Inside ViewPoint: Meet Bassil Silver
Name: Bassil Silver
Job title: Chief Operations Officer
Hometown: Arlington, MA
How long have you been with ViewPoint?: 18 years
Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, Energetic, Excited
Favorite App: Strava
Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
I’ve only ever lived in the Boston area, but I love it!
What’s the thing you love most about Boston?
I like how Boston is a small city with many green spaces and reservation areas nearby. There’s such a rich history and the proximity to beautiful mountains in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine is fantastic.
What’s your favorite ViewPoint memory from around the office, at an event, getting to know a co-worker, or anything else?
I’ll never forget the trip I took to C2 Montreal with Alex, our CTO. Aptly titled “the intersection of commerce and creativity”, the conference opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about business and innovation. We both left feeling invigorated and inspired—full of ideas about how to make ViewPoint Cloud an awesome platform for our local governments.
What’s something you love that everyone you know hates?
Interval training on the bike. I completely understand why everyone hates intervals so much, given how much they hurt. But for me, the feeling when you complete a difficult session is incredible!
What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I play drums in a video game metal band.
What is something you’re looking forward to about this coming year at ViewPoint?
I’m excited about the big data opportunities, which will come along with bringing ViewPoint Cloud to a larger scale around the country. There are many exciting ways that we can use large datasets to facilitate more efficiency, transparency, and collaboration among our communities.
If you could be anywhere other than where you are right this minute, where would you be?
I’d be on top of a mountain. Being in nature is my favorite way to clear my head and get away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
I’ve always had a pretty deep admiration for my little brother, Naseem. He has an incredible knack for handling tough or tense situations in a very relaxed, non-confrontational way. I’m not sure if he even realized it at the time, but this was a lesson he taught me that I will never forget.
What’s the last book that you read?
The Hidden Life of Trees. It’s a very interesting book that opened my eyes to a much more complex life than I realized trees live. Currently in the midst of The Fellowship of the Ring, which is proving to be even more of an adventure than I expected.