DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members.
Noah Ezekwugo graduated from University of Washington after studying Informatics with a specialization in information architecture. Previously, Noah worked as a software developer at Glowforge, a company focused on 3-D laser printers; he also founded and served as CTO at backerbird, a discovery and engagement platform for arts & culture nonprofits.
What excites you about joining the DataGrail team?
The need for privacy and autonomy over our data is greater than ever, and the world is finally starting to take notice with new legislation and a rapid culture shift toward users protecting their data. This industry is blowing up before our eyes, and I’m thrilled to work with DataGrail’s fantastic team to tackle it head-on.
What’s your role at DataGrail, and how do you see yourself growing over the next 2 years?
I’ll be contributing code across DataGrail’s platform to empower and delight our customers and users with reliability and efficiency. With such a unique problem to solve, I’m excited about the new skills I’ll develop to build a great product. Plus, I’m on a great team that’s full of extremely talented and intelligent people with a huge diversity of experience, so I’m sure I’ll pick up a thing or two outside of what I’d expect.
What has been your favorite project or challenge you’ve worked on in your career?
Starting a company from nothing is an incredibly enriching experience. I learned a ton — both personally and technically — and had a blast immersing myself in the world of art galleries, indie movie theaters, and musicals.
What made you want to work at a startup in San Francisco?
Startup blood pumps through my veins, and San Francisco is undeniably the place to be to dive into startup tech culture. It’s such a unique bubble that I’ve heard so much about (positive and negative), so I had to experience it first-hand.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Parkour, sleight of hand magic tricks, or playing the piano. I’ve tried to learn all of these before, but I wish I was actually good at any of them!
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’m a big fan of board games and play a handful of video games, too. I still love going to galleries and theaters, and I spent a sizeable chunk of last year producing a public access TV show.