Raven hires three new ones

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Raven hires three new ones

27 people. That’s how many people work full-time to keep Raven working, improving and innovating.

I haven’t been at Raven the longest—that honor belongs to our co-founders—or even the second-longest—that would be developer Jason Tan. But since I joined Raven two years ago, our staff has nearly tripled. We’ve grown our User Experience team, our Development team and our Marketing team.

Last month, we gathered one person from each of those teams to form a new Product team, led by Chief Product Officer Jon Henshaw. Working with Jon are product coordinator Alison Groves, developer Greg Jones and UI director Jeff Crump.

Today we announce our three most recent hires. As usual, they’ve selected a few questions from the Vanity Fair Proust questionnaire so you’ll get to know them a little better. Feel free to email them a nice welcome or connect with them online.

Nathan Johnson, the Musician

Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as a Developer. Nathan has more than 12 years of development experience. He previously served as a software engineer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

  1. What do you most value in your friends?
    Loyalty. Good sense of humor. Access to a pickup truck.
  2. What is your favorite journey?
    Either Escape or Frontiers, though sometimes I go back and listen to the early stuff like Infinity.
  3. What is your most treasured possession?
    Probably my Wurlitzer 200a.
  4. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
    “That being said.”
  5. Which talent would you most like to have?
    I wish I could play the cello.
  6. What is your favorite occupation?
    French.
  7. Who are your favorite writers?
    Robert Anton Wilson, James Joyce, John Steinbeck, lots of pulpy fiction writers.
  8. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
    Hagbard Celine.
  9. Who are your heroes in real life?
    Noam Chomsky.
  10. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    I would come back as me, but with more money.

Contact Nathan

Email: nathan@raventools.com

Seth Steele, the Cinematic Auteur

Seth Steele
Seth Steele

Seth Steele has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as a Developer. Seth has more than 10 years of web development experience. He previously served as a software consultant for Conexess Group.

  1. Who are your favorite writers?
    Bret Easton Ellis and HP Lovecraft.
  2. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
    Sailor Ripley.
  3. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
    “Brutal” is my go-to adjective.
  4. Which living person do you most admire?
    Anna Karina.
  5. What is your most treasured possession?
    My Tom Waits record collection.
  6. Who are your heroes in real life?
    John Cassavetes.
  7. Which living person do you most despise?
    Uwe Boll.
  8. What is your greatest extravagance?
    Movies. I spend way too much on movies.
  9. What is your greatest regret?
    Letting myself get outbid on a gorgeous 35mm print of Death Wish 3.
  10. Where would you like to live?
    Love Nashville. Other than that… maybe Austin.

Contact Seth

Email: seth@raventools.com
LinkedIn: Seth Steele

Jeremy Rivera, the Wayfarer

Jeremy Rivera
Jeremy Rivera

Jeremy Rivera has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as Product Marketing Manager. Jeremy has more than eight years of online marketing, SEO and Product Management experience. He previously served as a Product Manager at Homes.com.

  1. What is your greatest fear?
    Either the coming battle between robots and humans, or the zombie uprising… I can’t decide which is more frightening.
  2. What is your most treasured possession?
    The boots my grandfather wore in World War 2.
  3. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
    “Actually.” I actually seem to use this phrase quite often to spring off on informational tangents.
  4. What or who are the greatest loves of your life?
    My beautiful, talented wife, my ugly smelly Pug/Boston Terrier/Chihuahua (Chuggston Terrier) Tabitha, and my handsome Russian Blue cat R2D2.
  5. When and where were you happiest?
    Standing in the zen garden at the Mission Inn at Riverside, California, getting married.
  6. What is your current state of mind?
    Incredibly optimistic and enthusiastic!
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    I would have an extra arm, like Zaphod Beeblebrox of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
  8. What is your most marked characteristic?
    My signature Wayfarer glasses, that I really can’t see without.
  9. Who are your favorite writers?
    I love the writings of Neil Gaiman, who crafts worlds of fantasy like no other, Neal Stephenson, who brings a depth of technology and information to his fiction, and Robert Heinlein, who introduced me to quality science fiction.
  10. What is your motto?
    “The less one makes declarative statements, the less likely one is to be made foolish in retrospect.”—Quentin Tarantino

Contact Jeremy

Email: jeremy@raventools.com
Twitter: RavenJeremy
LinkedIn: Jeremy Rivera

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Arienne Holland is the Director of Marketing and Customer Experience at Raven. She divides her time between outreach, writing, teaching and understanding developers. Before Raven, Arienne spent more than a decade as an editor and graphic designer for Gannett. She was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for team breaking news journalism. She likes bread, books and bourbon.

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