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Getting to Know: Andrew Kaslick

Rebecca Riddle
03.28.16
Getting to Know: Andrew Kaslick
Rebecca Riddle
03.28.16

Our team members are what make us who we are. In this series of blog posts, we want our readers get to know them as well as we do. From what they do inside and outside of the office, to their tastes in TV and music, these posts are a chance to learn about about what makes our employees who they are.

Meet Andrew—developer, New York native, and Vector veteran.

From his college days with Co-Founder Matt Weinberg, to his current position at Vector, Andrew has been with the team from the start. As an employee who has watched Vector grow and develop into the company it is today, Andrew is the perfect candidate to be profiled first for our blog.


I sat down with Andrew to ask him a few key questions:

Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born and raised here in New York City, on the Upper East Side.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I attended New York University, where I was a pre-med student. I majored in biology and minored in computer science and math.

Q: How did you start working at Vector?

A: One of the Co-Founders, Matt Weinberg, and I were college friends. We met freshman year. Post-graduation I was trying to figure out if medicine was the field I wanted to pursue or not. I took some additional classes in the computer science field, and then when Matt asked me to join him and his partner, Co-Founder Lee Goldberg, at their newly created company, I became Vector’s first employee.

Q: What is your role at Vector and how has that role developed during your time here?

A: I work as a back-end developer. I build sites using PHP and ExpressionEngine. I also work on adding to site functionality and making sure sites are easy for our clients to use. Since I have been here, I have been a part of the company taking on larger and more involved projects, as well as working with bigger and more well known clients.

Q: Since you hold the title as employee with the longest tenure, what have you seen change about Vector as it has grown?


A: When I first started working at Vector, our office consisted of a single, tiny room in a shared workspace. There were no windows and it was just Matt, Lee and I. Over time, I moved with the company as it grew and outgrew several increasingly large office spaces.

Q: What is a typical day in the office look like?

A: A typical day starts with me coming in early to check my email and to do any prep work that needs to be done for the day. Then I go to our daily stand-up meeting, where the entire development team and our project managers meet to discuss what was accomplished on the previous day, as well as what our goals are for the day ahead. The rest of my day is filled with coding, meeting with clients, and taking calls. I always order my lunch from Lenny’s—I help keep that place in business. 

Q: If you were in charge of the office playlist, what would you have it include?

A: I try to stay away from that one, I have pretty eclectic taste. But no Bieber! Some people here seem to love that…

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: I think this is one is pretty obvious—Lenny’s. Maybe a pastrami on rye.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I’m really interested in photography. I like to explore the city and take pictures. City shots are my favorite. As a native New Yorker, looking at the city through a camera helps me see things in a new way.

( Check out Andrew’s impressive photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew-kaslick/. Below is one of Co-Founder Matt's personal favorites)

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Vector?

A: Free lunch. (Read: Lenny’s). And the great and talented team of people. We also have awesome clients, both big and small, and we get to work on a variety of projects.

Q: What are the most challenging things you work on at Vector?

A: Big projects with strict deadlines and short timelines. We have to make sure our clients are satisfied. It’s rewarding when the sites get launched though.We have an amazing project management team that helps us with this. 

Q: What is the last thing you binge-watched on Netflix?

A: The last thing I watched on Netflix was Daredevil. I’m excited about House of Cards returning too.

 

 

Photo by andrew.kaslick from Flickr

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