What is your job at Dailybreak?
I'm a designer and front-end developer. I spend my days laying out the Dailybreak UI and then code it up using HTML & CSS. I get to envision something and then make it a reality.
What brought you to Dailybreak?
My brother Jared Stenquist founded Dailybreak in his college days attending UMass Amherst. From the very beginning of the company I was involved heavily in its promotion and success on my campus. I spent countless hours flyering and spreading the word about the website. After graduating, there was nothing I wanted to do more than continue my work. It came natural given that Jared and I had started other businesses in the past, some of which include a wildly sucessful lemonade/soda stand and a mobile DJ business.
Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?
There are so many good ones from the early days in the company. I particularly enjoyed something we called "Intern Friday," where all 50+ of our intern force would come to the Amherst office and enjoy party pizzas while crushing data entry. Greasy keyboards and good music were very common.
What does the typical day look like for you?
I stroll into the office on most days with an almond croissant and iced coffee from the local cafe. Check email, update my todo list and begin the day's work. I spend half my day in photoshop and the other half in a text-editor.
Why do you come to work in the morning?
I love everything about my job. So many people are unhappy with their employment and I feel fortunate to have such a great opportunity at a growing company.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
With dedication and drive you can teach yourself anything. I started at Dailybreak in sales and now I'm a designer/developer. If you want something, go and get it.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in pursuing a similar line of work?
Use the abundance of information on the internet to your advantage. There are thousands of people who donate hours of their time to share their knowledge on design and development. Soak up as much information as you can. Knowledge is power.
What is the best part of working at Dailybreak?
The layed back but professional atmosphere. When it's time to focus, we're unstoppable. When it's time to unwind and enjoy some social time we're pretty darn good at that too.
What's the coolest thing you've accomplished thus far working at Dailybreak?
I designed and developed the entire front-end of the site. Every button, font color and shadow were decisions I made. Knowing that thousands of students are interacting with a product that I built is a great feeling.