Freshly added to the Baynote team, we’d like to introduce our new Accounting Manager Tim Watson. When Tim’s not laughing at comics on the Oatmeal, or admiring those gutsy rugby players, he’s busy keeping track of the Baynote numbers; ensuring the Baynote staff can enjoy the perks that we all value so much here. (Did we mention he’s a great addition?) Okay, okay last pun I promise.
What is your name? Tim Watson
What is your current title?
Tell us a little about your education and professional background.
I went to school at Santa Clara, then I worked in San Jose for a big accounting firm. Once my spirit was sufficiently crushed, I moved on to 3Com (hey, remember the Palm Pilot?) for a couple years before joining in the start-up fun right around the time of the bust (v1.0). My wife and I moved to Chicago and New York for a few years and then back to the Bay Area. All the while, I did consulting projects and contract work for BP, Google and others. In recent years, I’ve worked for PSS Systems and Tiny Prints.
When you were a kid, what profession did you think you would pursue?
Probably a cop or a pilot. So, I was close…
What is your motto or personal mantra?
The hole defines the donut. The hole is not the donut.
What attracted you to Baynote?
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Baynote until a recruiter called me. The market and product sounded good, but it’s the team that sold me.
So far, what are your favorite things about Baynote?
I just enjoy being in start-ups. I’ve worked in larger companies, but a start-up has more to do and there’s more to learn. You feel like you’re making a bigger difference. I think the start-up person is a certain kind of person. In a start-up, defective personalities aren’t easily hidden (joking!) No, but so far, I really like what I see at Baynote.
What are your top three favorite web sites you visit all of the time?
The Oatmeal, Engadget, The Onion
Do you play an instrument or have a favorite sport?
I’m a fan of rugby, but I’m old enough to know better than to play.
If you could have lunch with a famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Dr. Jigoro Kano, Dr. of Education. He was the founder of Judo. He was an advocate of sports, moderator of the Olympic committee. He invented something that anyone was capable of doing. It’s arguably the second most played sport in the world. I’d choose him because his approach to teaching and the promotion behind Judo is fascinating to me.