Hello again to our Webbula friends and family! We are back with another employee spotlight. This month we are featuring our fearless jack of all trades, our Chief Operating Officer, Douglas Egeth. Douglas gets to avoid the rain, ice, sleet and once in a while nice weather of Pittsburgh, for the warm gorgeous weather of Redondo Beach, California. When he is not putting the perfect .gif in an email response, he keeps Webbula up and running with our executive team. Keep reading to learn a little more about Doug!
What brought you to Webbula?
I jokingly tell people that I was Webbula’s first convert. I was operating a successful consulting firm when I was asked to help a group, that would eventually become Webbula with data center infrastructure and app development services. As a consultant, you learn that all your projects eventually come to an end so you try and keep a healthy distance, but I couldn’t help but develop a deep infatuation with the futuristic idea (at the time) that data quality technology is missing from the marketing stack. More importantly, the passion and energy from a widely diverse group of what would become the ground floor crew was incredibly infectious. So much so that I decided to leave my consulting practice and permanently wear my ]W[ badge with pride.
What does your position entail at Webbula?
My privilege of being Webbula’s COO entails a variety of things including:
* Starting emoji or meme themed email threads (Editor’s note: Told you he was awesome with .gifs)
* Giving lots of “applauds” in Basecamp
* Keeping our Borderlands 2 avatars alive during our tech team game nights
In addition to the fun, my corporate responsibility is to simply (or perhaps not so simply) keep the wheels turning every day to accomplish our goals. Whether that be data, product development, technical R&D, marketing, or special initiatives, my job is to keep the organization organized and get all projects, no matter how big or how small, across the finish line.
What part of your job are you most passionate about?
It is rare to be in a position where one’s job equates to their passion. Unlocking the potential of our team is what gets me up in the morning and it happens to be my job. The Webbula team is the very definition of a Motley crew and with our diverse backgrounds and skill sets there is literally nothing we can’t accomplish. I personally enjoy never accepting “It can’t be done” or “That’s impossible” for an answer and continually press our team to elevate our standards of excellence.
Where are you located?
Redondo Beach, CA
Where are you originally from?
Pine Brook, NJ
Where did you go to college?
Seton Hall University
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
After working in both New York and Los Angeles, if I could have any superpower it would be Teleportation, hands down. There is nothing more irritating than dealing with traffic on the GW Bridge or the 405. A wise man once told me that everyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone else going faster than you is crazy. I’d like to bypass all that stress altogether and be at my destination in an instant.
What is one fun fact that most people do not know about you?
Hot chocolate is a delicious drink, but do you want to know what is even better? Eating the hot chocolate powder straight from the packet with a spoon. You are laughing at me right now, but after you’ve tried it (which you know you will after reading this) you’ll understand what I mean.
If you could have dinner with 3 people alive or dead who would it be and why?
Herodotus, Arthur Miller, and Frederick the Great. I couldn’t imagine a more interesting conversation with the father of history, my favorite playwright and the famous Prussian military leader.
Getting Herodotus’ thoughts on how well humanity did writing, recording, interpreting and remembering our history would be fascinating. Plus I need a good writer around to record this epic dinner.
It would be a dream come true to tell Arthur Miller how much his works impacted my outlook on life. I could identify with Willy, Biff, Hap, and Bernard from Death of A Salesman all at the same time. As a side benefit, he’d be a great partner if we decided to play Trivial Pursuit, after dinner.
Hearing first hand from the military leader who changed the way leaders interact with their soldiers and took Europe by storm with tactics that were scientific as well as mathematical would be eye-opening. Not to mention he could really up my game for Settlers of Catan.
That is all for our August employee spotlight. From helping us accomplish our goals to making us laugh with a very appropriate meme, Doug is a great leader at Webbula. Now, everyone go try out the hot chocolate powder, but if you choke no blame can be put on Webbula or the contributors of this blog!