Name: Ben Chrobot
From: Kingston, NY
From: Kingston, NY
Job: Bioinformatics Software Developer / Co-founder at LongTail Biotech
Here’s what a typical day in your life looks like: Mornings are an important time for me. I take my time making a big breakfast with NPR or podcasts on in the background. Then I walk over to Prosper, turn the electric kettle on for tea, and begin putting together priorities and blocking out working time for the day. On a good day, the rest of the day is spent actually writing code. Other days it’s broken up with meetings in Manhattan or following up with clients.
What is the best thing about being your own boss (or working remotely)? Having 100% control over how I work. This includes the hours that I work, where I work those hours, the tasks I prioritize, and the process I follow for getting those tasks done.
What’s the worst? Drawing a line between work and personal life can be very difficult, especially starting a company where there is always more work that needs to be done.
Where did you work before you discovered Prosper? I worked at a standup desk three feet from my bed with very poor natural light. This made that work/personal life balance thing even harder.
Which is your favorite spot to work in Prosper’s 1024 Broadway space? The tables upstairs get amazing natural light so I generally work on one of those. If I really need to focus in then I’ll grab a table or a room downstairs which has great sound insulation.
What does the word “Gowork” mean to you? Getting the work done, wherever you might be.
What do you hope to achieve in 2018? Get LongTail Bio off the ground! Genomics is still an emerging field in industry and, in the words of Wayne Gretzky, we’re trying to skate to where the puck will be, not where it has been. We have many academic labs interested in our services and now are working on industrial and clinical clients who have begun branching out into genomics.