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Back of House with Stephen McMahon

Back of House with Stephen McMahon

Get acquainted with the human-side of FoodStorm as we sit down for monthly interviews with the people who power our business.

Steve, Senior Software Engineer, spends his days rearranging divs in React, testing code for new FoodStorm functionality and helping build upon the suite of features helping grocers transform their order ahead, prepared foods and catering businesses.

1) What do you enjoy most about working at FoodStorm?

I really enjoy that we're a small and focused team inside a much (much) larger organization. Being a small team means we deliver quickly and own everything from start to finish. Everybody's individual contribution counts. It's nice to know that the work I do today will be in the hands of our customers within days or weeks.

2) Where do you see the catering industry & catering technology going in the future?

I'm really excited about the merging of the online and in-store experiences. With everyone owning a smartphone now, the ability to seamlessly blend online and offline shopping is becoming a reality. Ordering items for pickup while shopping and getting real-time updates as you browse is really cool. Then there's the whole world of digitizing and automating manual tasks for catering staff, enabling them to get more done with less stress.

3) Tell us about your background that led to you joining the FoodStorm team:

I've worked in a range of roles and jobs in the past - the best job ever is still being a go-kart track attendant. Some of these roles I understood the domain 100%, while others I still don’t know the purpose of the work I did. I found that the places I enjoyed were the ones where I could empathize with the people who would be using what I created. FoodStorm really gives me that sort of feeling. I understand the pains of trying to order a custom birthday cake (a Millennium Falcon - it was awesome) and dealing with hundreds of Starbucks orders per hour (less awesome).

4) What are the values that drive you?

I value knowing the work I do is useful for someone, it doesn’t have to blow their mind (though it’s great when it does) but it should at least make their day better.

5) How would you describe FoodStorm in 1 word?


6) Cat-person or dog-person?

Dog all the way. My little guy is currently bugging me for a walk. I love my daily walks and games of fetch. Though it would be nice if he could learn to let himself in and out. 

7) If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be & why?

Dino Pasta! They’re fun and cute, but no one talks about how they are actually a good shape for holding sauce.

8) What’s your favorite way to spend time off?

Drinking coffee, riding bikes and drinking beers normally in that order. I find riding somewhere makes the trip enjoyable even in a headwind on a cold winter's day; it has a sense of accomplishment at the end. 

9) What are you currently playing, reading, watching or listening to?

Currently watching "Foundation" on Apple+. I'm really enjoying it as I never finished the books, so everything is new and interesting. I'm currently playing "Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order" and thoroughly enjoying being a Jedi, even if I do end up jumping off the edge of a platform multiple times per session. Where's Occupational Safety when the Empire builds a Death Star?

10) If you were a professional wrestler, what would your Ring Name be?


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