Tabler of the Week: Kyle Hill

Why Do We Have a Tabler of the Week?

We periodically interview one of our amazing co-workers to highlight on our culture blog.  A great culture is 100% about the people that drive it.  We come from different places, backgrounds, and experiences and all add a lot of spice to this workplace.

Tabler of the Week: Kyle Hill

Tabler Since: November 2015.

We called him Calvin Kyle for a while after this GQ photo shoot at ST headquarters.

Hails From: Lawn Guyland, Noo Yawk.

Proud Alumni Of: Providence College. Go Friars!

What is your role at Social Tables? I’m a Senior Software Engineer, working as the technical lead on the latest and greatest version of our event management software. Mostly I tell computers to make websites pretty.

goddamnit cat
He’s also a dad to a very curious cat.

What were you doing before you came to Social Tables? I’ve worked at a fair number startups in the #dctech world prior to ST, but most recently I was an instructor and curriculum author at The Iron Yard for their front-end engineering course. It was an amazing opportunity, both to pass on my experience to a new generation of developers, and to grow my own understanding of the technologies that I’m nominally an expert in. It turns out that the adage of “you don’t know something if you can’t teach it to someone else” is basically true.

Proof that he’s worked at startups…ping pong all day, erry day.

What do you like to do outside of work? So many nerdy board games — my wife and I have been part of DC Game Night more or less since we met six years ago. We also love baseball; last year we went to ten Nats games and we’re on pace to beat that tally in 2016. Also, I’m just going to assert that “drinking hoppy beer” is a hobby. It’s my profile, I can do what I want.

Kyle also enjoys being Thor.

Talk about your favorite Core Value: Data Is Our Diplomat. I think it encapsulates what everyone with a certain level of experience that’s working to make a product should have, which is the tendency and inclination to (clearly and concisely) argue for what you believe will make your team’s work better; it’s also the willingness to concede defeat once you’ve done so, and happily embrace your colleagues’ consensus.

Talk about your favorite Social Tables event: This is going to sound extremely dorky, but: GTC, our monthly all-hands meeting, is consistently great. I’m naturally curious, and I’ve worked at several companies where information on how the company is doing and what strategic directions we’re headed is kept extremely close to the vest, even from employees. It’s a breath of fresh air to work at Social Tables, where our past performance and our future vision are outlined and renewed every month.

holiday party
The holiday party wasn’t so bad either 🙂

What makes you weird? I love watching weird, foreign sports – I’ve been to the Rugby Sevens tournament in Vegas a few years in a row, I’m a member of the Port Adelaide Australian Rules football club, and I actually pay for an online subscription to watch the World Darts tournament every Christmas season. My wife’s go-to “let’s all make fun of my husband” story is how I will excitedly sit down on my couch at 1:30am and watch test cricket from New Zealand. (We have fun.)

rugby sevens
He’s also a scarecrow…so that’s something.

Cheers from Peers:

  • Mad props for realizing that on deletion of a guest, users would expect associated guests to also be deleted. Saved us a lot of pain and will make the product better.
  • Shout out for doing Coding Bootcamp and helping the Village!
  • Great job providing a digestible introduction to HTML and CSS! Looking forward to the next 3 classes!!
  • I’m not attending your bootcamp this time but the communication you’re sending is awesome and clear. Looking forward to hear how it goes and thanks for being willing to share your knowledge!
  • Thanks for leading the charge on the ES6 styling discussion. We don’t need consensus on a divisive subject – but we do need an agreed path forward. Appreciate your efforts to help us pave that.
  • Thank you for helping us manage our intern program. I have always believed in the importance of a great internship program and I’m glad to see you’ve taken this on.
  • Thanks for your help with CSS. It’s not just the details- your perspective is the most helpful part (how one needs to understand what the CSS is doing, and that using the rules as designed tends to work out best).
  • Thanks for your attention to cross-cutting concerns on our team.


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