The Zeeto Spotlight series features two new employees every month and provides a glimpse into our lives outside the office
“Really great products, whether it’s software or something tangible. Things that make you say, ‘what a great idea, I wish I had thought of that.’ My goal is to eventually be the guy that thought of that.” – Ben Daugherty on what inspires him.
Name: Ben Daugherty
Position: Product Manager
Time at Zeeto: 7 Months
If you could star in a movie, what would be your first choice?
Probably a James Bond movie, because I could never be that cool in real life. Not the Roger Moore era though, I can’t get down with the bell bottoms.
What were you like at age 10?
I was very competitive, and involved in lots of sports like swimming, baseball, and basketball. I don’t have time for sports anymore but I still really hate losing.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
I’ll say the iPhone. Prior to 2007 I had one of those brick phones that folded open with a full keyboard inside. You could only store 50 text messages on it and using the web was a terrible experience. Now I hardly use my laptop at home because my phone can pretty much do everything I need.
If you could be anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
I’m too accustomed to the modern conveniences to be anyone from too long ago. I’ll say Steve Jobs, he was in essence the ultimate product manager.
What is your greatest fear?
Spiders, I don’t care how big or small they are, I hate spiders. I used to have popcorn ceiling when I was a kid, and sometimes I would notice a spider hiding the in nooks above my bed. I’m in my 30’s now and that still haunts me.
What are two things most people don’t know about you?
- I take a cold shower every morning, who needs coffee when icy water can jolt you awake?
- I used to collect nutcrackers when I was a kid. I don’t know how or why I started, but somewhere in my parent’s attic is a box full of nutcrackers.
If you were an animal, what would it be?
Some type of a bat. I was obsessed with bats as a kid, I even joined Bat Conservation International when I was 12. I had a membership card and everything.
How do you define success?
Isn’t not failing the inherent definition of success? If you try to accomplish something, and you don’t totally blow it, then you’ve succeeded. How much you’ve succeeded is a different question.
Do you have a hobby that you’re passionate about?
I love movies, I’ll watch pretty much anything. My all time favorites are Star Wars, James Bond, and westerns.
What is the most important thing you have learned during your time at Zeeto?
I’ve learned the office is a constantly evolving organism. Everything is subject to change, from desk location to entire conference rooms.
When are you happiest?
My son just turned ten months old and is learning new stuff all the time. Nothing makes me happier than watching him learn to stand, babble, or eat solid foods.