Member of the Band – Gorilla Pete Lyons

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!

Pete Lyons

Pete Lyons

With over 17 years of experience in software, Pete is one of Gorilla Logic’s talented, hardworking engineers. He spends his free time performing regularly in the brass band Gora Gora Orkestar and rock climbing several times a week with his girlfriend. Pete is currently working as an expert Node.JS engineer.  

Where’s your hometown?Cranford, NJ

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?Chiang Mai, Thailand

What is an underrated product that you believe deserves more attention?WorkFlowy: https://workflowy.com. Also, the original Palm Pilot was amazing. UI was always instantaneous and the battery lasted a month.

If you could perform on stage with one famous musician/group, who would it be and why?At the moment I’m crushing on March Fourth Marching Band and have seriously considered trying to audition and go on tour with them. I love their great mix of marching band, circus performance, danceable music, and general flare.

If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be?No thanks! Addicted to Wi-Fi. Kidding aside, I’d pick based on music, so maybe Vienna after 1850 or NYC jazz scene late 1950s.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?The actual TV I watch these days is pretty amazing so I don’t feel any guilt around having watched and re-watched Deadwood or Six Feet Under (HBO and NetFlix are making fantastic stuff). I’d say for guilty pleasure I’ve probably wasted too much time watching Key and Peele sketches on youtube.

What was one of the most rewarding leadership positions you have had?I led 2 major projects while working on the HP Server Automation product. These were really rewarding because they were long-term projects with fairly big teams shipping features that were “my babies” in that they were based on ideas or prototypes I had developed. It felt great to see a talented team of developers, QA, tech writers, product managers, sales, etc all come together to build and ship something.

Best advice when meeting with a client?Listen carefully. Take detailed notes. Ask open-ended questions. Try to get to the underlying “whys”.

Favorite tech blog/website/publication?I really like the content and taste that Assaf Arkin puts into his “Weekend Reading” series at https://labnotes.org/ . I only know Assaf via twitter and got to meet him in person this year in May over lunch which was fun.

To read more about Pete and stay in touch, check out his LinkedIn, Twitter or GitHub. Make sure to check out Pete’s blog post; Using Lambdas with Bluebird.map

Meet the Band Pete Lyons

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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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