04.06.23 - Makeway Culture
Meet the Maker: Robbie Lund
An interview with our Developer, Robbie Lund
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Family: Wife and 2 cats (Mango and Mahi)
Favorite Brewery: Modicum Brewing Co. in Eau Claire
Maybe not every Wisconsinite enjoys hockey and beer, but this one sure does.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to Robbie Lund, a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a Makeway developer since 2022.
Check out this Meet the Maker interview about Robbie’s journey into the profession, his time at Makeway, and all his favorite things about work and life. Including, of course, hockey and beer!
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How did you end up in web development?
Computers have always been something that interested me. I built my own back in high school and I’ve always been a bit of a techy nerd dude. After trying out a few different majors, I found a program at Chippewa Valley Technical College for software development and I figured I’d go see what that’s all about. So I took a two-year program. I decided I liked it, so I stuck with it.
What do you like about web development?
I made a bunch of websites on GeoCities and whatnot, way back in the day. I think what really got me interested is that you can write something and then see it appear. You can take a bunch of HTML and turn it into something that people can interact with.
And I’ve always liked building things. I do some woodworking on the side. I’ve always liked being able to start with nothing and end up having a thing that other people can see and use.
“The culture at Makeway is amazing. I feel like everybody here is friends. And the work we do is far above anything that I’ve done before, not just in terms of complexity but also the quality of the brands.”
What do you like about working at Makeway so far?
Literally everything. It’s so much different from the other places I’ve worked. The culture is amazing. I feel like everybody here is friends. And the work we do is far above anything that I’ve done before, not just in terms of complexity but also the quality of the brands.
One of the more rewarding projects so far was our website for the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. My friends and I like hockey, and they were like, “Wait, you built a website for the Blue Jackets?!” So that’s cool. Even though we’re all Minnesota Wild fans!
What do you do for fun?
I guess I’m not the stereotypical developer. I like being outside golfing, camping, boating, skiing, and ice fishing. It really kind of depends on the season here because the weather is so wild. But there’s not a whole lot of sitting around watching TV. I also love to travel, any chance I get I’m hopping on an airplane and going somewhere new.
I enjoy creating things in my wood shop as well. My wife and I redid our kitchen a few years ago, and we had a big gallery wall with all kinds of pictures on it. She decided she didn’t want that anymore, so she went on Pinterest and found a slat wall with wood pieces coming out from the corner. I took that slat wall idea and designed it in the shape of Wisconsin. So that’s one of the recent wood-shop projects that I just finished. I’ve also made some cutting boards for Christmas gifts.
Another one of our hobbies is to take random day trips over to breweries in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. There’s a bunch of them that we like going to. My wife and I will just be like, well, we don’t have anything to do and the weather sucks—let’s go find some breweries!
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Robbie, one of the newest members of the Makeway team. If he seems like a laid-back guy you’d like to grab a beer with, you’re exactly right!
We love having Robbie, not just for his great work but also for his positive energy.
Web developers play such a critical role in bringing a project from an idea to a real thing, and that’s why we’re excited to be hiring another back-end developer right now.
If you’d like to learn more about joining our team, visit our careers page or email us at [email protected].