Evernote's chief technology officer Dave Engberg takes to V3's Hot Seat this week. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has overseen the development of Evernote's note-taking software.
With Engberg's assistance, Evernote has quickly become one of the most popular productivity apps in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, a success clearly recognised by Google, which recently launched its own competing note-taking app Keep.
Engberg has over 15 years of experience in the tech field, starting out as an engineer before founding security firm CoreStreet Ltd. During his five year tenure as CTO at CoreStreet, Engberg designed and built identity management systems that became widely adopted by government groups.
V3: What's your favorite part of your current job?
Dave Engberg: I work with a group of smart friends who are good at their jobs and trust each other to do the right thing. This makes our daily challenges tolerable.
What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
I wouldn't mind writing trashy science fiction novels.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I currently use the Samsung Galaxy S III and new Apple iPad
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
I admire people who have designed technology well enough that it still works 10 to 20 years later, like [web founder] Tim Berners-Lee.
These days' lots of people can build technology that does neat things but very few people can build technology that still does neat things decades later.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Google Search. If you learn how to form the right search queries, people will think you're a wizard who knows everything.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Building Evernote has been the highlight. It's amazing to meet normal people everywhere I go who say that Evernote has improved their lives in some small way.
What was your first job?
I was a summer intern with the Barley Research Group at North Dakota State University. I think I'm the only person at Evernote who has driven a combine harvester, but now I only appreciate barley in liquid forms.
What do you do enjoy doing when you finish work?
You think I actually stop working? Just kidding, I go to a lot of movies and lately have been interested in classic cocktails.
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