What’s a Chief World Changer? An Omaze employee who goes above and beyond their daily work and embodies our company virtues (We Before Me, Grow Together, Take Ownership, Dream Giant, and Spread Joy).
Meet Jordan. He’s our Associate Engineering Manager and was nominated by his peers across the company to be recognized as Chief World Changer! Jordan’s been at Omaze for almost three years, and in that time he’s been a leader on multiple cross-functional projects helping the engineering team grow. He’s known for making himself available to anyone that needs help and takes each instance as an opportunity to learn something himself.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
The most rewarding part of being a software engineer at Omaze is having a positive, real-world impact with the software systems we build. As a manager, my focus has shifted to supporting engineers, and the most gratifying part of this job is helping engineers take on new challenges and grow into new roles.
Which Omaze core virtue means the most to you?
One of the nice things about our virtues is that they feed into each other. You can’t “dream giant” if you’re not willing to put “we before me.” I would probably go with “we before me” because a team effort pays dividends that a solo effort can’t.
What cause are you passionate about and why?
The world is a vast and deeply interdependent system. It’s hard to say there’s a single cause to prioritize over others. Being forced to choose, I think I would have to pick environmental causes in general. I have a pretty deep obsession with nature documentaries and there’s something satisfying about understanding the natural systems our lives are built on.
What was your first job?
Technically, computer repair, back in the 90s, “working” for my dad. Some of my earliest memories are of assembling beige PC towers and installing DOS from 7″ floppy disks.
My first real job was at Blockbuster Video. While the store may be gone, my memories of customers arguing with us about late fees will stay with me for the rest of my life.
What’s one food you couldn’t live without?
Chilaquiles is the only correct answer to this question.
And finally, what’s your dream Omaze experience?
This is a very difficult question to answer. The first thing that comes to mind is that, within my lifetime, it may be possible to go to Mars. Maybe Omaze can start offering Mars trips in 2050?