Here at CellScope we have a weekly tradition called TTT (Teach The Team) where one person shares a hobby, skill, or interest with the rest of the team. So far there is no one that has surprised us more with their wide-ranging knowledge than Chris Fox, our iOS developer and first employee. One week it was a TTT on Storytelling through the Jurassic Park Movie, another week it was an impromptu TTT on “Everything You Need to Know about Mortgages.” We were very excited to interview Chris for this entry on Meet the CellScope Team!
CellScope (CS): Tell us a bit about your background before CellScope.
Chris Fox (CF): My career in tech started back in 1994 when the web was just beginning to take hold. Back then if you’d said Google people would have thought you were making baby talk. I slung code and ran servers for companies like AFC and Nokia until becoming a casualty in the dot com crash, and ended up working first in mortgage and then in finance. I kept my hand in writing apps and running IT, but always had my eye open for a way back into pure tech.
When the iPad came out I taught myself iOS and landed a gig creating an app called iConsult to help with patient education. That piqued my interest in the medical space, which led me to CellScope in 2012.
(CS): What inspires you to come to work everyday?
(CF): The answer is a tie. The first and greatest reason is the work. We’re doing something that has never been done and I love creating an app that will help improve people’s lives. The second is the team I work with. I know it’s cliché and everybody says that, but I’ve worked with a lot of teams at a lot of companies. CellScope is the finest I have ever had the privilege to be a part of.
(CS): What makes you most excited about CellScope’s future?
(CF): Over the next 12 months we’re going to see explosive growth. That will present a number of technical challenges, which I thrive on solving. We’ve already surpassed the 100,000 exam milestone. I can’t wait for a million.
(CS): What do you wish you’d had known 5 years ago that you know now.
(CF): I wish I’d put more effort into my writing. My first short story was published in 2004, but in 2005 I took a five year break. I’m about to publish my first novel, but if I’d started earlier I’d be much further along.
(CS): What do you enjoy most about working at CellScope?
(CF): Catered lunches and rising desks are great, but for me its the culture. Every last person here is passionate about what we do and that creates a powerful, energized atmosphere where we inspire each other to push our limits. It’s amazing. Besides, where else can you work and have your CEO do Kermit the Frog impressions?
(CS): What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
(CF): Writing is my passion outside work, both fiction and non-fiction. I also love to hike. I did Half-Dome for the first time last year and am always looking for the next challenge.
(CS): What would be your spirit animal?
(CF): With my name it’s not surprising. A fox!
(CS):What is your hidden talent?
(CF): I’m a powerlifter. I work out six days a week lifting more weight than any sane person should. Not something you expect from most geeks!
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