Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Richard Spencer. I’ve been a software developer for over 8 years. I’m currently a Senior Developer at MealViewer, a startup that was acquired by a multi-billion company about a year ago. I was the first developer hired at MealViewer which gave me the rare opportunity to work side by side with one of the co-founders as well as the ability to choose the platforms, languages, and technologies used to create future products in the company. That forced me to become a better developer, learner, and communicator and I’ll be forever grateful for that opportunity.
One interesting thing about me was that I was one of the best tuba players in Augusta from 2007-2009 in high school. I would say I was the best but I’m one of the most humble tuba players as well, lol.
What are your best technical or creative skills?
Overall, I think my best asset is learning. I’m an eager learner who loves to learn new languages, techniques, and best practices and share my knowledge.
Why the interest in the technology field?
Good question. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated with technology. I think it started with my extreme interest in video games at an early age. I remember reading about this thing called the internet and then using for the first time at Fort Discovery. I always thought that technology was magic and that drove me to learn how to create that magic.
How do you stay informed on emerging trends?
Twitter, for following the major contributors and conferences helps me understand what the current hot trends are and what’s on the horizon. Quora too. I don’t visit the site often, but I get good emails from the site about tech trends.
What’s next on your list to learn?
What questions should we have asked, but didn’t?
Who’s your favorite basketball player of all time? Kobe Bryant
What’s your favorite video game system of all time? Super Nintendo
When you retire, what city would you want to live in? Tokyo or San Diego