Steve and dog friend Andy
Name: Steve Armstrong
Role at Linqia: Software Engineer
Describe what you do at Linqia (in just a sentence or two!):
I help build the technology that everyone else uses to connect communities to their best brands.
How long have you been working at Linqia and how did you get here?
I’ve been part of Linqia for 4 months, and I’m here from Canada by plane (to South Bay), automobile (to Fremont), and train (BART to the city.)
What is your favorite part about working at Linqia?
Being a nerd, I like the technical challenge of looking at communities, their audience, and any performance in previous campaigns, and trying to predict the perfect campaign match for them.
What are you most passionate about?
Computer programs and our software should be invisible. If engineering has done its job, our tech should work exactly how you expect it to work, so that you don’t even notice it being there.
What is something very few people know about you?
Anyone who’s seen me would know I wear a silverish pinky ring. Most don’t know why: Engineers in Canada are given the Iron Ring during a ceremony after graduation, that they should wear on the pinky finger of their working hand. The lore is that when the first Quebec Bridge collapsed due to bad design, killing 75 workers, one of the beams was melted down into rings for all engineers to remember their responsibility to diligence and professionalism. They keep diluting this so some fraction of every ring contains a part of that bridge as a reminder.
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Hiking (see photo) and video games, ideally in equal quantities to balance each other out.
What do you like the most about living in the Bay Area?
The microclimates. Back in Niagara Falls, you can drive for 8 hours with just a slight change in temperature. Here, 8 hours will take you from coastal rainforest, to temperate bay area, to mountains, to desert. How could anyone ever be bored in this place?
What is your favorite social media channel and why?
Google+ because it helps me manage different groups easier (share this post with Canada Friends group and Family group)