This month, we’re highlighting Matt Jacobson, Lead Software Engineer. He leads the frontend development team and is responsible for bringing creative ideas to life. Get to know Matt below.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m originally from Illinois and have lived in Arkansas with my wife and kids for (almost) a decade. When I’m not spending time with the family, I enjoy powerlifting and bodybuilding, golfing, and riding my motorcycle.
Describe your role at RichContext.
I am currently the Lead Software Engineer for the Frontend squad. My squad is responsible for all things UI and UX. We work with the Product and Design teams to help develop and implement their designs. UI/UX is all about making things easy and intuitive to use as well as aesthetically pleasing to see.
What’s the best part about your job?
What really excites me about being a software engineer is taking something from an idea and making it a reality. It’s about building something that people want or need. It’s about thinking creatively and solving peoples’ problems.
Favorite RichContext memory?
Before we started working remotely, we had a “guilty pleasures” playlist on Spotify and everyone would add their songs anonymously. It almost always resulted in multiple people dancing to one song or another. Also, playing Rebecca Black’s “Friday” every Friday afternoon just for fun.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
Most people are surprised when I tell them how long my wife and I have been together. We met in high school and have been together for 20 years as of March this year. Staying together through high school and then a long-distance relationship during college was a struggle but we tried to spend every other weekend together, sometimes by meeting somewhere in the middle of our two colleges.
RichContext, based in Northwest Arkansas, is a retail technology company focusing on digital commerce. RichContext works with some of the world’s most recognized brands and retailers, delivering end-to-end digital solutions. RichContext is comprised of a proprietary blend of engineering, UI/UX, data science and performance marketing built to shape the future of digital commerce.