Staff Spotlight: Jason Sanford, Software Engineer

December 4, 2017 by Sam Puckett

Fulcrum is an awesome field data collection platform because of the amazing people behind it and we think you should get to know them!

Our last Staff Spotlight introduced you to our Product Support Manager, Alex. This month, we’d like you to meet Software Engineer Jason Sanford!

Staff Spotlight: Jason Sanford

Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into this industry.

I was born and raised near Charlotte, North Carolina, and I went to school at Appalachian State University. After taking a geography class to satisfy a science credit, I decided a major in geography with a concentration in geographic information systems (GIS) was right for me. After college, I worked for county government for about 5 years. I often found myself bored, so I started dabbling in web development. After that I held various software development roles at consultancies and web startups, and for the last almost-four years the coolest place, Spatial Networks!

What does your job entail?

I’m involved with various aspects of the Fulcrum platform. On any given day I might be fixing bugs, adding new features, helping out with customer support, or creating new bugs. I work mostly on the web app, so if you’ve interacted with the form builder, used the organization management tools, created layers, projects, etc., you’ve seen my work. I’ve also helped a little with our new editor, but Zac has done most of the work there.

I’m currently working on some new features to help our customers more easily visualize their data across multiple apps. I also maintain the language packages that help our customers use our API, like the Fulcrum JavaScript library and Fulcrum Python package.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Breakfast! It’s my favorite meal of the day. I’m a bacon-and-eggs kind of guy but I mix things up from time to time with an oatmeal, scrambled eggs and spinach combination. Since I work from home I’m usually on my laptop catching up on emails, Slack messages, and support requests while I’m fueling up for my day. Also, lots of coffee.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Hearing how our software helps our customers is great. At Fulcrum Live it was great to talk to, and hear from, many Fulcrum customers who shared their stories and experiences. As a software developer it’s easy to get into a plan -> prototype -> build -> ship cycle and become out of touch with how our customers benefit from what we build. Interfacing with our customers via support channels and in person really helps with that.

What’s something you’re excited about right now?

We’re in various phases of prototyping and building out some cool new features. For example, Fulcrum Desktop is an exciting development that will help a lot of our customers solve the issue of keeping local databases in sync with the data they’re collecting day-to-day with Fulcrum.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on some new features to allow viewing and querying multiple apps in the same editor view. We’ve also got some cool enterprise products on the roadmap that will satisfy a lot of our larger customers.

Jason Sanford and his sons

What do you do outside of work?

I’ve got two boys, 7 and 4, so on the weekends we’re usually staying busy playing outside, riding mountain bikes, or paddleboarding in the summer. I try to stay active and do some weightlifting, running or cycling most days after work.

We’ll be back in January to introduce you to another member of the Spatial Networks team. Want to come work with us? We’ve got big plans for 2018, and we’re looking for more ambitious and talented people to help us bring them to fruition! Check out our available positions!

Sam

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