Getting to Know: John Saddington

Continuing our series of “Getting to Know” with our team, where team members answer five questions. Check out previous posts on James, Su, and Peter!

This week, we have John.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I grew up spending time with Lincoln Logs, Legos, Erector Sets, Marble Works, and anything that could be used to put things together. Consequently, I thought that I’d become a car mechanic for a very long time. I was additionally inspired when my father would take me on his trips to his favorite mechanic shop – the smell of oil and a ton of super-cool (and dangerous!) tools seemed like a total dream.

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This one is an easy question to answer (which is why I chose it!): 🍣 all day, every day! After spending almost 4 years in Japan and eating a ton of amazing, authentic, and relatively cheap sushi, I learned to love the experience of eating small portions over a long period of time. Add a good friend (or two), an amazing conversation, and some comfortable seats and you have a picture-perfect evening!

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

Honestly, I’d still do a lot of what I currently do today! I really enjoy building things and I’ve always had a software project (or two) that I’m actively hacking on or a new and exciting technology that I’m experimenting with. If it’s not for a formalized business or startup then I’m building to solve my own needs and to “scratch my own itch,” so to speak. One of the last indie projects that I worked on won “Best Apps of the Year” from Apple two years in a row – it was a lot of fun!

Do you collect anything?

Nope, there’s nothing that I actively look to collect, at least physically. What I do enjoy is “collecting experiences,” especially as I get older. If there are opportunities to experience something that I’ve never experienced before, I try to say “Yes” to those things more often than not. I am an “early adopter” to new technologies (and in a way I like “collecting” new tech) but I’m desperately promiscuous and find it hard to commit to anything new unless it fundamentally transforms my behavior, which is absurdly rare and difficult to do. Finally, I have started to lightly collect corrective lenses 👓 but those are kind of expensive.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

An introvert, without question, as I gather strength and energy when I’m alone while being out with others, especially in public places, saps me of energy and can cause a bit of anxiety. But, when I’m in the presence of folks that I know and that I trust, I’m much more open and relaxed. I will say that I do find labels quite limiting, for the most part, but, they are useful for pattern matching and understanding deltas between what we expect to experience with others and what we actually behaviorally experience! Definitely fun food-for-thought.

Tune in next week for more “Getting to Know”!