Jon Farr FlightStats

Team Spotlight: Jon Farr

Team member:

Jon Farr

What is your position at FlightStats?

Director of Flight Data Engineering

What made you interested in what you do?

I’m part of a generation that started with having personal computers available, so in high school, I helped people learn how to use computers. In college, I studied economics and public policy. I tried getting a job in healthcare public policy, but there weren’t as many jobs in healthcare public policy, especially in Portland. So I found my way back to my first love, computers and technology.

How long have you been working at FlightStats?

A little more than three years.

How has FlightStats evolved since you started?

I think we’ve made a lot of progress. We’ve become more agile and simplified our organization, which has made us more effective. There is always more work to do, but I believe we’re going the right direction.

What do you like about working at FlightStats?

It’s a combination of liking the people I work with and liking what I do. I like the story I’m able to tell to our customers using data.

What’s the best part of working in flight data engineering at FlightStats?

My team affects almost everyone and we do a lot of coordination. There is also a myriad of interesting problems presented by the customers we have. So, balancing the different needs is a fun, complicated task.

What are your hopes for our company?

As Pinky and the Brain would say, “I hope we take over the world.”

What do you do in your free time?

I exercise, and I drink wine. It’s a nice balance. Oh, and I guess I spend time with my kids too :)

Any other fun facts you want to share?

I’m a morning person, and the rest of my family is not. I wake up early, usually to do yoga.