Employee Spotlight: Chris Jewell, Senior Software Engineer

Author:
Dean Stephens
Date:
May 17, 2016

At Talix, we truly believe that our employees are the heart and soul of the company. Their diverse backgrounds, unique personalities and array of skills are part of what make Talix a fun, challenging and engaging place to work. We’re pretty proud of the people who work here, and we think one of the best ways to get to know Talix is through their stories.

So, today we’re kicking off an interview series that will spotlight employees in various roles across the company, where we ask them to tell us a little more about themselves and what gets them excited to come to work every day.

First up is Chris Jewell, senior software engineer on our Informatics team. Chris has been at Talix for 13 months.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far at Talix?

I’ve developed several significant new applications, including the new Taxonomy API and the Genentech Import that are built around taxonomy integration using up-to-date software architectures, technologies and build/deploy mechanisms that were not previously being used at Talix.

What two things would you tell someone who’s interested in joining Talix about working here?

First, if you want to work on interesting and complex domains that demand innovative technologies such as NLP, this is the place to be. Second, there’s lots of promise as far as company growth at Talix. Plus you’d get to work with smart people every day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?

Drive open-top to the beach and hike.

Best vacation?

One of the best was when my wife and I took a cruise around the Caribbean with five other couples in a sailing ship: snorkeling, turtle-watching, sunbathing, rum, barbecues, sailing: just perfect!

Biggest pet peeve?

People who don’t pay attention to the road, their turn signals, or their surroundings when driving!

If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. I think each of them would be able to teach me a lot about how to gain some inner strength and wisdom.

Dean Stephens is the CEO of Talix.
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