There’s a new professional nerd at Moraware. Hey, it’s me, Calen Lopata!
After high school, I enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!). I graduated with a computer science degree – right after the dot-com bubble burst. I couldn’t get a “real job”. So, I started freelancing, doing any computer-related work I could find – running network cables, setting up Network Appliance equipment, programming Microsoft Access, and web development in Perl, PHP, Classic ASP with Visual Basic, and eventually .NET and C#.
During the next 15 or so years, I started, operated, and sold an online traffic school business, and worked for a couple interesting web-based startups, one helping families organize safe carpools to school, and another crowd-sourcing stock market predictions.
I happened to come across this opportunity at Moraware, and immediately appreciated the company’s values and goals. Here was a place where I could do the work I love, make a meaningful difference in the products, and apply a variety of web-based development skills – all with a smart, talented group of people. Finally, I found my first “real job” and I am very excited to be here.
Outside of work and coding, I play guitar, play beach volleyball, hope someday to get back to homebrewing beer, and with my wife, do my best to raise two daughters in Southern California.