SurveyGizmo Spotlight: Jase Smith

Welcome to the 6th installment of our SurveyGizmo Spotlight. This week I’ll be focusing on someone who started right about the time I started and has watched SurveyGizmo grow from our little blue house to the 30 person team that we are today.

Welcome Jase! I want to start this off (like I start out off all of these) and thank you for doing this for me. I know you’re uber busy and I really appreciate you taking time out of your day so I can do this quick interview. Speaking of being super busy all the time, what is it that you do every day at work?

Jase: I do a little bit of everything. My official title is web designer, but I do some design, some development, some fixing. Recently, I’ve been concentrating on the SurveyGizmo 3.0 interface and usability, and when I have time I throw in some of your random marketing tasks.

Yay random marketing tasks! By the way, SurveyGizmo 3.0 looks amazing. You are doing a great job with the user interface, it is so nice, shiny, and quick! So now that I know what you do day-to-day, how did you happen upon SurveyGizmo? What did you do before you got here?

Jase: Do you want the long version or the short version?

Oh! Oh! The long version, of course!

Jase: Well after my wife’s Dad died (he’s actually still alive…pretty cool story about being revived – for another time and place) they decided to move from San Diego, where we were all living, to Alabama to enjoy a slower-paced life. A little while later, we decided to move to Alabama so we could buy a house instead of dumping money towards rent.

After a two year layover in Alabama, we decided it was time to go. I got a job in Colorado with a large radio station in Colorado Springs as the web director (read: one-man web team for many many radio stations). Although it was a great job, we were renting a house again, our third child, Cali, was on the way, and we wanted our family to be grounded. With our two older kids in school, it was time to plant.

I started looking for a job again and found one for a large company in Boulder. It was a great company, but really wasn’t my style, so I decided to break off onto my own. I’ve been a free-lancer off and on for the past 10+ years and decided to take it up full-time again but it didn’t last too long. After almost a year, I decided I needed to go back into a normal 9-5 job (read: needed some stability and reliability in my life).

So… you decided to work for a start-up? Interesting choice… just kidding!

Jase: I didn’t know about SuveyGizmo (or online surveys in general) before I started but I could feel that I was on the verge of something good and stable. Watching SurveyGizmo grow has been amazing!

So that’s how I got here. And I’m so happy that I did.

That wasn’t too long of a story! Since you mentioned loving being here so much, what would you say is your favorite part of SurveyGizmo?

Hmmm… I have to pick just one? How about being excited to come to work everyday. In the almost two years that I’ve been here, there’s never a dull moment. I’m always doing something different, and I’m always happy to be here.

Oh and the food! The doughnuts that show up on random Fridays, people bringing in cookies, getting taken to lunch. The food is definitely a perk. I just like everything here, I can’t pick just one thing!

Ha! I like that. So, when you’re not at work, what do you do for fun?

Jase: Well, My wife, Jen, and I have three young kids; Malakai – 10, Zoë – 7, and Cali – 3. So my time is mostly spent hanging out with my family and their various activities. We love watching movies and playing games.

Lately, once they’ve gone to bed though, Jen and I have been getting into Lost (a little late, I know). We love watching all the seasons through Netflix streaming. Right now, we’re just starting Season 4 — don’t tell me what’s happened!

Oh, trust me, I won’t. Season 4 is where is gets really crazy. Well, the whole thing is kinda crazy. Anyways, I better let you get back to work before Christian or Dehru get mad! Thanks again for the little peek into your life. You rule, Jase!

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