Team

Welcome, Wes!

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What drew you to join Cortico? 

W: I had for a while a latent interest in journalism, but I didn't really acknowledge it until a few years ago. A lot of Cortico's work surrounds the sharing and divisiveness of media. That sounds paradoxical somehow, that we're sharing more and more on social media, but for some reason society is more divided now than before. I think that we've been cursed, as the saying goes, to be alive at such an interesting time, and Cortico is one of the few outfits that has a shot at understanding the state of social discourse.

Which song will be your first add to the team's music playlist? 

W: The Old Westside by The Tillers

What do you like most about being a Software Engineer? 

W: The sound of my own typing.

Welcome, Peter!

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What drew you to join Cortico? 

P: When I first heard about Cortico's mission I was really inspired since it seemed like a very real problem worth working on today. To be able to have an impact on reducing divisiveness in the world is something I would love to achieve. After meeting some of the team during the interview process, I was convinced that these were people that actually had the capability to do so and I didn't want to miss an opportunity to work and learn from them. 

Which song will be your first add to the team's music playlist? 

P:  It's tough to choose a first song, but I'm going to go with Weird Fishes by Radiohead. This song is on one of my favorite albums, In Rainbows, and just continuously surprises with new layers of beauty as it goes on. Plus who doesn't like the terms "weird fishes"? Can't take things too seriously all the time.

What do you like most about being a Design Technologist? 

P: I love my job. I get to do a balance of design work and development of products which is really satisfying. Being able to split time between engineering, designing interfaces, and discussing potential future products and directions for Cortico makes each day new and interesting. It's all the more fun since the people I get to work with have such interesting and varied opinions on everything being made-- never a dull moment.

Welcome, Doug!

Per new tradition, Doug sits down with the team for our inaugural 3 question introductory interview. Welcome aboard, we're thrilled you're here! 

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What drew you to join Cortico? 

D: Cortico is at the intersection of so many things that I care about -- large-scale data analysis, natural language processing, and journalism, to name a few -- and it focuses these powers on a vital social mission.  It also gives me the chance to learn from people across many disciplines, not just the software engineers and computer scientists I'm used to working with (not that there's anything wrong with us!).

Which song will be your first add to the team's music playlist? 

D: Hard to choose.  My most recently played songs are "Free Man in Paris" by Joni Mitchell and "Room Where it Happens" from the Hamilton cast album, both great songs, so I'll probably play those.

What do you like most about being a Software Engineer? 

D: I like building tools that expose new information to people, whether it's about words or news.  That moment when a complex data pipeline comes together and you start to see the first insight from it is really special.