Meet Promoboxx’s new VP of Engineering, Alex Annese! We are so excited to welcome Alex to our team, and to get to know him better, we asked him a few questions. Check out his answers below!
I left college my sophomore year to take a job as a penetration tester for a computer security startup, Rapid7. The company was my first co-op while at Northeastern University, and my boss gave me an offer too good to refuse, so I dropped out (no more student loans to worry about).
Since then, I have worked for Yammer, Microsoft, Zenefits, and a few smaller, lesser known companies. I’ve primarily worked as a back end engineer, but over the past four years, I made the switch to management, which can feel very similar to programming in a few key ways.
I travel as much as I can and have a completely normal and healthy relationship with my love of beer. I’ve never been to Nashville, and I hope to fix that soon.
It’s rare that a startup is profitable. It’s even rarer that the opportunity before them is as large as what we have in front of us here at Promoboxx.
Looking deeper into Promoboxx’s tech stack and hiring, I was amazed that the company amassed such a talented and cohesive team, lacking the kinds of bad decision making that usually plagues early stage companies.
Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Awesome selection and customer service. A Massachusetts favorite.
Helicopter to get me the hell out of there, GPS to guide my way to the mainland, and beer for the ride back.
Do your best… Or… everything in moderation (including doing things in moderation).
Consistency in their voice across everything they do. Red Bull and Nike come to mind.
Going to Fenway Park with my mom and eating too many hot dogs.
Music: listening to it, poorly making it, and going to a lot of shows.