Employee Spotlight: Flynn Murphy

February 19, 2016 Amelia Carpenter

Our Employee Spotlight series is an opportunity to get to know some of the Narrative Science employees, and as you get to know our team, you’ll learn more about Narrative Science and the reason that our customers cite 'our people' as one of the top reasons they choose to work with us.

This month, we spoke with Flynn Murphy, Solutions Architect.

How did you end up at Narrative Science? 

I majored in International Studies at the University of Chicago. At UChicago, I started writing for our two student newspapers. I had a lifestyle column in one and reported on student sports for the other. After graduation, I took a job with the Chicago Sun-Times’ affiliates covering suburban news. 

After my time as a reporter, I briefly did publicity for a mixed martial arts league before eventually attending the University of Arizona for my MBA. I moved back to Chicago and joined Morningstar, then heard about Narrative Science through a colleague. From my experience of writing reports at Morningstar, the idea of a technology that could help automate report-writing intrigued me. 

What’s the best part about working here?

It's tremendously satisfying to watch after our team has successfully deployed our technology for a client. The best part is seeing the reactions from clients in production after they receive their first reports nearly instantaneously and realize how immediate their return on investment will be. Second to that is our team banter and access to artisanal coffee.

How do you continually stay inspired in your work?

Our Advanced NLG platform, Quill, is a tremendous technology. It’s inspiring to think about what an impact we’re making. Also, there are some incredibly intelligent folks here - when we come together to solve client or platform issues, it’s pretty invigorating.     

What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

I can’t pick just one - it is a tie between the lakefront path, the Garfield Park Conservatory, and iO for improv comedy shows. 

Fun Fact?

I’m a seafaring American. I’ve successfully sailed several different types of sailboats around the country and have only accidentally sunk one in my lifetime. Which is, like...maybe more concerning than I first realized. 

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