Employee Spotlight: Jack Crowe

May 26, 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 Jack Crowe, one of our software engineers.

How did you end up at Narrative Science?

I have a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign with a focus on Computational Physics. I first worked at Cerner in Kansas City before going to Syclo in Chicago that was eventually purchased by SAP.

I played on the same ultimate frisbee team as a friend who worked here (named Teapot Doom), and his brother helped found Narrative Science. After working at the Syclo acquisition for awhile, I expressed interest in moving jobs, and he connected me with the right people.

What’s the best part about working here?

The people and the friends I've made. I especially appreciate my solid, productive team - I haven't experienced a team like it, it’s pretty exciting. An article recently came out about building the perfect team – a lot of people mentioned how our team fit that description. It's pretty deluxe.

How do you continually stay inspired in your work?

I’ve never thought about it but I realize I look to others around me for inspiration. Some days it's difficult to keep going on the task at hand, so instead I'll switch gears and focus on helping the team be more productive. There's always something you can do that helps other peopleI like enabling other people and moving them along.

Seriously, when I see a cyclist sitting on the sidewalk, I'll turn around and ask, “Hey do you need a tube or is there a tool you need?" I want people to be like that - those are the people I really bond with.

What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

It's either the secret bike routes or the wind. I grew up in the windy Midwest and the wind is home to me. It's something not everyone can handle, but it gives me a more private city in the winter.

A lot of people don't go out when it's cold so it’s like you're part of a private club - the fast cuts you know about on these streets and little tiny paved roads that are empty that you're riding over. I go a lot of places year-round and don't stop moving - I ride my bike everywhere.

Fun Fact?

Hmmm, probably that I was in a ska band named The Skalalitabs. I played trumpet and trombone - it depended on the show. I also played euphonium, which is a low brass instrument that you could call a tenor tuba.

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