Meet Paul Mason – Our Lead Developer

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Paul has led the development of the Oomple platform since November 2017. Before joining Oomple, Paul worked as a Web Developer for a social media company/advertising agency. His interest in social media led him to also create YouTube videos for a few years. He brings a quirky, pun-filled sense of humour to the office, and works hard to figure out which features will best suit the needs of the platform users.

Favorite Feature on the Oomple Platform:

As a techie, I love the way the platform is designed. Built to be flexible, but consistent. Our ReactJS stack over Ruby on Rails makes development quick, easy and built to last.

Interesting Career Related Fact:

Geek & Sundry invited me to work with them as a vlogger. As a fan of shows like Table Top (with Wil Wheaton), I was crazy excited! It’s amazing what can happen when you least expect it.

Quote to Live by:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. —Ira Glass



Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.