Member of the Band – Gorilla Shane McDermed

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today!

Shane McDermed

Shane is one of Gorilla Logic’s talented senior developers. He started working with us in 2014 while living in Boulder. In June of 2016 he gave up his apartment, and most of his belongings, to begin a 12 month trip around the world as a member of Remote Year.

Where’s your hometown? – Bend, Oregon. I’ve moved around a lot, but I spent the most time of my childhood there. I also think of Boulder, Colorado as my second hometown.

What’s your spirit animal? – The mountain goat. Bend and Boulder are nestled right near the mountains. I rock climb, hike, and camp in the summer and snowboard in the winter. Though I’m not nearly as majestic as mountain goats, I like to think I one day could be.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? – Switzerland. I spent a week there during college and have been dreaming of living there ever since.

Best advice you have received personally or professionally? – This is a difficult question really. I wouldn’t say there has been one specific piece of advice I can recall. There have been people in my life who have believed in me and supported me at certain times. Without people who cared for me and helped identify I have a knack for programming, I’d probably be on a very different career path.

What is an underrated product that you believe deserves more attention? – I’ve been using KeystoneJS as a CMS on a personal project. While it’s not as robust as WordPress or Drupal, it’s been amazingly simple to create a custom API for a smaller project. It’s geared toward developers and comes out of the box with many different content types. Since it’s also built with NodeJS, extending it with any module from the NPM registry makes it a powerful tool to get an API up and running quickly.

Something your LinkedIn profile couldn’t tell us? – Since LinkedIn requires you to have a specific location set as your hometown, I can’t easily let people know that I work remote. Working with Gorilla Logic and doing Remote Year has been a pretty big shift in lifestyle for me. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience so far and I’ve felt very creative.

Who are the biggest cheerleaders in your life? – My family has been the most supportive force in my life. Hey Mom!

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world? – You need to be a problem solver and enjoy doing that. You also need to be okay with not knowing the answer before you start and not get discouraged. I think it’s the people with these two qualities that progress the fastest in tech jobs. If you start second guessing your ability to do something, just because you don’t know the answer, you probably won’t even begin working on the problem.

To read more about Shane or contact him, check out his LinkedInTwitter

Natalie Fagundo

Natalie is an inbound certified Marketing Specialist at Gorilla Logic. She has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and French from Xavier University and Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati.

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