We're taking you inside the 98point6 team with our "In the Hot Seat" series. These interviews give a glimpse of the dedicated people behind our product. In this edition, we sat down with Emanuel Zephir, one of our software developers. Read on for more about Emanuel.
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT 98POINT6?
I am a software developer and my main focus is mainly on building the Android mobile application. Prior to launching our mobile apps, I worked on the web app and will still help the web development team every now and again.
What initially drew you to working here?
I actually met Libby, one of our program managers, at a diversity conference. Libby and I had a really interesting conversation about diversity and how 98point6 as a company was forward-thinking in terms of technology. When Libby approached me later that day asking if I wanted to join the team, I jumped on the opportunity.
What is your favorite part about working here?
The people. We really have a great culture here. Our culture creates opportunities for personal development—I think that I have grown a lot as a person since joining 98point6. I'm free to experiment and learn, which is important when we're developing brand-new healthcare technology. Working with people who are always collaborative and supportive makes it safe to pursue new and creative solutions. Prior to 98point6, my career focus (and personal interests) centered mostly around technology. This new experience in the medical field is exciting and challenging for me. Being in this creative, forward-thinking environment is just incredible overall.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I think it would be fun to be a painter. In my current profession, I have some artistic expression, but there is also a lot of math and rigidness surrounding software development. Art can also have rules, but you have the ability to be crazy and free. I think I would really enjoy the creative freedom that comes with being a painter.
How do you stay healthy?
I exercise and eat moderately well. I am very fortunate to be relatively healthy overall without needing to watch what I eat and track how much I work out. On occasion, I do like to work out. I hike during the summers, and sometimes like to camp as well. I also love to cook.
I like to go to Kachess Lake; you head east on I-90 towards Snoqualmie. You can drive up to the campsite, which is about a ten minute drive up the mountain. There is also a nice three-hour hike at the lake. I prefer dispersed camping, which means I basically pitch a tent in the middle of nowhere instead of at a campsite.