Faces Of Huddler: Ted Gill Friday 10 August, 2012
Five minutes of fame with our Co-Founder and CTO, Ted Gill.
There are a lot of things we like about coming to work at Huddler; great partners, insanely passionate users, and free lunch on Tuesdays spring to mind. That said, what really keeps us coming back for more are the people sitting right across the pod. Today, a brief intro to Ted Gill, CTO, co-founder, and deservedly reluctant tech support for summer interns still flummoxed by WordPress…
What do you do for Huddler?
I am co-founder and CTO. I’m responsible for the product and engineering teams at Huddler (thank goodness they make me look good).
Where did you grow up?
Just like my brother and co-founder Dan, I was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. We moved to the U.S. when we were young and were lucky enough to live various places throughout the country. I spent my high school and college years in Virginia, so it’s the area that feels most like “home.”
What’s your favorite thing about being a Huddler
The communities! We’re lucky to work with so many incredible sites. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it all.
What’s your first online memory?
My earliest memories are using a 2400 baud modem to connect to many BBS’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_board_system) throughout the DC area to play games and communicate with others users. BBS’s were the precursors to modern online communities…I’ve been actively involved since the very beginning.
How do you Huddle? What are your passions and hobbies outside of work?
I’m a bit of a gear head, I really enjoy cars and motorcycles (and really anything else that has an engine). My earliest motorcycles, sports cars and Jeeps were what caused me to be a regular on so many forums over the years.
I still play quite a few video games (on both PC and console) and enjoy that as well.
I also try to play golf as often as I can and have a lot of fun traveling, so I’m trying to find the time to take trips more frequently and see the world.”
What community do you wish was on the Huddler platform?
Tell us a success story you’ve shared with a site owner.
Late last year, MommySavers (http://www.mommysavers.com/) was the unfortunate victim of overseas hackers. Their servers and site were compromised allowing the hackers to hold the site and its content hostage.
Our team was able to fast track the site and get it converted and live on the Huddler platform in a matter of days, minimizing the impact of the security breach. I was incredibly proud of what the team was able to do on such short notice.