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Employee Spotlight – Jon Waldstein, Lead Web Developer

Jon Waldstein, Lead Web Developer
05 Jun 2018

Zero Gravity Marketing has risen above the competition to become a top digital marketing firm in Connecticut, and we credit it to our unique, diverse team. We appreciate every player, and we know that without him or her, we wouldn’t be the successful marketing firm we are today.

With this in mind, we have launched an Employee Spotlight initiative. Our hope is that, as you learn more about each of the talented individuals at our marketing firm, you will gain further insight into why we are so great together.

Today, we are thrilled to introduce Jon Waldstein, Lead Web Developer. We have asked him a few questions to provide an insider’s look as to what makes Jon tick. Enjoy!

Jon Waldstein, Lead Web Developer

Where are you from?

Grew up in Monroe, CT, currently live in Westerly, RI.

How did you choose this career path?

My journey started as a musician and audio engineer which somehow led to programming. I don’t really know how that happened but I’m glad it did. Web development has been a passion of mine ever since.

What do you like most about your job?

I like banging my head against the computer until things start happening. In layman’s terms – I get a kick out of solving complex problems, especially with code.

What is your favorite part of being a member of the ZGM team?

We have a fun team. I like that I can be myself and joke around with people. If I couldn’t do that I wouldn’t be here.

What is the strangest job you’ve ever had?

In college, I worked at an off-track betting facility in Willimantic, CT. I learned a lot about people, gambling addiction, and the joy of pure luck.

Favorite quote?

“When life gives you lemons just say f*** the lemons and bail.” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Do you have any pets?

Currently no.

Name one thing on your bucket list.

I want to be an extra in a movie that gets adopted as an ‘all time classic.’ Then when people start listing it as one of their favorite movies, I can say I was in it and show them exactly when and where.

What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Becoming a fully employable web developer. I didn’t study computer science in college so I needed to teach myself everything. At the time, I was living off a credit card and juggling multiple part-time jobs. After countless sleepless nights of banging my head against the computer, things eventually started to make sense. It was probably the most challenging yet rewarding time of my life.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

I have a lot of hobbies. Fishing, Guitar, Coding & Snowboarding are at the top of my list.

What’s your favorite food? Least favorite food?

Favorite: Chicken Wings – Least: Olives

Pick 3 words to describe yourself.

Fun, Creative, Genuine.

Favorite musician?

Such a loaded question. I listen to a lot of different music and my favorites change every week. To keep it simple I’ll just say Bob Marley.

If you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?

Midnight Blue.

You’re about to perform in a karaoke bar. What song do you pick?

All Star by Smash Mouth.

If you could live in a TV show, book, or a movie, which one would you pick?

The Walking Dead. I would love to live in an apocalyptic world where any day could be my last. Throw some zombies in the mix and things get interesting.

If you could hang out with anyone for a day, alive or deceased, who would it be and why?

Jeremy Wade. I want to hear all of his fishing stories in person over beer.