Meet our Junior Engineer: David Bartholomew.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll look around your office right now and realize you’re surrounded by people who make you proud to show up to work every morning. For us, the lucky ones, you’ll look around and see a diverse group of minds all extremely talented, made cohesive through their passion to create.
This is the culture you reward. The one you foster. The one that fuels growth.
It’s for that very reason we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a man we look up to, whose tireless effort and quality of character make this company great.
There is no wrong way to hold a ferret.
It’s hard not to look up to David, who towers almost a full head over iMacs and everyone at an open bar.
Harder still not to look up to him if you’ve ever played a game of Star Craft, where he is ranked at the Mid-Masters level. Watching him play is astounding, his 140 APM is matched only by his mouth. A mouth that never stops talking trash. It becomes impossible not to look up and on in a stunned sense of wonder when he playfully completes a Rubik’s cube with the habitual ease that most people have when finding the light switch in their own darkened house.
Yet these are not the reasons we’ve come to cherish David’s membership as part of the Playground family. As a small company we need talent. We can only afford to take on incredible people who bring exceptional analytical or creative skill to the table. There are simply not enough desks here to support mediocrity, which is why as a partner I’ve had to relinquish my desk and work from the couch in the kitchen.
We’ve found a lot of great talent.
What makes David unique? Simply put his mind works in a unique way.
David won’t stop smiling.
When he arrived here as a computer system’s analyst with a desire to learn web development, he took on every task we could throw at him. He asked for guidance with a smile, found bugs grinning ear to ear, then programmed and polished everything with a smirk that can’t be denied. I’m proud to say that as I type this, I can hear him laughing with the dev team in the next room. It’s a flat room, it’s a team, and it’s a team because of the laughter, because the work is not easy but the smiles are.
This is the culture you reward.
The one you foster.
The one that fuels growth.