My Name Is Tyler Knappe — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Tyler Knappe

The universe is vast. And I have always wanted to explore it. Art, business, philanthropy, astronomy — I am interested in it all. When it came time to enter college, I was interested in two distinct areas: creativity and problem-solving. Computer science and astronomy seemed like an ideal blend, so I chose both as a double major. Read more…

My Name Is Perry Hurtt — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Perry Hurtt WIJ

I wanted to do something exceptional. It started way back when I graduated from high school — I knew I wanted to go where I could help people and make a real impact. But growing up without a lot of money, college seemed like a stretch. So, I looked for another place where I could better myself and learn from others. Read more…

My Name Is Chris Swenson — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

chris swenson WIJ

It was my own personal robot. As a kid, I had a Kronoform transformer watch that went from timepiece to toy with a few twists and turns. Although the watch itself was pretty cool, I had more fun trying to understand how the parts came together. I would manipulate it from watch to robot over and over — trying to learn the logic behind the complex design. Read more…

My Name Is Justin Weiss — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

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I was three years old when my mom first brought home a computer for work. Back then, having a computer meant you also had to program it. As I got older, I wrote my own programs, mostly for games. I read instruction manuals on how to write your own software. I loved sharing that software with friends, changing each other’s code to make it better. Read more…

My Name Is Jennifer Fish — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Jennifer Fish WIJ

I was probably the only child who had a filing cabinet in her bedroom growing up. And most likely the only one who jotted down notes in her daily planner. You see, I love to plan. Everything I do, I set a plan for it and have done so for most of my life. I spent most of my childhood as a competitive gymnast, so there was plenty to keep track of. Read more…

My Name Is Greg White — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Greg White

I was 10 years old when I first played the bass. From that first note, I was hooked. I would get home from school and practice for hours. I would play well into the night (or at least until my family asked me to stop so they could get some sleep). Eventually, I found other musicians to play with, occasionally jamming at local venues — funk, jazz, rock, metal, you name it.   Read more…

My Name Is Bryan McCarty — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Bryan McCarty

When I was 15 years old, I became a bit obsessed with Jones Soda. If you are not familiar, it is a quirky beverage company that offers unique drink flavors in a cool glass bottle. But what really captivated me were the labels, which featured photos sent in by real-life customers. Though I could not articulate why at the time, I was inspired. Read more…

My Name Is Susie Boyer — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Susie Boyer Why I Joined Aha!

When I turned 30, I made it a goal to summit the highest point of the 48 contiguous U.S. states within the next 10 years. I celebrated achieving that goal (plus one) at the highest point in Hawaii, Mauna Kea, on my 40th birthday. As I write this, I am packing for a trip to Alaska. And while I do not plan to attempt Denali, I will feel an extra sense of accomplishment when I can say I have been to all 50 states. Read more…

My Name Is Jonathan Steel — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

jonathan steel why I joined Aha!

“A high-growth software company where I can stay close to the customer.” The hiring managers asked me what kind of company I saw myself working for and I gave this response. This was a number of years ago, before I joined Aha! The panel smiled knowingly before replying that those jobs simply do not exist — not everybody gets to work with customers. While that may be true in some organizations, I knew that it would never be true for me. Read more…

My Name Is Daniel Davis — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Daniel Davis Aha!

It started with hand-drawn comic books. Most starred my dogs, but the occasional space pirate made an appearance. Although I loved writing and drawing as a kid, as I got older, I found my aptitude for math pulling me towards the technical and pushing me further from the creative path. So in college, I pursued computer science — at first. Read more…

My Name Is Todd Meyer — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Todd Meyer Aha

For as long as I can remember, three questions have guided how I look at most things in the world. How does this work? Why do we do it this way? Could we do it better? As a kid, I spent hours taking apart electronics (small radios, flashlights, whatever could be disassembled with a screwdriver and determination) to learn how they worked, why they worked that way, and to see if my tinkering could make them better. Read more…