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Team Member Spotlight: Michael Dunn

Team Member Spotlight: Michael DunnName: Michael Dunn
Title: Chief Technology Officer

Favorite Food: My Mom’s Homemade Breakfast Strata
Favorite Drink: Thomas Kemper Ginger Ale
Smartphone Model: Nokia 1020 Black

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m from the Columbia River Gorge, a little town called The Dalles, an hour east of Portland, OR. Although you probably don’t remember, at one point in life you’ve probably tried really hard to get to my hometown only to die of dysentery shortly before arrival (getting to The Dalles was the objective of the original Oregon Trail game). Other than that, I’m a serial entrepreneur, blessed to have lived in some of the most beautiful places on earth, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Columbia River Gorge, Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front, and now Austin, Texas.

How long have you been at Adscend Media and what is your role at the company? I’ve been with the company for about six weeks. It feels like its been more like twice that long though (not because its been painful, quite the opposite 🙂 ). Its been a real pleasure, and quite a lot has already happened, and there’s much more in the works! We’ve added to our team, upgraded lots of our technology, we’re improving the way our company communicates internally, working on new products, and moving offices all at once. There is quite a bit of momentum at Adscend right now.

Are you able to explain to your friends and family what you do? No, never. When asked by friends, my wife always says, “computer stuff.”

What do you like most about working at Adscend? The people. Everybody always says “the people” in interviews like this, but the team here is amazing. I also like having the opportunity to help take Adscend technology to the next level. I’ve always been attracted to unique opportunities, and Adscend is a place where I can be a part of something special.

What are your favorite technology industry blogs? 24 ways is a web design and development blog with a development tilt, but it only runs for the first 24 days in December each year.

Which tech fad won’t be around in 2015? AngularJS is a popular web development framework. I believe that the learning curve required after mastering the basics will be its undoing. 2015 might be a little early, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the interest curve for it start to inflect downwards by then.

What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t working? Hang out with these two characters:

Tony Cohn

Tony Cohn is a marketing manager with Adscend Media, a leading rewards-based advertising ad platform for mobile apps and games. When not at work, Tony enjoys watching New York Mets baseball, smoking cigars, and running. Originally from the Bay Area, Tony currently resides in Sacramento, CA.

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