John Cloeter

Kipsuvian since
December 2021
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What were you up to before joining Kipsu? 

I worked as a software tester for an electronic health records company. Before that I was pursuing my Master's degree in music performance and working as an instructor at Indiana University. I've always been interested in technology and began learning programming on my own during my time in music school.

What are some things you enjoy doing outside of work? 

As an active performer and music teacher, I still enjoy practicing trumpet. When I'm not programming or practicing, I enjoy reading, going swing dancing, and watching the best soccer team in England: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

What drew you to Kipsu in contrast to other companies? 

As a self taught developer, I wanted to be involved in creating new projects rather than maintaining existing ones. With lots of future growth projected at Kipsu, I knew these opportunities would be beneficial to my career as a software engineer.

What were some things you noticed about the Kipsu team during your first week?

It was very easy to meet people and feel at home quickly. I was surprised to see that Chris Smith, the CEO, took time out of his day to give new hires an in depth class about our business model.

What challenges are you looking forward to tackling in your work at Kipsu?

I am looking forward to being a part of the creation of new projects at Kipsu as we expand into other markets. I am excited to write code that will get reviewed by senior staff members to help me grow as a developer.

What is your favorite Kipsu core value and why?

My favorite Kipsu core value is "Play the Long Game". I think some of the most rewarding things in life are only achievable by focusing on small, consistent growth that pays off only in the long term.

If you could pick any person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?

I would like to have dinner with Antonio Conte. He's the new coach of my favorite soccer club and has notoriously difficult training sessions. He frequently tells his teams that they need to embrace suffering instead of shy away from it. I think it's a really interesting mentality to have in life because it can change your perspective during difficult times.

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