#MeetMass! Our COO of MassGenie tells us what it’s like to live life as a polymath
Meet Dan DeVries, the COO of MassGenie! Dan is a polymath with a passion for travel and wine. Check out all his life’s juicy details below!
Who inspires you?
Elon Musk – He is a great visionary and polymath. Tesla, SpaceX (going to Mars), Boring Company and Neuralink.
Abraham Lincoln – Greatest president we ever had
Jeff Bezos – I like the way he plays the long game
What was the best concert you ever attended?
KROQ Weenie Roast
If you could be any animal, which would you be?
A human with a neuralink.
What’s the last book you read?
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything By David Christian. It is a great book with David Christian uses history to put order in the entire set of our knowledge about the world.
What are you passionate about?
Travel & wine
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Flew to London for the weekend to visit my wife
Big Bang Theory
Game of Thrones
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
Big Data & AI (artificial intelligence). Traditionally customers on ecommerce sites found products by searching or navigating to them. With big data and AI, MassGenie will be able to push the right products to the right users based on the users demographics, their purchase history and product popularity.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
A meal in a private dining gazebo on the beach at Qamea Resort and Spa in Fiji during my honeymoon. It was paired with with a nice bottle of Justin Isosceles Reserve
If you could visit anywhere you’ve never been, where would you go?
Pyramids in Egypt
What do you like about working at a start-up?
The fast pace and the collaboration between everyone
What’s your secret talent that very few know about?
I am a polymath – a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. My wife calls me Wikipedia.
Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
Leonardo da Vinci
What’s your favorite book?
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I have no desire to be a crayon. I want to control my own destiny, not have someone control me.
What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?
In person. It is ok if it is on the phone. I struggle with feedback via email, text, etc., because it isn’t interactive.
What is your favorite family tradition?
Who is your least favorite superhero?
What’s the best part of working at MassGenie?
Having the chance to be part of changing the way people shop via social shopping.
Question Source: Tiny Pulse