The #BlueCrew features some of the hardest-working folks in the marketing technology space you’ll find today — including and especially our esteemed co-founder, Patrick Atoon.
Learn all about the professional life, personal interests, and long-term aspirations of one of our beloved business leaders in this edition of our “BlueConic Dreamers” blog series.
All about Patrick Atoon
Name: Patrick Atoon
Title: Senior Software Engineer and Co-founder
Where did you grow up?: Nijmegen, the Netherlands
What are two truths and a lie about yourself?
- I’ve taught class in India.
- I’ve conducted job interviews, even though I have never been to an interview myself.
- I’ve got over 100 scuba dives under my (weight) belt, even though I’m not too keen on boats.
(The lie: I actually went on an interview as a requirement for Social Security payment. I didn’t get the job.)
What have you learned in your time at BlueConic?
A: Nothing is set in stone at a startup. The team, and your role in it, are totally organic and flexible. Everyone gives their best to follow the plotted course. Sometimes, it’s necessary to alter that course for a better outcome, which also means a new direction for the team. I love how we all just put our shoulders under it and raise that bar.
What has challenged you the most at BlueConic?
A: I was part of the Netherlands team and was asked to come to the U.S. to help out for a couple months. This went so well that I’m currently more or less permanently in the U.S., give or take a couple of weeks a year. For me, the challenge was to leave everything I loved behind: my home, my family, my country (including and especially the lovely city of Nijmegen), and my Netherlands team homies. I’m dealing with this challenge by having an awesome time with the U.S. team, and the awesome city of Boston, by checking the pan-oceanic cams in the office and flying back every now and then.
What, if anything, would you change about BlueConic?
A: I would have packed the whole U.S. team in my suitcase to enjoy the Nijmeegse Zomerfeesten with me for my last trip back to the Netherlands.
What’s your advice to the newest #BlueCrew members?
A: Realize that you are awesome and unique — not only you, but also those around you. Grab this unique opportunity to learn from those around you.
What made you believe BlueConic was right for you?
A: I’m here because I’m enjoying myself and I feel like I’m contributing. Not 100% of the time, of course. There are times when “enjoyment” seems to have been scratched from the dictionary or your only contribution was to not break any more things than you already broke. But, overall, I’m clearly in the plus. Hearing Bootz hit another high note or rapping will invariably bring a smile to my face.
What’s your big focus at the moment? In the future?
A: Our Jira workflow sucks the life out of decent people. It needs to die. On a brighter note, my dream is to create a Slack bot that can talk to our Spotify machine.
What is your favorite BlueConic product feature?
A: I’ll go with our Product Recommendations based on machine learning, which make me drool. Keep an eye on future releases as well: We’ve got a lot of great new ones coming up.
What is your proudest moment so far at BlueConic?
A: I’d have to say when our COO, Cory Munchbach, baked me the new pricing page cake.
What would others be surprised to learn about your job?
A: I get to say “no” to our Bart, our CEO — at least sometimes. I’d love to say it more often, but, too often, he is right.
Which #BlueCrew member would you switch places with?
A: Any of our business development representatives (BDRs). They’re doing a job that I could never do, and they’re crushing it. If only people on the other side of the line knew how lucky they really are to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with them. And on top of that, they’re great people to have a drink with as well. Nothing but kudos here.
What’s your favorite sushi order?
A: You can’t go wrong with the 3-Maki Combo: tuna, tuna avo and salmon avo.
What’s your favorite sports team?
A: In random order, I’ll say: the Dutch National Men’s Soccer team, Dutch National Women’s Field Hockey team, and — of course, now that I’m in Boston — the New England Patriots.
What’s your favorite quote or motto?
A: “De maatschappij, dat ben jij.” (“Society, that’s you.”)
What’s your favorite office furniture?
A: I’ll go with the “Skarsta” (in other words, just about every white Ikea desk that I assembled for the office with the help of some other #BlueCrew members).
What is something on your bucket list?
A: I’d like to become so successful that Cory gets her Tesla.
What’s your at-work Spotify playlist?
A: Full disclosure: I created our hip-hop playlist. (I’d like to offer my apologies for picking all the explicit versions of songs.)
What’s your nickname (or favorite one)?
A: It’s “OGP” (yeah, you know me!).
What did you want to be while growing up?
A: I actually wanted to be the IRS. Think of it: Whenever money moves, you get to say, “I need a cut!”
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