Meet the team: Nathan Purcell

Published: 31 March 2020

Nathan Purcell

Background

Nathan attained his degree in Computing from Edinburgh Napier university in 2009 and began working in digital agencies in Edinburgh shortly after.

He has worked with recognised global brands including luxury spirit manufacturers and international sports teams as well as local government institutions to deliver software products for real-world use.

Let's break the ice​

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?​

A hand-written message on the wall of a garage I did a work placement for during high school:

Think Ahea

Not exactly something I carry with me every day, but something I do try to employ in my work. I don't see the point in doing half a job. You're only taking time away from yourself further down the line.

Think ahead, do it properly.

What’s your favourite book and why?​

"The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten" by Julian Baggini. This is a collection of thought experiments and brief responses offered by the author. I don't have a huge amount of time to read, and fiction isn't my go-to, so this style of book is an excellent way to spend a short break reading something interesting and challenging. Julian has collected 100 ancient philosophical and moral questions (some nicely veiled in popular culture) and writes a response that can help to train you to consider a problem from a different angle or another point of view.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your phone, which ones would you keep?​

Tricky! There are some I need every day (for example online banking, TFA app), but if we ignore that as a category: ​

  1. Spotify - Music is essential
  2. WhatsApp - Everyone has WhatsApp so it's an easy, free connection to others.
  3. 1.1.1.1 (Cloudflare VPN) - Faster, safer internet - it's free too!

If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?​

To the future! I can read about the past and you can't change it (I don't trust myself not to cause a butterfly effect-style disaster anyway) so let's go beyond our years and see what's happening in the year 3000! Maybe we'll finally have the flying cars we were promised.


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