Monday is the day I get to feature an awesome member of CoWork Jax. This week, get to know Noel Wurst. I'm really hoping to try the BBQ sauce he brags about below ASAP. Yummmmm!
Company name & brief description of company:
Skytap, Seattle-based cloud computing provider. Skytap provides on-demand cloud-based development and test environments to help teams build better software faster. We recently unveiled an integration with Amazon Web Services where your dev/test environments can be done on the same infrastructure as your production sets.
Your role/job description:
I'm our company's content managing editor. I write our blog posts, maintain our social media channels, work closely with a handful of other partners, and help produce white papers, case studies, and interviews with software pros around the world.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Avid barbecue smoker
Are you from Jacksonville, if not where?
I am from Atlanta, Georgia. Graduated from the College of Charleston, and I love everything about living in Florida.
What's your favorite part about working in a coworking space in downtown Jacksonville?
I get sooooo much more done here than I do when working from home. I love the great views out the windows, lightning fast internet, and there's just a great mood/aura about the place. Working from home really isn't all it's cracked up to be. You get pretty lonely, and you often realize around 4pm you not only haven't showered, you also haven't changed out of the clothes you slept in.
Childhood dream job?
I have always wanted to be a writer. Always. I'm extremely lucky to have the job I have, to get to interview the people I get to speak with, and to write the amount that I'm asked to (and paid to!) write every single day. If I had to say any other job, I vaguely remember a time when I was maybe 10 years old when I wanted to be an NBA basketball referee for about 4 months.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
I'd really like to go to India sometime. Huge fan of Indian cooking, films, history, and culture. The area of Atlanta I moved here from was nicknamed "Little India" and I loved the grocery stores, the smells, the sari shops, and the farmer's market.
A favorite quote?
Oof. My favorite quotes tend to ebb and flow with whatever mood I happen to be in each day. I just ran through about 20 of my favorites in my head, but I probably fall back most often on William Butler Yeats' tombstone:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
Favorite place to grab lunch downtown?
Definitely a huge Chomp Chomp fan, but I also love the buffet at Juliette's inside the Omni hotel when I'm feeling upscale.
Any special talent?
I make a North Carolina style vinegar-based barbecue sauce that I would put up there with any sauce in the world. I've got about a gallon of it in my fridge at all times, and would be happy to bring some in for anyone that wants to try it!