May 8, 2018

Team Member Spotlight: Scott Powell, Front-End Developer

Ever inquisitive, front-end developer, Scott Powell, has been keeping our team on its toes from day one. With a personality that screams friendly and a methodical mindset that untangles problems faster than Will Smith can solve a Rubik’s Cube, he’s been making things happen for Blackstone and our clients since joining the team in late 2017. But what makes this perpetually happy dude tick? Read on!

Tell us how you first got involved with development? 
A close friend who was a .NET developer told me he didn’t have a Computer Science degree and that made me consider if I could follow in his steps and switch careers. I learned Visual Basic (a programming language) as a kid but I didn’t have any application for it or reinforcement from others. I wasn’t until late 2014 that I started learning Javascript and Java. I taught myself web development using tools and friends and made-up projects until I finally landed a job in 2016.

What was your first impression of Blackstone?
I thought, “Wow, they’re so open and honest with each other… and they still like one another.” I won’t lie, that made me a bit uncomfortable at first but then I learned that’s a thing I love. It’s great.

Do you have a bucket list? Give us two things on it.
Go to space. Play with remote control cars with my unborn daughter (after she’s born). Move to Scandinavia.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
If my wife fits into that category, then her. Ciera. If not I would have to say silence. I don’t like loud.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
Working full time, schooling fulltime, and learning a new trade (web development) with my spare hours almost every night for 18 months.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Tractor Beams. And, eating chips and salsa when my wife leaves the house. I don’t know why I do it but, seriously, I can clear out 2 jars. And, apparently, responding to these with the correct amount of things.

What is your greatest fear?
Being trapped in a car underwater with worms and people chewing loudly. And it’s hot.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Copenhagen. The culture is cold (which I love because I’m an introvert), yet kind. The weather is also cold. The architecture is beautiful. They know how to make incredible treats. Bikes are everywhere and the air is clean because of it. I just couldn’t be more in line with a culture and city than that of Copenhagen.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Robot housekeepers! I’m thinking Codsworth from Fallout 4! We don’t need more cars; we need better, green public transport. And moon cities would be cool but just not practical. There’s no atmosphere. There’s no soil. I don’t see a justified purpose unless population density on Earth becomes a terrible issue; but, I don’t think it will be an issue maybe ever.