Q: What excites you the most about working at a company like Apex?
First off, I believe that anything space-related is an awesome thing to pursue. The missions behind most companies in the industry are, at their core, really noble and inspire employees beyond just their salaries. Apex is particularly cool because it aims to accelerate the industry as a whole, targeting a bottleneck in the manufacturing process that will significantly speed up the space ecosystem.
I also love the fact that Apex is located in Culver City, which is such a unique place to work. It has this old Hollywood side downtown, but then you drive just 5 minutes west and find yourself at our offices; it's pretty neat.
Q: You come from a software background. How has the transition been to a hardware company?
Working with hardware presents a host of interesting challenges. It requires a lot of preparation and planning, and timelines are significantly more complex than in software. Apex collaborates with vendors from around the world, all of whom have different delivery timelines for our parts. This is completely different from software, where the biggest delays are usually internal. I'm excited to tackle these kinds of challenges.
Q: You are a week into your career here at Apex. What has surprised you the most so far?
One thing that has surprised me is the speed at which the company operates. It's a really fast-paced environment, which is great. The people at Apex are truly determined to accomplish tasks quickly, and it's evident.
Q: Tell us a bit about what you do in your free time.
I've recently jumped onto the Pickleball trend. The jury is still out on whether it's a fad or not, but for now, I really enjoy it.