Our March Member of the Month is Matt Kime! Matt has been a member for two years and is always quick to welcome new members, and help them get acclimated to the community at 100state.
What motivates you?
I love following my curiosity but it can be challenging to justify that professionally as a software engineer. Making an impact on the product and my team is a daily goal.
Why do you work out of a coworking space? And more importantly, why 100state?
I moved from Brooklyn, NY to Madison in the spring of 2017. My wife and I had grown tired of nyc and our apartment was shrinking after the birth of our first son. My job allowed me to work remotely and provided a point of stability through a big transition. Having a place to work outside my home is necessary for me to maintain focus. 100state suits my sensibilities – formal enough to get work done (but not stuffy), people are friendly and interesting, often engaged in a creative endeavor of some sort. Also, the bike parking and showers are beautiful. We’re a single car family so cycling is my primary means of transportation.
Who do you look at as a role model and why?
I think it’s been some time since I’ve thought about having a role model. I’m self taught as a software engineer so I feel like I’m several levels deep in making it up as I go along. I’m more preoccupied with being a good role model to my sons, Neil (3 1/2) and Leif (5 months). Currently that means modeling the correct emotional tone when challenged by tiny developing humans.
What is your favorite 100state memory?
I lost my job in December 2017. I had been with the company for five years and while it often drove me crazy, I was emotionally engaged with it and loved the people I worked with. I was crushed and felt lost. I went to the 100state holiday party a week later. I had drinks with my fellow 100staters and by the end of the evening my professional anxieties dissipated. It was wonderful.
When you’re not at 100state, where can you be found?
Going on adventures with my wife and two boys.