You may not know Hayden Gascoigne by name, but if you’ve ever used Lucky Orange, especially our dynamic heatmaps, you’ve run across his work.
Hayden joined Lucky Orange in early 2016, and as our senior product engineer, Hayden has his finger on the pulse of Lucky Orange’s current and new software development.
I was able to grab Hayden to put him in this month’s hot seat for our “Inside Lucky Orange” feature and ask him six questions to get to know him better:
Angi Bowman (AB): Let’s say you’re describing your job to a 5 year old. How would you explain what you do here at Lucky Orange?
Hayden Gascoigne (HG): Children get phones and tablets at the age of 5 now, right? I would probably tell them I make apps like the ones on their phones. If you asked me the same question 10 years ago, I’d have to be a lot more creative with my explanation.
AB: What are your biggest accomplishments thus far in your life?
HG: Oh boy, this is a tough one. Personally, graduating from college was a big deal for me. I’m only 26, so school has taken up the vast majority of my life. It was pretty rewarding coming out the other side. Working at Lucky Orange, our dynamic heatmap tool is something I am quite proud of. It was my baby from ideation all the way up through release and ended up being quite innovative in a then stagnant industry.
AB: I’ve always wondered – what was your childhood nickname?
HG: It’s more like nicknames for me. My friends called me Haydo, my parents called me Heedle Hidle (I have no idea how to actually spell that), and my grandpa called me Snigglefritz.
AB: OK Snigglefritz, now we’re talking! What is your strangest talent?
HG: I would hardly call this a talent, but it was the first thing that came to mind so I am going with it. I can sing my ABCs backward without breaking a sweat. Maybe everyone can do that and I just think I’m special, but I have always been strangely proud of it.
AB: Now that you’ve mentioned singing, I have to ask – If you had to go up against Danny (our chief operating officer) in the World Karaoke Championship, what song would you sing to put him away?
HG: “The Distance” by CAKE. I’m pretty shy when it comes to performing in front of other people, but that is a song I am so confident in my remembrance of that I can pull it off with style and ease.
AB: Last question! Who is your least favorite superhero and why?
HG: Honestly, all of them. I’ve never been a fan of superheros and am desperate for Hollywood to stop releasing movies about them every other month. There is one major exception though, and that is Batman. He is my favorite because he is the least like a superhero. He has no powers (other than being incredibly wealthy), so he has to rely on his craftiness and his gadgets, which takes a lot more work than being born with a super power.