Meet Donnie Hyde

caribTitle: Senior Product Manager

Where were you born? New Orleans, Louisiana

New York or San Diego office? San Diego

Where do you live? Rancho Bernardo, CA

Where did you go to college? University of Colorado in Boulder

What was your major? Civil Engineering

How long have you worked at ScrollMotion? Three years

What brought you to ScrollMotion? I had just finished up developing a game for the iPhone, and I was looking for something new and was attracted by all the cool stuff that I saw ScrollMotion designing.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? I either wanted to be in technology or I wanted to be an architect.

What do you love most about working at ScrollMotion? I love the creative people I get to work with.

Where were you born? Brunswick, Maine

New York or San Diego office? San Diego

Where did you go for college? I actually didn’t go to a 4-year university, but I’ve attended a few community colleges. Before I joined the Marines, I studied carpentry at Central Maine Community College in Auborn, ME. I’ve also gone to Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA, and Palomar College in San Marcos, CA where I took all sorts of random classes including kinesiology, tennis, taekwondo, and Japanese.

How did you get into CSE and programming? I knew Michael and Paul Seltmann when they had their own business making iPhone games. I would hang out with them in their office to help with story ideas and do some creative writing. I wasn’t doing anything code-wise there but when Michael began working at ScrollMotion, he encouraged me to learn programming. He said I had a logical brain and suggested that I try to learn, so I spent the next couple of months learning Javascript before getting hired as well.

How long have you worked at ScrollMotion? A little over 5 years.

What do you like most about working at ScrollMotion? I like a lot of things but if I had to pick one, it would be the environment. Everybody fits together as a team. It’s fun to program with people who get along and are excited together.

What is your favorite thing about your career? The fact that I actually like it. I enjoy programming and problem-solving. It’s the best feeling when you finally solve a difficult problem.

Who was the last person that called or texted you? My

wedding-1What’s the first CD/album you bought? I’m pretty sure it was a gift, but my first album was the casette tape of “II” by Boys II Men.

What music are you currently listening to? I listen to primarily podcasts, one in particular is Comic Book Club. I also recommend Last Podcast on the Left and Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat.

What TV show are you currently watching? I’m getting my wife up-to-speed on Daredevil, so we can start season 2. I also love The Walking Dead and am eagerly anticipating Game of Thrones, season 6.

What movie makes you laugh the most? Deadpool was brilliant.

Who would you like to play you in a movie? If he were still alive, Chris Farley.

What is your spirit animal? A polar bear because I am thick like one and I prefer cold weather.

Do you like a nickname? In general, people call me Donnie as opposed to Donald which is my actual name. In the Marines, my call signs were Chief Wiggum and Pumba.

What is your favorite food? It changes day-to-day but a bacon cheeseburger is always a go-to.

What is your specialty cook? Baked macaroni and cheese.

What his your biggest pet peeve? Lack of attention to detail.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Superman powers. I don’t actually care for Superman, I think he is a boring character but he’s obviously the strongest superhero there is. Plus he flies. Or maybe Goku from Dragonball Z. I think he’d beat Superman.

What’s something at the top of your bucketlist? I would like to write and publish a comic book.

What makes you happiest? When I’m with the family and the kids are getting along.

Biggest threat to your productivity is… Reddit.

And you overcome that how? Well, programming is maybe only 40% actual hands-on-the-keyboard coding. The other 60% is complex problem-solving. I find personally that much of the thinking that I need to do happens in the background of my mind and doing other menial tasks is the best way to bring solutions forth from my brain. So Reddit actually helps me program! Some of my best solutions have come while surfing the net or watching TV! But during the times when Reddit is getting the best of me, I really just force myself to buckle down and get to working, closing the browser tab if I have to.

IMG_1515You unwind by… Doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What was the last book you read? “Vision Quest” by Terry Davis. I was a wrestler in high school and the film Vision Quest, about a wrestler named Louden Swain preparing for the biggest match of his life, was popular among my wrestling buddies. I was walking through the bookstore about a month or so ago and noticed a paperback on the shelf with the same name. It turns out that the movie I had watched so many times as a teen was based on a book. I bought it and read it that weekend. It’s a coming-of-age tale akin to “Catcher in the Rye,” just about a high school wrestler.

Of all the books you’ve read, the one book you recommend the most is… Stephen King is my favorite author, but “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton is probably the best book I have ever read.

What is your favorite app on your phone besides ScrollMotion? Youtube or Alien Blue.

What is the most important thing to remember in your work? Make sure your code is understandable. Complex code patterns don’t make you look smart or impress anybody. If others can’t quickly figure out what your code does, you should maybe do it differently.

If there was a SM talent show, what would your talent be? Grappling!

Want to join Donnie in his crusade to utilize the Power of Touch to transform the way companies do business? Check out our careers page and be sure to come back to our blog on Mondays to learn more about the amazing individuals that power ScrollMotion!

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What does being creative mean to you? It means everything to me; it’s life. It means exploring. It means discovery. It means adventure.


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