Matthias Hager


My first experience programming was in middle school, playing with QBasic and building terrible Star Trek websites with DHTML and Perl. While attending high school, they decided that they needed to offer a programming course, so naturally they put their business math teacher with no experience in charge. By the end of the school year the class had switched from C++ to Java, it had dropped from 25 students to 6, and the teacher was asking me how to do things. That's probably the moment I realized programming could be more than a hobby for me.

While I love programming first and foremost, as in high school, my greatest asset has always been my ability to "translate" between the logical thinking required for development and the natural way people actually work. For 10 years I put that to use working as a marketer with developer skills, but I'm happy now to bring those abilities to Level 12, helping to bridge the gap between development, clients, and end users.

I have been with my wife since 2008, and we do everything together from hiking to kayaking, binge watching shows on rainy weekends, garage saling on nice ones, discovering new food, and taking random road trips as often as possible. We have a daughter who blows us away daily with her intelligence, creativity, and self-proclaimed hilarity.


Do you deserve a geek badge? Why or why not?

While I would never use the word "geek", if you could dig up archives of the awful Star Trek sites I built in middle school you certainly might. It would probably help to search in Klingon.

What’s your favorite bumper sticker?

I'm firmly anti-bumper sticker, but I can't find a good way to tell the people tailgating me.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Probably the same thing I do now, only with different goals and in different proportions (more travel, more time outdoors).

What do you miss most about being a child?

People ask me, "where did you grow up?" And I answer, "I didn't." Although I do believe the world would benefit if every job offered scheduled recess and nap times.

What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?

Written on day 1: I most like the ability to work from my own home office. I least like writing about myself. Ask again in a few weeks :)

Written on day 868: it continually pushes my boundaries and drives me to learn more and perform better; but also the overall work/life balance - I know I can shut off work when I'm done for the day and go home. Which is to say, leave the room I work in. Like the least... there could be more cake. And I still don't like writing about myself.

What’s one of your favorite websites?

My browser would probably tell you it's, but I don't typically choose favorites. Other contenders are

  • And special mention of my dad's

What’s your favorite quote?

Another favorites question, ah! Here are a few

"I don't want to go to heaven, I want to stay here and play video games!" - 5 year old at church

"Why don't we dump all the world's trash in a volcano?" - random child at the store

"Thank you God for food, and I love food, and amen." - 7 year old at church

"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." - C.S. Lewis (my favorite C.S.)

"The lucky man is he who knows how much to leave to chance." C.S. Forester (Hornblower novels) (my second favorite C.S.)

"No more ouchy pain pain." Courtney, my wife

What’s your goal in life?

To live.