Meet Sam Pikesley


Hello. Tell us about who you are & what your role is at OpenCorporates.

I’m Sam and I’ve been doing Computer Stuff for longer than I care to think about. I joined OpenCorporates as a Software Engineer / troublemaker in March this year. You can find out more about me at my website.

What drew you to OpenCorporates?

Working at OpenCorporates feels like an opportunity to use my powers for good. Also, I spent four years at the Open Data Institute so I have a long-standing connection to, and affection for, the Open Data world, so this kind of feels like coming home. Plus everyone who works here is really nice, and it’s a Ruby shop 🙂

Where did you grow up?

Leytonstone. I can almost see my Mum’s house from the window of the office.

What’s your favourite place?

In London, it’s either Lord’s or the Natural History Museum. Beyond that, Dartmoor.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

I’m still really very attached to London, despite its obvious flaws.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Playing drums with my band or making my garden beautiful. And occasionally building breathtakingly pointless projects and talking about them in front of people.

What’s your favourite book/movie/tv show and why?

The best thing that has ever been on television is the Sopranos, Spinal Tap is my favourite film. The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway is a great book – it’s astonishingly well written speculative fiction that looks at environmental catastrophe and kung fu.

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