Meet The Team: Mark Crispo, Full Stack Developer

CoLab Team

March 25, 2022


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Tell us a little about yourself, Mark!

Hmm… I’m an electrical engineering graduate turned software developer, originally from Ottawa but currently living in Halifax where I graduated from university. Pre-Covid, I spent my free time working out, reading, and occasional visits to the bar on the weekend. Post-Covid… let’s just say the list also includes long YouTube video essays and too much time on Twitter.

How did you first get into development?

As the child of two physiotherapists, I was a bit of a latecomer to the tech scene and only got started coding in my second year of engineering. Looking back, the first sign that I was meant to get into coding (which I of course ignored) was that I started actually looking forward to my C++ assignments amidst the rest of the engineering course material. Naturally it took another few years before I made the call to switch career paths, but looking back on it, it’s the best decision I ever made. I’m now one of those weirdos who would do their job for fun—I find there’s nothing more satisfying than spending a few hours (or days) obsessed with a challenging problem and gradually putting the pieces together.

Why did you first join CoLab and what are you most excited about?

I first heard about CoLab through one of my best friends who’s been at the company since nearly the beginning. I joined because I’ve experienced firsthand the extent to which certain industries are stuck in the past due to a lack of modern tools for collaboration, so it was a tough opportunity to pass up! I’m most excited for our potential to have an immensely outsized impact by increasing the efficiency of engineering teams worldwide.

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

This one’s tough. Since my human needs arguably don’t include an internet connection, I think the best strategy is to optimize for offline entertainment value, so my two picks are:

  • A piano (entertainment value is pretty much infinite)
  • A fully loaded Kindle (which can hold up to 1,000 books according to Google). Genre picks: sci-fi, fantasy, psychology, history, and the classics that I missed in English class.

March 25, 2022

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