Spotlight on: Benjamin McMahon

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Benjamin is a Cloud Engineer at Kitestring.

Tell us how you started down a technology career path. Who Influenced you? My math teachers gave me early engagement, and the my tool of choice was the TI-83 graphing calculator. I got my first computer at age 10 -- my mom said I could choose between a computer or a trip to Japan. I chose the Power Mac all those years ago, but I'm already planning for my trip to Japan next year!

Why did you choose a technology career? Like some other people I know, I feel like technology chose me. It was always easy for me to understand. When it dawned on me that it was an advantage for my career, I started exploring opportunities.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work hours?

I enjoy biking, calligraphy -- I attend a Bentonville meetup for people that want to learn, like me. I also have gotten into gardening – I’m growing okra, basil, and jalapeños right now.

What is your favorite part about living and working in NWA?

There are so many great things about NWA outdoors, like wildlife and fresh air, though I don't hunt or fish. My favorite part about NWA are the pine trees. I enjoy riding my bike, but I'm not a mountain-biker -- I have a tall bike.

What is one of your greatest accomplishments while working at Kitestring? I was excited to start the Google Development Group. Coming here, recognizing a void, and working with the community to fill it has been inspiring to me. Also, another great accomplishment while working at Kitestring has been convincing a colleague to try typing with Dvorak keyboard layout. Making the choice to abandon QWERTY was a memorable event in my past which has become a defining characteristic, and one I think everyone should consider.

What are some future goals that you have? I have always enjoyed my independence. My moonshot idea is ergonomics: I want to fix, improve, and change the way that people interact with computers. I'm excited about the small changes we can make to efficiencies, removing waste and leaving behind value.

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