As the Backblaze office grows, we need someone to herd all of our cats (Well, in our case, dogs). That responsibility used to fall to a bunch of people who were all really, really busy with their own workload. Now, that person is JC! And she’s doing an awesome job—we even have a new refrigerator (Our previous one was broken for about a year). Let’s learn a bit more about JC, shall we?
What is your Backblaze title?
Office Administrator, or She-Makes-Sure-All-Employees-Are-Hydrated-Caffeinated-And-Fed.
Where are you originally from?
West Philadelphia born and raised…just kidding. I’m a San Jose, California native.
What attracted you to Backblaze?
My friend, Chris, has worked here for a couple of years. He’s always talked about the great work environment. Backblaze offered a small, family-like atmosphere and chance to grow with and impact a company. You don’t find too many opportunities like this.
What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
More about cloud storage and backup. If someone could teach me how to play ukulele while I’m here that would be great, too.
Where else have you worked?
Just about every mall in the Santa Clara County area. Memorable stores include Hot Topic, Toys “R” Us, and Starbucks. I also enjoy working for local theater companies and have moonlighted as a house manager, box office manager, backstage manager, and marketing assistant.
Where did you go to school?
I spent some time going to Sacramento State University before transferring to San Jose State University where I earned my bachelor’s of science in psychology, and a secondary bachelor’s of arts in theater arts.
What’s your dream job?
Actress/full time vlogger. I really enjoy performing and entertaining.
Favorite place you’ve traveled?
The United Kingdom. I was incredibly lucky to take a senior trip and do a theater tour of the UK. I enjoyed all the tourist sites as well as getting some time to enjoy productions in the West End and see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Did I mention theater? Aside from the performing arts I also enjoy playing World of Warcraft and RPGs.
Of what achievement are you most proud?
A couple of years ago I completed a half marathon. It’s now a new goal of mine to finish a full marathon.
“Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?
Both? I feel the “Star Wars” movies are far superior over the “Star Trek” movies, and I grew up watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi. This is what happens when you go to a California State University. They have an agreement with Pepsi and that’s all you get.
Burritos! It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can fill it with leftovers. You can get creative and throw in all kinds of crazy combinations. Did you know they make sushi burritos? And it is, by far, the most convenient food to eat whilst driving.
Why do you like certain things?
Well, on a physical level, my reward center is activated in my basal ganglia portion of my brain, and dopamine is released creating a sense of pleasure or reward. On an emotional/spiritual level, I usually like things because I have a connection with them.
Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
I often talk about my cat, Disneyland, or YouTube. I’m obsessed.
We keep hiring people that love Disneyland. We might have to have a company off-site there, eventually. Thank you for keeping our shiny new fridge stocked and for helping us keep our office under control!