As Hostwinds is expanding and growing, we have moved Nathan P from a technical support position to our web developer position. He is our behind the scenes man and handles all things dealing with web site development for Hostwinds. Nathan is a very intelligent, extremely tech minded young man. He was raised in Northridge, California, where he attended High School at Reseda High School, located just south of Northridge. For the film connoisseurs, these are the same cities that the original Karate Kid movie was filmed, when Daniel and his mother moved to Reseda.
While attending school, Nathan stayed active in acting, biking, listening to music, drawing and socializing. He has always been the guy that his friends come to when they need advice or a problem solved, as Nathan is known for telling it like it is and solving problems. Not only can he act, develop websites, solve problems and draw, but he is also fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew. Nathan loves to learn; whether its about technological advances, some rare historical find or random tidbits of information. The facts that he loves to solve problems, enjoys learning and is dedicated to getting the job done, are the reason for his success here at Hostwinds. I truly believe that his hunger for helping others and obtaining knowledge are what fuels him daily.
Get to know Nathan P for yourself :
The business side of Nathan:
How long have you worked for Hostwinds and what is your current position?
I have been working here since Jan 12th of 2015 and am currently a Developer
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of working for Hostwinds is that I always learn something new every day. A close second (if I am allowed) would be that I thoroughly enjoy my coworkers. They are all extremely fun to work with and great at what they do.
How did you get started in the web hosting technical industry?
I’ve developed website and web-apps before, but I haven’t actually been involved in the web hosting industry before Hostwinds.
What, in your opinion, sets Hostwinds apart from other hosting companies?
Unlike a lot of other companies I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with in the past, Hostwinds employees are given several incentives, to please customers and prioritize their happiness over our profits.
What is your favorite Hostwinds product/service and why?
Minecraft. Because Minecraft.
What is your philosophy towards your work?
Do my best and others will follow.
Peter Holden [Hostwinds CEO] walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?
To launch a web-app development service where clients can submit a web-app idea and they pay us to consult with them on a way to develop both the software that drives it as well as the server architecture to support it.
Where do you rate your skills as a technician on a scale 1-10? Why?
I’d probably say about a 7. I still have a lot to learn on a technical level and while that may seem like a very important part of being a technician, the even more important part is empathizing with our clients and being motivated to solve their problems.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
Success and happiness are one in the same for me. I follow my heart and do what makes me happy, only then can I succeed in other areas.
Get to know the personal side of Nathan:
If you could have one superpower what would it be? What is the first thing you would do with your new found power?
I would love to have the superpower to jump inside video games. I’d hop into Vindictus, Space Engineers, Minecraft …pretty much any of the games I own and just mess around.
You have just won $10,000,000, what is the first thing you do or buy?
I would put $9,900,000 away into volatile mutual funds and the rest in my savings account for use later. I’ll figure out what to spend the $100,000 on over time – no need to spend it all at once.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
Inside of a video game.
What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
The vast amount of stubborn ignorance in so many critical areas which so desperately requires ideological progression if we, as a species, are going to make any sort of meaningful future for ourselves.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and the best advice you have given?
Received : Be yourself – if anyone doesn’t like you for you, they’re not worth your time.
Given: Be honest with others, but most importantly, be honest with yourself.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A dorky “super-dad” shirt to my friend who just became a father.
How would your best friend describe you?
Quirky and awkward, but reliable and honest.
What does family mean to you?
Family is anyone who can be relied on implicitly and without expectation of reciprocation who also relies on you correspondingly. Anyone can be your family – they needn’t be blood related.
If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?
I would be Jaune from RWBY. Jaune is initially a reserved, awkward, and weak character who feels pressured to live up to greatness. He cheated to get into school because he wanted to live up to what he believed was his legacy and in the process made amazing friends who taught him much more than he bargained for – that being a leader is about much more than yourself. He may have join the school to better himself, but through learning from his own faults, he makes everyone around him a better person as well.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
I believe my greatest strength and weakness are one in the same. I am dangerously curious and can become stubbornly focused on a given problem if I feel motivated to solve it. There are few problems I am uncomfortable tackling and cannot solve, but at the same time, it can be at the expense of everything else.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I make it a point to learn something from every person I meet, however small. Everyone has something to teach you because everyone has their own perspective and way of thinking.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, whom would it be?
Knowing that it would only last a week, a homeless person. I think it’d be a really positive, humbling experience.
What makes you angry?
When people are closed-minded and won’t even consider someone else’s ideas.
How many close friends do you have?
I have about 5-6 close friends, only 2 of which actually live close to me.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Curious, creative, and honest.
What’s the biggest misconception about you and why?
I can come off like a snob and a know-it-all, and while I can understand that misconception, I believe I only come off that way because I enjoy acquiring new knowledge, no matter how outlandish. I also enjoy sharing the odd facts and tidbits of information that I’ve learned if it’s contextually relevant, though not always relevant to the conversation at hand.
Nathan’s message to our clients world-wide:
“Hostwinds might be a small company now, but we’re only going to grow and be able to provide even better support.” – Nathan P.