Director of Engineering
Jay originally started out working on the hardware side of computers before eventually migrating over to software, giving him a uniquely comprehensive understanding of technology. A Magento® expert, Jay is a skilled developer.
An Iowa native, Jay has recently moved to Kansas City with his family. When he’s not coding, you can find Jay golfing, tinkering with his 3D printer, or maintaining his title of ping pong champion.
What You Need to Know About Jay Becker
Where did you grow up?
Le Mars, Iowa. It has the dubious claim of being the ice cream capital of the world–awhile back they actually petitioned for legislation to give them the title.
What influenced you to pursue web development?
It kind of just happened. My parents got our first computer when I was young, an Apple IIGS; my parents used for work, we kids primarily used it for playing games. Since then we’ve always had computers around and I was always tinkering with them.
I started seriously experimenting with web development in high school and college, but my first few jobs centered around hardware. I had an opportunity to switch over to web development full time at a previous job, and have stuck with it since then.
Where can you be found when you’re not managing projects?
I’m very competitive and have fun playing most games, whether that’s sports, board games, or video games. Even if (or perhaps especially when) competing with only myself.
I also have a 3D printer that I’ve been making doodads with. I like making things in general, which is on-par with my interest in webdev. I just designed and printed a replacement visor clip for our van, it reminds me a bit of webdev where you can write the code and see it in action right away.
What do you recommend to visitors of your corner of the world?
There’s a lot to do in Kansas City, and we’re fairly new to the city. There is a lot of history in the area as many settlers passed through on their way out west, so there are quite a few interesting museums and historical places. For any visit to the midwest in general you need to come in the summer time and get some fresh sweet corn from a roadside stand. It’s just not the same as what you get in the store, and served best loaded up with butter, salt, and pepper.
What’s a goal of yours?
I love snowboarding, and I’ve always wanted to snowboard in the Alps. On the other end of the weather spectrum I’d also like to spend some time living on a houseboat somewhere warm like the Caribbean, someday.
Are there any projects–developing companies, open-source communities, new tech–that you’re interested in at the moment?
3D printing is, of course, interesting to me. Recently a few patents expired and since then 3D printing has become more affordable to the consumer. This also means that there’s a lot of people that are finding new ways to use 3D printing and improve upon it.
I’m also keeping an eye on Virtual Reality technology, but haven’t taken the leap to try it out yet. I’ll let others work out the first generation bugs, then I’ll probably make the leap.
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