: Meet Calum Clark, Interaction Designer

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Meet Calum Clark, an avid reader, artist and our very own #TeamWP interaction designer. What started as a one month contract 3 years ago, turned into a two month contract, and eventually into a full-time career with Whitepages (we just couldn’t let him leave!). In the day-to-day life of Calum, most of his time is spent on our consumer Web team working on wireframes, sketching mockups, running user tests and to sum it all up in Calum’s own words, “making stuff look pretty.” Let’s meet Calum!

 

Which office are you in?
Seattle.

Why did you join Whitepages?
I first came to Whitepages as a temporary contractor. I really enjoyed the environment and the amount of influence I had on design compared to my previous experiences, so eventually a one-month gig became two months, then six months, then full-time. I think my 3-year anniversary as a FTE is in August.

What’s your hometown?
Stanwood, Washington.

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
Frozen fruit gummies.

How do you take your coffee?
Cream and sugar. At home I use a French press, cheap grounds. I don’t care so much about the quality of the beans, coffee is more about function+ritual to me.

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
Mostly indie nonsense, but my tastes are broad. Punk, rap, classical, folk, blues, electronic, etc. As far as bands go, Mountain Goats, Thee Oh Sees, Postiljonen, Titus Andronicus, Pixies.

What was your very first job?
Janitor at a tractor repair shop, spent a lot of my time cleaning up oil spills and chopping up wood for the stove. I hope to never have a job again where one of my responsibilities is emptying a spittoon, but it was probably a healthy experience.

Describe your first computer.
Compaq Presario (~1997) laptop running Windows 95, didn’t have internet until a year or two after that. Played a lot of SimCity and Jane’s ATF.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Bill Nye the Science Guy, NOVA, etc. I was a science kid.
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Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
…that I don’t know myself well enough to answer questions like this?

What are you most proud of?
Human accomplishment in general. That, and my friends and family.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Draw or read. Scan Instagram.

If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
A Deluxe, fries, and chocolate shake from Dick’s. That or a new sketch book.
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What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Creep by Radiohead.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
San Francisco for the weekend, 4 or 5 months ago.
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What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Strawberry Lemon.

Two things you can’t live without?
Drawing, reading.

#TeamWP: Meet Erin Schindler

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If you are ever wondering how a company with as many moving parts as Whitepages keeps track of it’s revenue, then look no further. Erin Schindler, Whitepages’ very own staff accountant is the glue that holds this process together. Walking through the office, not only will you see her focused on making sure all revenue is accounted for and recorded but you will also see her running around the office saying hi to the rest of TeamWP and planning fun employee get-togethers. Let’s meet Erin!

 

 

Which office are you in?

Home of the 12th man, Seattle!

Why did you join Whitepages?

I joined Whitepages because of the amazing culture we have here. I could tell in the interview that Whitepages was a special place to work because of its transparency and drive for innovation. Also, I absolutely love working with everyone at Whitepages, they are why I enjoy coming to work everyday! (Go TeamWP!)

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?

Chocolate covered raisins! *cough I mean apples….

How do you take your coffee?

With a little bit of cream every morning

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?

Whatever I feel like grooving to that day…or whatever song Nicholas is singing. He’s very talented as everyone knows after karaoke in Bend.

What was your very first job?

I coached little kids in soccer at Arena Sports in Redmond, WA. It was actually an amazing first job!

Describe your first computer.

The only thing I remember about my first computer was playing Oregon Trail. I know many of you remember that one!

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

I was obsessed with Friends in Junior High and High school. I may or may not own all 10 seasons on DVD.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I cry very easily during movies especially when they involve animals…I even cried in Disney’s Tarzan when Tarzan’s ape dad dies. Yes, I do realize it’s animated.

What are you most proud of?

Ooh that’s a toughie… I’m proud of the fact that I’m extremely happy with my 27 years of life so far. I’ve experienced a lot of cool things and have a ton of amazing people in my life. A lot to be grateful for and proud of!

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Take my energetic, adorable black lab, Dakota, for a stroll. He’s my baby!

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If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?

A Peach lunch

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

This is easy…Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” Even though I feel terrible for anyone who has to listen to it, I love singing that song!

What’s the last vacation you went on?

I was just up in Whistler for a long weekend snowshoeing and hiking with some friends from Australia. Unfortunately, the snow was kind of sucky for snowboarding but we made up for it with some breath-taking hikes and of course enjoying the awesome night-life in the village.

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What’s your signature gelato flavor?

Gelato…no idea. Ice cream on the other hand, Lucerne’s Birthday Cake ice cream is freaking amazing! If you haven’t had it you should fix that pronto! I’m actually enjoying some as I write this.

Two things you can’t live without?

My incredible family and football season.

 

 

3 Spring Break Planning Tools From Whitepages

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Spring break is a time for relaxing and enjoying the sun – or so we hope. To some, spring break defines relaxation and to others it is only a small taste of a chaotic but fun-filled summer. To avoid any added stress, it’s important to prepare for your trip. Whitepages offers many tools to help you avoid any last-minute spring break stress and make your trip as prepared for as possible. Read below to see how you can utilize the Whitepages’ business lookup to plan for a worry-free, seamless spring break.

