The Zeeto Spotlight series features two new employees every month and provides a glimpse into our lives outside the office
“My interests have shifted over the years but the pursuit of truth and knowledge has been a longstanding endeavor. Interestingly as I get older it’s becoming more of an unstoppable obligation. Many regard philosophy as something crusty old professors do; I believe the opposite. Don’t let other people do your thinking for you.” – Tyler Winter on what he is most passionate about.
Name: Tyler Winter
Position: Senior DevOps Engineer
Time at Zeeto: 1+ years
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.
- I started working when I was very young. I also was a sixth grade camp cook where I would regularly cook for — and clean-up after— 300 people. And, at one time I was a pizza chef slinging and spinning pizza dough
- I can probably beat you, and your dad, at GoldenEye
- My real name
What inspires you?
Unorthodoxy. I like to surround myself with hardworking and talented individuals. I’ve noticed a trend among these successful people in that they tend to venture outside the bounds of prescribed opinion. I’m inspired by that.
If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
Root Cause Analysis: A computer engineer’s advice for troubleshooting tooth problems and autoimmune disease
Tell us something that might surprise us about your job?
It’s true what they say about fixing computers. If you come to me with a server problem, the first thing I do when you turn around is reboot the system and claim all the glory of magically fixing it.
Do you have a hobby that you’re passionate about? What is it?
Motorcycling is a hobby of mine. It’s been a part of my life since I can remember. My dad would drop me off at Kindergarten on the back of his Panhead hardtail. I’ve owned many different types of bikes over the years and I would have a museum of them if I could. I usually ride solo, and sometimes with a good friend of mine. I’m weary of riding in groups unless it’s my family. We’re experienced riders with a close bond. It’s one less thing to think about on the road.
Describe what you were like at age 10.
After growing up around computers, I finally received my first: a used Gateway 2000 with DOS/Windows 3.1. I had that pile for a week before convincing my dad that we needed to build our own. The best thing in the world was connecting two computers via a parallel cable to play Doom head-to-head with a friend. It’s funny: To be a PC gamer circa ’95 required a decent understanding of system administration, or rather, knowing when to reboot and how to reinstall your OS. I never thought it would lead to a career of rebooting computers.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’ve been known to craft leather goods: sandals, bags, etc. I’m not currently taking orders.
How do you define success?
“Success” sounds too… terminal, as if we’ve magically reached our perfect end-goal. “We’ve reached SUCCESS!” Okay, now what? It’s an ideal: something you’re always moving toward but not something you can actually reach. I think this keeps me from being lazy.
What is one thing you cannot live without?
Music! It’s easier than ever to discover a great band. For the sake of humanity, please go do that now.
What is the most important thing you have learned during your time at Zeeto?
How to concentrate on work amid a torrent of screaming flying monkeys and crazy office dogs.
You are happiest when?
On the bike with my wife hanging on for dear life.