Name and title: Gavin Brown, Software Engineer, Mobile
Has been at IXL for: 10 months
Hometown and current city: Grew up in Bend, Ore. Currently lives in San Mateo, Calif.
Life at IXL
I taught English in Japan for two years, at three different elementary schools in the middle of nowhere [see photo, right]. Before that, I was in Honduras teaching English, but I got tired of the living conditions—for example, we had water every other day for four hours, and we weren’t sure what hours! The water came from the river so it was brown, and you’d pour bleach in there and use it for everything.
What do you do at IXL?
Most of my day is spent writing code for features for IXL’s mobile apps, and working on bug fixes. One of the projects I did was the scratchpad for the Android app, and right now I’m working on developing push notifications.
What do you like about working at IXL?
I like the work and the people I work with, which is always important. I also like the flexible work hours and laid-back environment.
Life beyond IXL
Is it true you grew up on a llama farm?
It was more of a “ranchette.” We had llamas because my dad really likes hiking. It’s difficult to take young children hiking for a long period of time—we would go for 1, 2, or 3 weeks, and that’s a lot of food and equipment to carry on your back, so we got llamas as pack animals and they would carry our gear for us.
I like rafting—I hope to go rafting at least five times this year, and I’m in the lottery to do the Colorado River. I’m into hiking [see photo, right] and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and I read an inordinate amount of trashy fantasy and science fiction. I like the good stuff too though; my favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.
Do you have a nickname?
Well, my middle name is Danger…my parents are special people!
Just for Fun
Let’s play “this or that”! Answer as quickly as you can:
- Dogs or cats? Dogs.
- Beach or snow? Beach.
- Early bird or night owl? Night owl, but I want to be an early bird!
- Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? Roller coaster
- Pizza or burrito? Burrito.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Carrots, tomatoes, spinach, cilantro, soy milk, tofu, BBQ sauce and all sorts of condiments, and sausage.
I’d be Genie from Aladdin, because he’s funny, he has awesome powers, and I love Robin Williams!