This edition of our Team Q&A series is particularly special. Larry Tosh is an eVideon legend, having written the very first line of eVideon code, back before we were even called eVideon! He also recently celebrated 25 years with our organization, and we know you'll love reading his Q&A.
1. What’s your role at eVideon, and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I'm a software engineer and team lead for eVideon. I divide my time between programming and helping to keep the team moving forward. Our approach to development is very agile, emphasizing people over processes and working code over just about everything. It's lightweight, but we have regular development cycles and requirements gathering and I try to keep an eye on those things.
2. What is meaningful to you about your job?
Producing a product that may improve people's health is very gratifying. But day in and day out, I just enjoy the labors of software engineering. Software is "soft" because it fills the space between machines and people, and that requires both precision and intuition. The challenge is to maintain as much clarity and coherence as possible with respect to problems that can easily veer off into intricate fuzziness. The feeling of getting it right, however transitory, is really rewarding.
3. Where can you be found when you’re not in the office?
My wife and I have a place near Lake Michigan with some pastures where we keep horses, so I spend a lot of time toting hay bales, fixing fences, cleaning out stalls. I'm also an amateur guitar player who aspires to play other instruments like mandolin and fiddle, which leads to a lot of kitchen concerts among family and friends.
4. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I'm happy that I have been able to contribute to the success of eVideon as it grew from something tentative and experimental to a mature product that has a real impact on people's lives.
5. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that changed or stayed the same?
I can't remember any specific childhood aspirations. I was a daydreamer and spent a lot of time building imaginary worlds. I suppose that's not too far from software engineering.
6. Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Probably a character actor like Gary Oldman, someone who can play the understated guy that sometimes surprises you. Plus, we're the same age.
7. Poetry fun! Write a haiku about healthcare and/or technology.
Tackroom, empty dish
the cat yowls from the hay bales
feline unit test