Get to Know Our Team: Andy

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As CTO/VP of Data Services, Andy Bullock is the master of all things data. With origins in the land down under and the East coast, he's kept busy these days by his two children and "computery-stuff".

Where are you originally from? What brought you to Chicago?
Born in DC, I spent most of my childhood there. Spent high school years in Nashville, TN. Ended up in Chicago largely due to proximity with the college from which I graduated (Purdue) and the breadth and depth of the tech job market here.

How did you end up at Den Aviary? Tell us about your career so far and what brought you to this amazing team:
I worked closely for several years with Jason and Kevin while at Orbitz. After that, I spent several years in consulting. Jason started Den Aviary, my background jived with his vision, and I joined in 2013.

What’s the farthest you’ve been from where you currently live?
Australia. My mother was born and raised there, so I periodically visit. I generally spend most of my time there in rural New South Wales.

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Do you have a hobby or side project?

My kids take up most of my free time now (3 and 5).

Aside from that, computers primarily. I build my own PCs and dabble in various computery-stuff, be it new database technologies or cryptocurrency mining. I’ve got a couple of Raspberry Pis that don’t serve much purpose beyond acting as a testbed for horrible ideas. If you don’t know what a Raspberry Pi is, you’re cooler than I am.

I dabbled in brewing beer for a while but would never subject anyone I liked to the results. I also have a sweet miter saw but I haven’t figured out much to do with it yet, but if you need someone to cut wall trim then I’m your freaking guy.

What’s your guilty pleasure song?
“My Name is Jonas” by Weezer.

What’s the best food you can make?
Crab cakes. I also know the correct perfect ratio for a rum and coke, adjusting for whether or not the rum is spiced, whether the coke is Pepsi or actual Coke, and how late it is.

List your pocket contents:
Car keys. Wallet. Security badge. A washed/faded/forgotten receipt from a Maui airport Burger King.

GIF: “gif” or “jif”?
“Gif”. The “G” is for “graphic”. “Jraphic”? HELL. NO. A war will be fought over this one day and I will be on the front lines.

If you could have the personal email address of any famous person, who would it be and what would you email them about?
Warren Buffett. He is a case study in patience and long term vision. He is also remarkably well grounded, doesn’t live too extravagantly for one of his ludicrous means, and has earmarked 99% of his wealth for philanthropy. Beyond general interest in picking his brain, I’d probably succumb to base selfishness and ask him to personally manage my money.

Best advice you’ve ever received:
Look both ways.

Is there anything else you’d like to share? Interesting/fun facts about you, or accomplishments you are proud of:
I have dual US/Australian citizenship. I can do weird stuff with my thumb. I am licensed to drive a motorcycle, but haven’t ridden one since around when my daughter was born. I once saw Garth Brooks in a supermarket checkout lane. I use a mouse left-handed despite being right-handed. Spiders much bigger than a quarter frighten me to an irrational extent. My sense of humor can best be described as “stupid”.