Getting to Know Nathan Putnam

getting-to-know-nathan-putnam

Title: Web Developer
Here since: September 2016

What do you do at SKAR?
I am responsible for all of the websites we create and manage for our clients.

In a non-boring way, describe your career path journey.
I worked for a startup in Seattle and a ski company in Denver managing the warehouse and logistics for both. After getting nauseated from the repetitive spinning motion of wrapping pallets with plastic wrap, I decided that life in a warehouse was not for me. I went to a full-time web development “bootcamp,” freelanced for a while and then found SKAR once my wife and I decided to move to Omaha.

What do you do in your spare time?
I hike, ski and make attempts at building furniture.

What movie could you watch 100 times?
“Kingdom of Heaven.”

What really pisses you off?
Car maintenance.

Name a moment in your life that you’d rather forget.
While I’m on the subject of cars, one time my car broke down on the interstate while going to the airport at 4 a.m. … with my entire family. We had decided to use my car for the trip because there was more space in the trunk. The car’s alternator went out, which led to complete electrical failure. The engine shut off and all the lights on the car went out. Coasting down the interstate in the dark, with no headlights, is not recommended.

What does it take to be successful in the digital world?
Embracing change. Every day the technology used in the digital world is changing and you have to be constantly curious and excited about how it is changing.

What is your biggest fear?
The fear that every millennial has … nomophobia.

What do you like about living in Omaha?
It’s unpretentious. I come from spending time in Seattle and Denver. In Seattle, if you had a cup of coffee in your hand that wasn’t shade-grown and poured at exactly 180 F through an AeroPress, people would consider slapping it out of your hand. In Denver, it was a common sight to see a Tesla sports car outfitted with a roof rack and skis.

If you could meet any person, past or present, who would it be?
Thomas Edison. Hopefully I could glean from him how one person could be responsible for so many life-changing inventions.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Do homemade fireworks count as a toy?

What is your favorite app?
Spotify.

Why advertising?
A product or service will never be successful if the customer doesn’t know about it.

Name someone you admire.
Pope Francis. Positive news headlines are rare, and ones that are about a religious leader are even rarer. He bucks the trend. Plus I do not think there is anyone else in the world that can put down both nightclub bouncer and pope on a resume.

Name something about yourself that people might say, “Huh, that’s mildly interesting.”
I was 12 miles into a hike alone in Washington State when I was charged by a large male mountain goat. I was recording the incident on my GoPro. The video starts with me making jokes about the large goat walking toward me and abruptly ends with the sound of panicked running and erratic views of the ground and sky from the bouncing camera. The goat was finally dissuaded from goring me with its horns after I threw a large rock at it. No animals, and luckily no humans, were harmed in the making of the video.