Name: Ryan Morrow
Job title: Software Engineer
Hometown: Boston, MA
How long have you been with ViewPoint?: 3 months
Describe yourself in three words: Curious, Goofy, Empathetic
Astrological Sign: Virgo
What’s the biggest thing people often don’t know about SaaS or Govtech?
I always thought of Govtech as being insular and revolving around federal employees only, but there are so many different types of people involved in the industry. Like at Viewpoint—we’re private citizens who work firsthand on improving government services.
What’s your favorite part of being at ViewPoint?
I love the atmosphere of the office. Everyone is genuinely happy to share what they’re doing, crack jokes, or discuss problems and strategies. On any given day, impromptu debates and meetings might pop up to assess our system architecture or project priorities. Everyone’s opinion is sought out and respected. Plus we get plenty of visits from a certain Shiba Inu (office dog Kaya).
What’s one thing about yourself that might surprise your co-workers?
I’ve dabbled in a lot of fields that are pretty far flung from software development. I’ve written a novel and a number of plays, performed Shakespeare in a professional company, and have a podcast about the history of psychology.
What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I’m a Dungeon Master. So I wrote the Dungeons & Dragons campaigns that a bunch of my friends and I have been playing. They’re currently fighting evil monks in a spooky castle in the Shadowfell.
Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
I’ve mainly lived in Massachusetts, growing up in Wellesley and attending high school in Boston. Then I spent my college years in Wooster, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. Boston is my favorite, because it’s what feels like home to me.
What’s the thing you love most about Boston?
There’s so much beautiful green space, especially around the Emerald Necklace. And considering it’s such a small, walkable city, it’s crazy to me how distinct and unique its neighborhoods feel—from the North End to Chinatown to Fenway to Allston.
Can you share one of your favorite photos taken in Boston? Where were you and what is the story behind it?
My girlfriend was working in an office building downtown one summer and, for the Fourth of July, they let friends and family come watch the celebrations from the roof. This was taken just before it got dark, as the fireworks launched to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It was beautiful!
What are you currently binge-watching, or your current favorite TV show?
Years after the fervor died down, I’m finally getting into The Great British Bake Off.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?
A friend once shared an old proverb with me: “This too shall pass.” I’ve always found it useful when I’m feeling overwhelmed with one particular thought or worry. It’s good to remember that things will always keep changing, for me and everyone else.
What’s a cause that you care about?
I think improving education is crucial, especially across public schools. With more funding for initiatives and teachers, modernized curriculums, and flexibility to adapt to every child’s needs and interests, we could better prepare the next generation to pursue the careers that suit their skills and interests. They’d also be better informed voters, leaders, and citizens, leading to positive change throughout society!