Market Dojo is pleased to have welcomed our latest recruit Ryan, who has joined us within the role of Webmaster.
What made you apply to work at Market Dojo?
I was actually headhunted to work at Market Dojo myself, I previously worked as a website development project manager. But after my first conversation with Craig (marketing manager) and researching Market Dojo as a company itself really drew me in. The entrepreneurial approach Market Dojo had taken with their passion to create both an innovative and easy to use E-sourcing software fascinated me.
I knew I wanted to join this team and lend my diverse, focused skill set towards helping Market Dojo attain their goals of improving and optimising the web presence of Market Dojo’s unique SaaS software.
What is the most unusual job you have ever had?
I have previously worked remotely, not because I didn’t like coming into the office and socialising or for any personal requirements and/or needs. There was a good career opportunity there for me, so I made the leap from office chair to sofa in the comfort of my own home. It’s not for everybody though and I’d highly recommend doing some diligent research on it all. It’s not something you should lightly consider doing, the stark change in the working environment can be a staggering shock to the system.
What is your favourite book/movie?
I’m not a big reader of books, I read enough articles and news stories keeping in the know with tech and trends to fill any reading itch I might have. However, I do enjoy audiobooks, more so when I have visual source material to compare it with. For example, I liked the Harry Potter movies, but after listening to all the audiobooks I now have a lot more love for the series and the world that J.K. Rowling created and if I were to pick a book from that series, it would be The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Favourite movie is a really tough one for me, I watched a lot of old movies growing up in the 90s through the courtesy of my older sisters and father as such I often compare a lot of modern movies to the older flicks which they have taken clear influence from.
For me, I would have to choose two, Predator as an action movie that still holds its own today and has easily become a cult classic and The Matrix for changing the scope of sci-fi movies forever with its ground-breaking and innovative ideas.
What is one thing about yourself that you think others would be surprised to know?
Although I play video games as a hobby, in my early teens I was quite serious about it. I captained a team of talented young lads on the amateur GameBattles/MLG circuits, competing in various competitions and ranking in the top 3 teams in Europe.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I actually founded and run the website FinalBoss which is a site dedicated to being on the cusp of the latest pop culture trends in video games, movies, tv and tech. Which has been a great experience for me as I’m an avid TV/Moviegoer and I love giving my insights on tech and gaming.
It has become a home for people to write about what they love and express their passion for it. I put a lot of my free time into keeping it that way, a passion project for talented writers who have something to say and want a place to say it. It is hard keeping content unique as we write in a saturated niche and often get buried by bigger sites with titanic budgets, but that doesn’t stop this old band of merry-men from singing our own tune!
Where have you travelled? Favourite place?
I haven’t actually done a great deal of travelling in my life, I spent a lot of my early 20s studying and by the time I was finished I was in my mid to late 20s and by then I wanted to start earning money and putting my skills to the test.
That being said of the few places I have visited, Malta was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, the culture and architecture there was so very different to the more modern British affair, I’d love to go back and explore more of the island!
What’s on your bucket list?
I’d love to live in America, not for the American dream per-se, for a reason that may very well surprise you. For me, I’ve lived a good chunk of my life now in the UK, enough to know I’ve missed the boat on that teenage American lifestyle you see commercialised in many US sitcoms.
But if I were to make it there in my lifetime I would like my children to experience the cultural differences, if you’re English and you’re reading this you already know that being a teen in the UK isn’t exactly the most glamorous or captivating affair, it’s pretty standard and I’d want my kids to experience something a little bit different.