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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jonathan Medina

November 18, 2013

Jonathan Medina

Jonathan Medina, UncommonGoods Security Engineer
My home town is……
Brooklyn, NY

I’m passionate about……
Innovative technology advances and the open source community.

I’m inspired by……
The open source and scientific community as well as anyone who has ever made a mistake while trying to succeed.

My guilty pleasure is……
Ordering more food than I can eat at a restaurant so I can take it home and eat it later.

The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen is…
Autonomous drones the size of a small birds. We are a few years away from have fully autonomous robots in our everyday lives.

An uncommon fact about me……
I can juggle.

Since working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned……
How to make more with less waste.

Would you rather…… use off-the-shelf computer software and hardware without modifying it for a year, or never again play ping pong with your teammates (or anyone else)?
I would be able to give up ping pong to modify something.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Dom Ramirez

November 18, 2013

Dom Ramirez | UncommonGoods

Dom Ramirez, UncommonGoods Outbound Warehouse Team Lead


My hometown is…

Brooklyn New York.

An uncommon fact about me…
I eat all my food with a spoon. Even spaghetti.

I’m inspired by…
Jim Jones

My best trait is…
My honesty.

The trait I most appreciate in others….
Their honesty.

My favorite process in the warehouse is…
Supply replenish and inventory, in Outbound.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…

How to be a team player.

Would you rather… Live in a house that looked absolutely horrible on the outside but stunning on the inside, or a house that looked amazing on the outside but mediocre inside?
I would be happy if I lived in any house. (I live in a apartment but I would love to live in a house.)

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jeffrey Mayer

November 14, 2013
UncommonGoods Customer Service Team Lead Jeff Mayer
Jeffery Mayer, UncommonGoods Customer Service Team Lead

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, NY.

My best customer interaction so far was…  
Alone one Friday night, a call from a distraught customer: Her Red Sox Baseball Bat bottle opener package was missing. The gift was for a lifelong friend of hers, needed for Sunday night. I knew we had one in our showroom. I polished it up, went to the P.O. on Saturday, and mailed it to her to arrive for Sunday myself. She was so happy, and that made me happy!

I’m inspired by…
Doing the right thing.

My guilty pleasure is…  
Swimming in the ocean late into the season; I hate the cold, but push myself to go as far into November as I can take.

An uncommon fact about me…  
I can prolifically compose a song in minutes, just give me any one note to start.

My favorite place to hang out in NYC is…
Of course, Coney Island beach and boardwalk.

My style is…
Super casual.

Since working here I have learned…  
You can really enjoy coming to work. I’ve worked at many places in my life, and many times simply dreaded getting up to go to work. Knowing that there are such friendly people here, and how everything I do is appreciated is an awesome feeling.

Would you rather…  have dinner with Mozart (or any other more contemporary composer), or play the piano solo at Carnegie Hall?
Tough one. While I would love to pick the brain of a legendary composer, I would not pass up the chance to play solo at Carnegie Hall.

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Outtakes from Our Winter Accessories Photo Shoot

November 13, 2013

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoodsA couple weeks before the temperatures started dropping, we held a photo shoot for our brand new winter accessories. Instead of bringing models in, we kept it in the family photographing our staff members adorned in these new styles. Senior Merchandising Coordinator Heather came out to help style the shoot.

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoods Rocky was a little confused as to how the mittens matched his t-shirt.

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoodsCassie was, well she was just Cassie.

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoodsMelissa pulled out some serious poses.

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoodsRachel let her hair down. Literally. We didn’t recognize her without her hair pulled back.

Winter Accessories Photo Shoot Outtakes | UncommonGoodsAnd Zack brought his A-game.

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Do you have a hot look in one of our winter accessories? Be sure to tag @UncommonGoods in your Instagram shot so we can see!

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Casey McCarthy

November 11, 2013
UncommonGoods Chief Technology Officer Casey McCarthy
Casey McCarthy, UncommonGoods Chief Technology Officer

My hometown is…
I was born in Toronto, Canada, raised in rural New England, and I moved to NYC when I was seventeen. I will always love nature, but my goal since my mid-teens was to move to NYC for all the cultures and excitement.

The tech project I’ve most enjoyed working on at UncommonGoods (so far)…
When I got here a little over a decade ago, the tools for other departments to control data and process were severely lacking. I created an internal administration site from scratch to greatly increase company efficiency and automation.

I’m inspired by…
People that make the world a better place.

My favorite place to visit in New York City is…
All the parks, particularly Central Park and Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

An uncommon fact about me…
I love to travel the world. After growing up without much money, I’ve been to 30+ countries since I graduated college. Early on, I used any extra money I had to pay off student loans and visit other cultures. Scandinavia, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, Japan, and Costa Rica have been my favorites and I have been on repeated trips.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Playing with my two year old girl and hanging out with the wife, reading history and philosophy; watching great comedy, adventure or documentary films; or listening to music.

The words that best describe me…
“Adventurous Scientist.”

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
That people are the most important part of life and business. That I’m not as smart as I thought I was and I can learn from people from all walks of life. Spending time with people from every department made me realize that, and I truly appreciate the experience at UncommonGoods; it’s a great group of people.

Would you rather …travel the world alone or travel the US with your family?
I can’t imagine someone would choose alone if they have a wife and kid : )