Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

Murfie may be an internet-based company, but there’s a group of real peeps who work here (super-cool peeps, may I add!), all currently living around the Madison area. It’s our team of developers here at Murfie who are responsible for building the features on our site: everything from Wishlists and the album pages to the Android app and more. You can meet one of these folks today:

ZACH FOSTER

Where are you from? > I’m from a little town about 20 minutes north of Milwaukee called Cedarburg. It’s a quaint little town with a rustic main street. At some point, in some magazine or something, it was said to be number three on the top tourist attractions in Wisconsin, but though it’s cute, it’s not that cute.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > I’ve been working at Murfie since August of 2011. I originally started as an Ops member, but gained enough knowledge to move into a developer role. I’ve been developing for almost a year now, and I absolutely love it.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > My favorite part of the job is my group of coworkers. I love having really motivated and creative people around me, and every day, Murfie employees are doing awesome things around Madison. Our gang is making Madison a better community, while making Murfie a better company. There’s nothing like good people.

What kind of music can be found in your collection? > Since I was gifted roughly 500 discs, my collection is a mess. That being said, it’s full of some of my favorites, artists like: Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes, Phosphorescent, and The National. I drift heavily into the Folk/Indie/Americana side, songs with good lyrics and peaceful, spare melodies.

Who are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > Oddly enough, this is an easy question for me, I’ll give you three, two of which I already mentioned: Bright Eyes, Phosphorescent, and Bob Dylan. You’d be surprised by how similar they all are.

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be any why? > Definitely Dylan, but it would have to be when he was just getting started releasing albums, around when he released the self-titled. I don’t think I am interested in anything he’d have to say, but boy, I would love to hear him speak.

Are you a Beyoncé fan? > I went through a phase because I grew up with a sister three years older than me. That’s all I can reveal.

What album are you really digging right now? > Volcano Choir‘s Repave. I think “Comrade”, the third track, is etching itself onto my plaque of all time favorites.

Do you have any pets? > I do. I have two turtles who were given to me by Tyler, another sMurf, and I have a 1-year-old kitten named Matilda. She’s quite the little bundle.

What is your favorite food? > Curry. 4 stars.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Too many things. I’m not good at sitting still and doing nothing. My current obsessions are exercising, watching Miyazaki films, and reading. I’m working on a couple side projects, including a social app for new parents and their children, and a developer bootcamp for others interested in obtaining job skills that one may not learn in school.

Now you know more about Zach, someone who does a lot for Murfie! Behind the scenes, we have a lot going on here!

Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

Today you can get to know someone who does a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff at Murfie! As you know, many good changes to the site have recently been rolled out, and the people who make those ideas reality are our developers! Meet one of these folks today:

                   TIFFANY GREEN

4a1b33a2-d849-11e2-867c-7a9e1c310b2aWhere are you from? > I’m from Madison, but I grew up in Janesville and lived in Illinois and Louisiana for a while.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > I’m a front-end developer, though all the developers cross into a lot of code areas. I’ve been here for about 8 months.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > It’s so challenging and interesting, and I really like all my co-workers. It blows me away when I think about how much I’ve learned since I started here, and all of my co-workers are so creative and interesting.

What kind of music can be found in your collection? > Some jazz, singer/songwriter stuff, a bit of heavy metal, old punk, some swing, a bit of classic rock.

21270-largeWho are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > That’s a hard question. At least right now, I’d say Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, John Lee Hooker, Regina Spektor, Peter Gabriel, and Morphine.

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > Janis Joplin – I don’t think I can talk about why in a work-related blog post. :)

What album are you really digging right now? > Babel by Mumford & Sons.

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Do you have any pets? > Yep, 3 chihuahuas and 2 cats. The total weight of cats exceeds the total weight of dogs in our house.

What is your favorite food? > Buttermilk biscuits.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Working on my house and garden, baking, reading, and playing with my goofy dogs.

Now you know more about Tiffany, someone who does a lot for Murfie! You can follow her on twitter via @squareleaf.

Murfie Is Hiring: Open Developer Position

Attention all you super talented web developers. The greatest news you will ever hear: Murfie. is. hiring. If you’ve got back-end and UX chops, and killer programming moves, show us your stuff. We wanna see what you can do.

We most certainly value a rock solid skill set, but we’re also lookin’ for someone who’s versatile and ambitious. We’re a growing startup, so the workload will be varied and interesting. We also like to think our work environment is pretty darn fun. Check out this job posting for more details.

Interested? Please contact Preston Austin, preston@murfie.com, or Jason Gullickson, jason@murfie.com.

The Dev Cave, Episode 1

Forget man cave, mantuary, or manspace. Let’s hear it for “dev cave,” a monthly update from our lead developer, Jason Gullickson.

“This month we focused on bolstering the inner workings of the Murfie machinery. We just rolled out a new “Disc Dematerializer” to improve the speed at which members’ discs get posted as well as an overhaul of our existing warehouse system to support posting discs one-at-a-time (instead of having to wait for an entire kit to be processed).

Once we finish up the improvements under the hood, we’ll be focusing on the parts of Murfie our members use the most. We want to make the site faster and easier to use as well as implement the features popularly requested by members.

In addition to our regularly scheduled programming (har har har) we have some experimental work going on in the Murfie labs. Mobile apps, cloud music locker interfaces, and other R&D projects are under way as we continue to look for new ways to make Murfie the best online music platform in the world.”

Sweet! Thanks, Jason! For the very latest from our developer team, stay tuned to more episodes of The Dev Cave each and every month.

Meet our new lead developer!

Please join me in welcoming Jason to the Murfie Dev Team. Now, stand up and applaud his killer speech! (It’s actually a Q&A, but hey!)

Name: Jason J. Gullickson.

Nickname: Mr. Black.

Why I joined Murfie: I saw it as a way to combine my love of music, software development, and innovation with the added benefit of working with some of the smartest and most interesting people I know.

What I do at Murfie: I’m responsible for the software we write to make Murfie work. Right now, I’m focusing on making that software work faster and better as well as looking forward to what technology we will be offering to our members next.

What I do best: Make Things Work.

My favorite coding jujitsu move is: I’ve gotten myself out of some tight corners using “reflection,” but of course the best move is to avoid the corner in the first place.

The music I play the most: By sheer play count it’s got to be either Bach’s The Musical Offering or Metallica’s …And Justice for All, but lately Baba Brinkman and Professor Elemental have both been getting pretty heavy rotation…

The music format I dig the best: Live of course! But of the recorded mediums, I love the lossless digital formats we have now (although I’ll always have a soft spot for listening to Martin Denny or Juan Esquivel on a classic Marantz hi-fi).

What makes Murfie so rad: Murfie delivers on the radical idea that you can own a recording, and that music can be bought and sold online with the simplicity of physical media but with all the convenience of electronic delivery.