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Who’s Who at Tango Card: Darius Houle

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Darius is a Senior Software Developer at Tango Card. He is the definition of getting it done and keeping it simple.

How long have you been at Tango Card?

I moved to Seattle from a small town last December and started at Tango Card then.

What is your position? What does it mean to you?

Software Developer: My work is solving problems. The things I create should make life easier for everyone, be it a customer or an employee of Tango Card.

What gets you excited about Tango Card?

There are a couple things I can name off the top of my head:

1. Coding is a creative outlet. Working on complex engineering tasks keeps me constantly interested. I like the feeling of being challenged everyday.

2. Tango Card’s vision of motivated happy employees everywhere makes me feel like I’m working on a positive force in the professional world.

What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had at Tango Card?

Seeing Rewards Genius grow from a prototype to a full blown product with great traction. The feeling of creating something people like using is extremely fulfilling.

Favorite App/website to boost productivity?

My flavor of the week has been Visual Studio’s NuGet. As a newcomer to the .NET platform the package manager has really made it easy to include external dependencies in a project.

Favorite App/website to “take breaks”?

http://www.reddit.com/r/dailyprogrammer

What music is on right now?

Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers

What is your motto?

My very tongue-in-cheek motto comes from a great article by David Lieb: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/20/cognitive-overhead/

Test on the young, old, and drunk

I truly believe providing simplicity for people is one of the hardest parts of product development and innovation. Working hard to making software as simple and elegant as possible is a major tenet any developer can get behind.

Broad user acceptance is challenging, and my ultimate goal will always be having the wide variety of people that use my solutions say “that was easy.”

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