 

 

Whitepages’ business lookup can help you…

Find a car rental business (plus the directions to get there!)

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Are you headed somewhere you might need a car to get around? You can easily conduct your pre-trip research using Whitepages. Simply head to Whitepages.com and click “Business” in the top category bar, as shown above.

Enter “Car Rental” and the city, state or zip code closest to where you are staying in the search fields. The following page will list car rental businesses localized to that area. Click “View Details” next to the listing you’re most interested in and you will see the phone number, address and map view of the location. Congrats! You are now one step closer to a stress-free spring break.

…Make a document with important numbers and addresses in the area
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Whether it’s the hotel’s phone number, or a nearby hospital’s address it’s crucial to be prepared with the important emergency numbers and addresses for your trip. Before you leave, create a document with the contacts you need to have available at the place where you’re visiting. These contacts can be anything from the hotel’s phone number and address to a nearby hospital (safety first!). To find hospitals in the area, head to the “Business” tab on whitepages.com. Enter “Hospital” under business search and the city, state or zip code where you’ll be traveling to. At this point, you will see a list of nearby hospitals and health clinics. Choose the hospital that makes the most sense for you and your family, and add it to your emergency document.

…Find Restaurants near your hotel
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It can be difficult to find a last-minute restaurant for dinner after a day of sightseeing, or relaxing on the beach. But you can easily search restaurants on Whitepages with the business search tool. Head to the “Business” search category on Whitepages.com and enter the type of restaurant you’re searching for. For example, if you prefer Italian food, type in “Italian Restaurants” on the search bar, and you’ll find nearby Italian restaurants – That’s it!

From car rental location look-up to finding tasty Italian restaurants near your hotel, we have the tools to help you plan a productive, stress-free and FUN spring break. Happy travels!

Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue!

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Last week, we described a situation where Whitepages Caller ID saved the day thanks to its power to identify unknown callers. Now we’d like to show you one of the many ways that call blocking comes in handy…

Ok, maybe he looked cute at the party over the weekend. Or she seemed really well versed on your favorite band. You had a nice chat, and even danced a couple of times. Digits were exchanged.

But in the light of day, you’ve got second thoughts. Maybe you just don’t want to keep in touch. Take a deep breath—you’re not bad person for feeling that way. So keep it easy, and use Whitepages Caller ID to finesse this sticky situation.

While we’d never advocate for a breakup over text or phone, in today’s tech times, sometimes it’s just better to trust your instincts and just drift quietly away by not responding to the other person’s texts or calls.

It’s the gentle way to give someone you’ve just met the hint that you’re not interested after all. And if you need to use a bit stronger medicine, simply set your Caller ID app to block that number’s calls and texts. He or she will see that you’re not responding, and you don’t have to get annoyed or interrupted over unwanted contact.

It’s just another way that Whitepages Caller ID keeps you in control of your communication. Mission accomplished!

Whitepagers in Bend: Lessons From Our Company Trip

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One of the main things that jumped out at me when I first began working at Whitepages was their annual company trip. People were constantly telling me about how much fun they had together in Vegas and Whistler before that. I had never heard of a company putting that amount of time and effort into their culture, and I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to get 160 of my coworkers together into one place. I found out last week at our 2015 Kickoff in Bend, Oregon.

We came from New York, California, Budapest, and of course, Seattle. There was fun to be had, good food to be eaten and a lot to learn during our three days together. In addition to gathering for our all-hands meeting, we were treated to a wide range of activities including brewery tours, motivational speakers, and the option to choose skiing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, a lava cave tour or a visit to the spa as our all-day outing. Each activity had something to teach us in its own way. Here are some activity highlights and a list of what we learned:

Process makes the pinnacle possible.” – Author, Mt. Everest Summiteer and cancer survivor Alan Hobson recounted two of the most important moments in his life for us. In telling us about his journey to Everest and his victory over cancer, he explained how having a well-thought-out process makes achieving your highest goals possible. It’s a concept that all of us are bringing into both our professional and personal lives for 2015.

Simple life lessons inspired by sled dogs – Amber Vacha, one of our sales account executives learned a good deal from her time on a dogsled. Here’s what the pack she got to know had to teach her:

    • Be heard and be excited
    • Jump in the air when you feel like it
    • Love your work
    • Be ready to take the lead
    • Listen to direction
    • Rest when tired, then get up and give 150%

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Snowmobiling: it’s harder than it looks and way more fun than you imagined – While Amber was dogsledding and a good number of my coworkers were carving the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, I was snowmobiling. Here’s what the need for speed taught me:

    • Test your limits
    • The faster you go, the more focused you must be
    • Prepare for bumps in the trail, but take them standing up
    • Don’t let the mountain’s beauty go unnoticed
    • Watch out for trees

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Culture is what counts – I already knew that Whitepages values their people, but our trip together made that crystal clear. Every presentation, activity and event was planned to perfection. We had an amazing time together and left with the motivation to get out and tackle 2015 as a team.

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