Employee Spotlight: Josh Hurst

Meet Josh Hurst, Trava’s Director of Engineering!

Meet Josh Hurst, Trava’s Director of Engineering!

In your words, what is your role at Trava.

I work alongside UX and software engineers so that they are growing in their careers as they're building Trava's software platform, so I look at my role as a coach. I align team members with the rest of the business and I help them perform at their best.

Describe Trava in 3 words. 

I would say courageous is the first one. So working on a problem that hasn't really been solved before us, that takes some ambition and courage. Next, funny. So we take the work really seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously, which helps make the work more fun. And then, connected, so we take the time to get to know each other, we share milestones in each other's lives, and we know each other on a deeper level, which, again, makes the work more fun.

Where is your happy place?

I would say in the backyard, throwing a ball. I love to play catch. But a close second would be in the woods, hiking, just getting out into nature.

If you could give your 13 year old self advice, what would it be?

I would say that you're going to learn a ton through sports. You're going to learn a ton playing video games, believe it or not. I think a lot of that translates really well to working with people in a remote setting. And I would tell myself that things are going to work out just fine.

What is your favorite motivational quote?

I would say the first part of the quote in Shawshank Redemption when Andy Dufresne says,

"Get busy living."

I think just going after life and having fun with it and taking chances is a good model to live by.

What has been your favorite project at Trava?

Definitely phishing, so the phishing features that we built and we support. It's really relatable, so I can tell my in-laws, I can tell my mom what that feature is and they understand it. A lot of cybersecurity isn't very relatable and it's hard to understand, so that was a lot of fun to work on for that reason.

Cats or dogs?

I've had both my whole life, so I feel like I have a lot of experience with this question, but I have to say dogs, dogs all the way. Kittens and puppies are tied, but what is the cat's end game? What's a cat's ultimate goal? You just can't trust cats, so I have to say dogs.

What is your definition of success?

I would say, build meaningful relationships with people and work on things that matter.