For our most recent installment of our “Meet the RocketBuilder” series, we bring you Jason Ward, President. Jason lends his knowledge and diverse background of experiences, including his own technology startup, to help our clients make the best use of and scale their technology.
Q & A with Jason
Q: What is your role at RocketBuild?
A: President, which essentially means I do a little bit of everything from sales, to HR, to design. It’s a ton of fun!
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I love tabletop gaming—lots of traditional board/card games as well as new boutique titles. My favorite games right now are Elements and Muse. I also listen to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy audio books and numerous podcasts. I just finished the entire Neil Gaiman collection and am powering my way through a post-apocalyptic story called Sea of Rust.
Q: Who’s your favorite superhero?
A: Oh man. There are so many good ones. I was actually a comic book collector in the 90s, so that is where my heart is–the dark and emotional books of that time. I tend to like the tragically flawed heroes the best, like Incredible Hulk, Batman, and Spawn. If I had to pick one though, it would be the modern take on Captain America from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is a gentler version of the Cap from Marvel Ultimates. Good stuff, and who doesn’t like Chris Evans, seriously?
Q: What languages do you prefer to code in?
A: English. Maybe with a few errant html 4 tags just to annoy my team.
Q: If you had to stay up all night, what drinks and snacks would you need to keep you going?
A: Plain old coffee with Sweet & Low and some creamer. Food is secondary, but I’d probably go with beef jerky. Nothing would please my wife more than me showing up at 6 am with beef and coffee breath!
Q: What got you into your career?
A: Dumb luck, mostly. My work history is a tumultuous one. Honestly, I have to credit the folks at SmallBox back in 2012 for giving me a chance to switch from the nonprofit sector to the creative space. I never really felt at home in a large bureaucracy, but I have really enjoyed working in small companies with tight-knit teams. I am fortunate to have met Topher and for him to have been willing to hand me the reigns to his company.
Q: What’s your favorite type of project or client to work with?
A: I like the early stages of product design/development. There is so much energy and a lot of change. I thrive in that chaos.
Q: Fun Fact:
A: A hyena can apply more than 1100 PSI with its bite. That makes it only the 7th strongest bite in the animal kingdom.
A2: A fun fact about me is that I am also the founder of a local Indianapolis tech startup called Boardable. Boardable is a SaaS company founded to help boards of directors at nonprofits function more effectively and efficiently. The software is in its third year, and it has been a ton of success watching the company grow and thrive.