We are so pleased to welcome Danny Nakitare, Software Engineer, to the team. His energy, perspective, experience, & positivity is unmatched! Read on to learn more about Danny below.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I currently live in New Mexico but grew up in midcoast Maine and Western Kenya.
Where did you go to school?
I earned a B.A. in Comparative International Politics from Pomona College and an MBA in Strategy, focusing on innovation management from Temple University.
How did you get into software engineering? What areas of your field do you like to focus on?
After reorganizing my family farm’s management and organizational structure, I searched for something that would keep me actively engaged and challenged. A friend mentioned software development, and after some research, I jumped right into what has since become a passion.
Do you have a code of ethics or a mantra that you live by when doing development work?
Development is fundamentally about solving problems, but doing so without considering and trying to minimize adverse follow-on effects is negligent. I firmly believe that any innovation should be a benefit to all stakeholders.
How do our core values (collaboration, initiative, ingenuity) align with your own?
I enjoy working in small, high-performing teams to overcome challenges and build the best solution to a problem. In my experience, diverse viewpoints and expertise coupled with open communication and frictionless collaboration result in better solutions. It is not just the result that is important, but what we learned and shared in the combined effort.
I have always been interested in finding novel solutions to problems. I try and take a straightforward approach to anything that I do. That said, I believe that initial action determines any endeavor’s success or failure, and thoughtful analysis is necessary before acting. Fixing little problems before they grow is something that I spent my formative years learning the hard way on the ocean and the farm.
What do you want to learn in the next 12 months as a software engineer? What do you want to learn about the web development industry?
I want to increase my technical skills on the infrastructure side to better support the rest of the engineering team and leverage that knowledge into building better solutions for our innovation partners. I would also like to continue exploring GraphQL as an alternative to REST.
What is your favorite song/album/band & why?
I have a pretty eclectic taste in music ranging from Vivaldi to South African G’Qom. I would say my all-time favorite album would probably be Soul Rebel by Marley and the Wailers. Marley, Paul Simon, and Lingala music was the soundtrack of my childhood. The album reminds me of warm breezes rustling eucalyptus leaves and barefoot soccer games. Recently, Nevermind (feat. Zhao) by the Destruction Boys has had heavy rotation in my playlist. The AfroFuture sound hits something deep in my soul. Maybe it’s the promise of the union of the tireless innovation of that hugely diverse continent and the emerging technology that AfroFuture brings.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love sailing small boats (Herreshoff 12.5 FTW).