As you may have seen in BostInno this week, I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined the TetraScience team as Director of Engineering! So, who is this Doug guy and why does he get his own blog post?
I recently moved from Silicon Valley to the Boston area after Paul English acquired the travel startup that I co-founded, hopOn. Prior to that, I spent 3.5 years at SurveyMonkey in Palo Alto. Since moving here, my family and I have spent a lot of time learning the Boston area, finding the good local breweries (getting quoted in the Boston Globe about being a beer snob), and figuring out that I need to shovel snow again - the normal Boston stuff.
I actually wasn’t looking for my next role when TetraScience CTO and co-founder, Spin Wang, reached out to tell me about the company, the role he was looking to hire for, and their mission. Fast forward to present day and I've been with the company for 4 weeks and couldn’t be more pleased with my decision. Let me tell you why:
SCIENCE! I was born and raised in Columbia, MD with a Tech/Business Mother and a Scientist Father. While I took the technology route, science has always had a special place in my heart. When I first heard of TetraScience and learned what they are working on, I discovered the best of both worlds: a place where I could use my technology skills to help science. I mean, how cool is that?
The Team. When I decided to build hopOn, my core motivation was to solve a pain in my own life. I think leaders that try to solve first-hand, personal problems make the best founders. So when I met Alok, Spin, and Sal, and heard how they were striving to solve challenges they had experienced in labs, it was a key selling point for me. Not only did the founders have impressive backgrounds, everyone I met on the engineering team was awesome as well.
Old Hardware, meet new Tech. One of the fascinating engineering challenges we have at TetraScience is building an Internet of Things platform that connects new scientific instrumentation as well as legacy (and I mean up to 20-30 years old) to a modern cloud-based software solution. We do this through a combination of hardware we build, sensors, some old-school serial port cables (among many types of cables), a robust API platform and good old fashioned hard-work. It’s super meaningful when we get, for example, a Blood Gas Analyzer pushing data into our user-friendly platform as opposed to the scientist having to manually transcribe a piece of paper the machine produces. Major biotech and pharma companies are already using our solutions to monitor and control experiments, optimize instrument utilization, and streamline informatics. What's more, I’ve been a Python guy for the last 5-6 years and now I get to work in a Node.JS/ES6 stack, top to bottom, and learn lots of cool new stuff!
Improving the World. Best of all, when TetraScience delivers on our mission, we improve science. I know it’s totally cliche for tech people to say “We’re going to change the world,” but we may actually have a shot at doing it. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of the team hoping to accomplish this.
Now you know why I was interested in joining the TetraScience team. If you are too, the good news is we’re hiring across the board! Check it out here.