The Zeeto Spotlight series features one employee every month and provides a glimpse into our lives outside the office.
“Reaching your goals. I think that definition makes more sense the more you think about it.“ – Alex Egan on how he defines success.
Name: Alex Egan
Position: Lead Data Analyst
Time at Zeeto: 2+ years
Do you have a hidden talent?
I can make an elephant noise. It gets mixed reviews.
When I am not at work you can find me….
A bunch of places — the gym, hiking, playing softball or soccer, grabbing a beer at a brewery, or playing video games. There really isn’t one activity that dominates my free time.
What is the most important thing you have learned during your time at Zeeto?
It doesn’t always make sense to solve a problem perfectly. Sometimes, making the best use of your time means that an imperfect solution is the optimal solution.
Where is your favorite place to be?
Disneyland. I don’t usually associate my happiness with places. Usually, I associate my happiness with people. Disneyland is the exception.
What are your 3 most overused words/phrases?
- “Like” – I have the speech patterns of a valley girl
- “The worst” – used to describe any inconvenience, mild or severe
- “Let’s say” – any attempt to explain something usually begins with these two words.
Tell us two things most people don’t know about you.
- I sang in choir all 4 years of high school and in a student-run choir in college
- I played Division III college soccer at Vassar College
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
I’m tempted to say “the internet,” but that is really a vast collection of innovations molded together. So, I’ll choose a slightly more focused set of innovations which is our ability to compactly store information. Big data already plays a large role in the things we see online and it will only play a larger role in our daily lives in years to come. Without compact storage, big data would already be dead in the water.
What are you most passionate about?
Honesty. Life is full of relationships. Relationships require trust and trust requires honesty. I do my best to give others the best representation of the truth I can and I expect the same in return. This is especially true as a data analyst where it can be tempting to present a misleading story with the data.
What inspires you?
My mom inspires me. She raised my brother and me, alone, for most of our lives, and I still can’t wrap my head around how she managed that. She is one of the kindest, wisest, and understanding people I know. Also, she does powerlifting and holds an American record in the squat.