An Interview With Ethyca’s Front-End Whiz Denny Temple

An Interview With Ethyca’s Front-End Whiz Denny Temple

Q. In civilian words, how’d you describe your job at Ethyca?

As a front-end engineer, my job at Ethyca is to build the platforms that our users see and interact with directly.

Q. All Ethyca users interact directly with what you work on, that must be exciting! What are your go-to resources for keeping up to date on Ethyca’s industry?

To me, data privacy doesn’t exist as a separate “vertical.” Ethyca’s “industry” here is the entire width and breadth of the modern technological era. So, in addition to reading from more traditional media outlets such as TechCrunch and Investors Business Daily, I’m a daily consumer of Hacker News, and I’m subscribed to multiple industry newsletters and podcasts, such as Javascript Weekly, Indie Hackers, and the Changelog podcasts.

Q. What are you working on right now that you’re most excited about?

Outside of my responsibilities at Ethyca, I’m currently seeking to co-found a startup with an old business colleague of mine. I’m currently building the core prototype from the ground up, while my colleague, with his extensive knowledge in our target domain, has been working towards securing our initial seed investments.

Q. How cool is that! Is that something that started during COVID or was this planned for a while?

We’d been workshopping the idea for awhile, but COVID caused us to cool off on it for a time. Family and self-care must always come first, no matter what. However, now that we’re entering the era of the “new normal”, it’s been the time to put our boots back on the ground.

Q. What lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

I feel that people learned many lessons during the pandemic. Some of these ideas, both from myself and others, may be a bit more politically charged than what people would’ve found comfortable in the “before” times. The fact that corporations and governments have always had the ability to accommodate those who were struggling the most among us (such as by providing WFH-friendly policies for the former, and UBI for the latter), they just simply chose not to exercise those responsibilities.

The fact that society can survive a month without its legislators and reigning board members, but when you attempt to go a week without its workers? Widespread economic collapse and devastation will follow.

That the failures of the rich to provide their fair share will always doom their nations in the end to disease and foreign invasion, as had happened to Rome, and as happened to the many empires that came before us that no longer survive.

Q. Have you learned any new skills in the past few months?

Nope! I went the opposite direction from most people, and I doubled-down on the hobbies and skills that I already had. I nearly tripled the amount of reading that I was doing for my favorite genres, increased the amount of history videos that I was watching, and spent some time increasing my skills generally as a programmer.

Q. Who would you like to have a 30-minute Zoom meeting with? It could be anyone in the world!

That’s a tough one. I’d probably say, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Q.  Great choice! Is he one of your heroes? Or you’d add someone on the list?

I’d say that the word “hero” is one that our society tends to use too liberally. True heroism comes from responsibility and duty to each other, and it comes at the times where these two concepts are at its most inconvenient. So the people I would most want to name “heroes” are people whose names I will never be able to learn.

Q.  Last thing I want to ask you is what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be kind.